Wednesday, August 16, 2017

#WriterWednesday with Author KR Bankston

Today's author interview is with KR Bankston. Scroll down and get acquainted with her and her work!!!




AT: Where do you live? What’s your town’s claim to fame? 
KRB: I live in Jonesboro GA, originally from Tallahassee FL. Honestly I am not sure what Jonesboro’s claim to fame is, but I do know that Tallahassee is home to a great HBCU, Florida A&M University and its world famous band.

AT: What genre do you write? 
KRB: I honestly do not like to confine myself by genre. I write the story that wants to be told. I have written erotica, criminal romance, contemporary romance, horror. 

AT: You're not one to be confined to boxes, I see, a true artist. Are you a published author or aspiring to be published? If published, how many books are out there with your name on them? 
KRB: I am a published author with over 30+ titles to my credit.





AT: Wow!! What inspires you to write? 
KRB: My inspiration comes from life. I have always written in some form for as long as I can recall. Sometimes as therapy through the bad, others to share in the good, and everything in between. My imagination is a wonderful gift from the Divine Creator so I never try and stymie it.

AT: We definitely share in that sentiment. Name one book you wish you’d written. 
KRB: I cannot really say. I mean if you are referring to something on the market already, even then I cannot say. I am a firm believer that everything to be written by me, will be inspired and I will write it.

AT: What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it? 
KRB: The last book I was afforded the opportunity to read was entitled, I’ll Be Damned, which is an autobiography of Eric Braeden of Y&R fame. It was a wonderful read. It was very enlightening and entertaining. I am glad I took the time to check it out.

AT: I love memoirs. Gotta check that on out! Who is your favorite author? Why? 
KRB: My favorite Authors are VC Andrews, and E. Lynn Harris. I love them both for the same reasons. They were masters of the serials. They could draw you in so deeply and passionately to the stories that you felt incomplete not reading all of them. I loved their use of language, expression, and description when writing.

AT: Love me some E. Lynn Harris! Now for the fun questions! You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why? 
KRB: Caramel Cayenne. Smooth and creamy on the outside, hot and fiery on the inside. Lol. I am very laid back person, pretty live and let live type, but if you push the right button, it will get very hot, very fast.

AT: Okay, we've been warned. LOL. What would your autobiography be called? 
KRB: I see this question asked often, and honestly I don’t know. Maybe something very simple as “And I Still Ain’t Scared of the Mountains Left to Climb”

AT: Sounds good! Do you believe in love at first sight? 
KRB: Yes! Now I can see anyone who thinks they know me laughing, but those who truly do will understand the answer. I am not the mushy romantic type, but hell yes I believe in love. Truly, madly, deeply!

AT: If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? (can't ask for more wishes) 
KRB: Health, Wealth (different than riches), Breaking of every Generational curse over my bloodline.

AT: Love it! Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why. 
KRB: I’m a spring, summer, early fall type person. I love warmth, I love new life, I love watching the colors in nature change. 

AT: Tea or coffee? 
KRB: Tea (by default). I still love the smell of coffee but had to break the habit a few years back.

AT: Tell us about your most recent/current project.
KRB: I am working on a novel which steps away from some of the things my avid readers normally associate with a KR Bankston novel, but trust it will be great! Lol. I will only say small town, greed, arrogance, power, and progress,  in regard to the content of the story.

AT: Definitely sounds like the makings of a good story to me! How can readers connect with you.
KRB: I can be reached on my website, www.krbankstononline.com (contact), Twitter - http://twitter.com/KRBankston 

AT: Any final words? 
KRB: Thank you so much for allowing me this opportunity to connect and reach out to new readers. I would love to invite you all to give me the opportunity to woo you. Download the free novella from my website and enter the world of KR Bankston novels. Thank you to those who have supported the movement to this point. I appreciate you and I look forward to many more book adventures before we call this journey over. Lastly, please if you have not, Register and VOTE! Our voices are so important at this juncture in our country’s history. Not just national elections either, please vote in every election you can. Local elections are important!!

AT: Thanks for your words of wisdom, KR. It was wonderful getting to know you!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Virtual #Book Tour, Put It In Ink, by Danyelle Scroggins


Hello! I'm excited. This is one of my stops during the two week tour for Put It In Ink by Danyelle Scroggins. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs August 7-18, 2017. 

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Author: Danyelle Scroggins
Genre: Inspirational Fiction
ASIN: B01FP5TZC8
ISBN-10: 0996003878
ISBN-13: 978-0996003872


Nikiya Barnett aka Nikki, is still secretly suffering in silence concerning losing the love of her life, Raja Abrams. She desires total healing from God, but somehow seems to be stuck in her heart and mind. She alongside her two best friends who happens to be her coworkers, are trying to make Salon Select the new ‘it’ spot but this does not happen until they invite God in, by way of Sappora Ink.

Sappora Ink is the new blog talk show host with a show entitled, RFRT~Real Folks, Real Truths. Sister Ink is a straight to the point, raw, doctrinaire Christian girl trying to help her friends in this sinful world. She is changing the world one show at a time, and taking Shreveport by storm with the help of Nikiya Barnett, the owner of Salon Select, who has opened her salon as a hosting spot. Little does Nikki know, Sappora is closer to Raja than she thinks?

Raja is stuck in a world wind of adversity that he seems to have created for himself. Through R.A.B.~ Raja Abrams Broadcasting, he is trying to secretly make Nikki aware that their time together was not a waste, but will his method be the same method used to change his life forever?

Things happen when we choose to let God in. Whether we appreciate His ways or not, we must remember, His ways are not our ways. Will life change for the better for Nikiya and Raja, or is the plan that has been laid before them all a part of God’s plan?

Pastor/ Author Danyelle is the Senior Pastor of New Vessels Ministries North in Shreveport, Louisiana. She studied Theology at Louisiana Baptist University, has a Psychology Degree from the University of Phoenix, an Interdisciplinary Degree in Psychology /Biblical Studies from Liberty University, and is presently working on a Master’s in Religious Education from the Liberty University. Pastor Danyelle owns Divinely Sown Publishing LLC and is the author of both Christian fiction and non-fiction books. She is the wife of Pastor Reynard Scroggins Sr., the mother of three by birth and two additional by marriage.


Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Author Danyelle Scroggins


       One thing is for sure, if you know Author Danyelle Scroggins, you know that it is hard for her to keep secrets about herself. Danyelle has a no secrets concerning her life and most people do not understand how she could write about such personal details of her life and not be ashamed. 
       After this, you may just understand her a little better and have some more nuggets to add to your Scroggins knowledge bank. 
       Here is a list of ten things to help you discover the truths about her and her life.

1. At age 10, she decided she would never be blackmailed. 
As a girl growing up, she watched the soaps with her mother. After seeing the effects of blackmail and realizing the secret still gets out, Danyelle decided at a young age to just tell on yourself. Ha-ha! Some might say, “That’s crazy.” Nevertheless, to her, it is the very reason her ministry book spoken, and written words thrive. God gave her method to this madness years later…You Revealed So That Others May Be Healed.

2. A teenage mother who still adores children.
Although she never saw herself as a parent but always had a knack for getting the best out of children. It was not until she became a teenage mother that she totally became a magnet for children: her very own and others. Danyelle said, “My daughter Raiyawna became the saving grace for my flesh because I never wanted my daughter to grow up feeling some sort of way about my moral choices. I wanted her to look up to me and allow me to be her first role model.” Well, it worked because not only is she the role model to her daughter, she is to her two other children, four godchildren, and a slew of others who call her, Mom.

3. At age 12, she had her first marital counseling session.
The mother of her friend was going through relationship challenges, and Danyelle began to tell her some things she could do to make things better in her relationship. WOW! Now she counsels couples on a weekly basis concerning marriage.

4. Her first job was at McDonald's.
At age 16, she worked at McDonald's for two weeks and ended up walking out of the job when some unruly teens trashed the restroom. 

5. Now&Later candy is her favorite.
Give the chick a piece of Now&Later, and you will be her best friend for life.  She loves all flavors, but green apple is her absolute favorite.

6. She is obsessed with the Golden Girls and stills to this day gets in a rerun or two weekly.
Her favorite character is Blanche Devereaux, played by Actress Rue McClanahan because she shows how she would be if Jesus had not saved and turned her life around.

7. She was never committed to anything until she became a pastor.
She fancied being able to do whatever she wanted whenever she wanted to and just when she thought she was celebrating life her way, God called her into ministry, which eventually led to becoming a pastor. Danyelle believes that she had never gone to anything faithfully, not even school, without becoming bored and eventually dreading to go until she became a pastor. Now, it nearly hurts her heart to be absent from a Sunday morning service.

8. Got saved not in church but on a 747 between LAX and Tokyo International.
It was up in the sky where she asked God to come into her heart and save her soul, and He did just that. She got off the plane with a new mission and a new determination.

9. The older sister who acts as the second mother.
Her three siblings are younger, but all know just who to call whenever they need someone to call in a favor from the Lord for them. 

10. Prayer time for Danyelle is more like watching a few prime time shows. 
She prays a lot; this discipline has made her life more fulfilled and joyful. 


Excerpt
Nikiya “Nikki” Barnett
Nikiya Barnett, known to shop patrons and friends as Nikki, was eager to tune in to RFRT with Sister Sappora Ink. The blog talk show previewed for the first time the past week, rating high and considered a hit by reviewers. As far as Nikki was concerned, the world needed someone who would tell the truth, live the truth, and share the truth, even if it were a blog talk show host.
As explained, Sister Ink answered questions about relationships, and although honest, she was raw. Against her will, Nikki listened to blog talk shows often blaming the desire to be a good best friend for this phenomenon. A couple of them were worth listening to, but some were uninformative and a useless waste of time. The hosts were inexperienced or too pretentious to explain life’s circumstances with realness and clarity. They failed to solve problems or share foundational truths from the Gospels, as Chelle declared Sister Ink did.
For the first time, Nikki’s curiosity about a show’s review ignited interest and Nikki refused to miss it. Intent on judging for herself perhaps sparked the motivation. It may also have been the desire to understand how she lost the love or her life or the need for spiritual advice. Either way, Nikki would be in the front of the computer, with an open mind centered on Sis. Ink.
The only dilemma was making it home on time. Nikki’s solution may not have been perfect but it was plausible. She drove 85 in and 70 mph zone, praying the angels would blind the police. The inability to afford another speeding ticket should have detoured Nikki from breaking the law, not to mention how dumb it would be to get a ticket resulting from rushing to hear a talk show, but it didn’t. With long hair weave blowing, as the wind whipped through the windows of the car, Nikki uncaring and unconcerned bobbed and sang along with the music. We are conquerors, conquerors.
Driving fast, the “zooming” of the other passing vehicles warranted a rear view mirror check. Dang Nikki! The thought was not a result of a police approaching, but the reality of looking at a calescent mess. Nikki snickered, but noticed the children in the car to the left laughing and pointing their fingers. Nikki licked at the children and then sped past them.
                                 

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

#WriterWednesday with Author Angel Mystique

Please join me in welcoming Angel Mystique to my blog! Here's her interview:




AT: Where do you live? What’s your town’s claim to fame?
Angel Mystique: The good ol Peach State of Georgia. I guess our peaches and peanuts… are what we are most known for. 

AT: What genre do you write?
Angel Mystique: Fantasy (Paranormal/Supernatural) romances and love stories, and IR/MC and Black Love romances and love stories, too. 

AT: Are you a published author or aspiring to be published? If published, how many books are out there with your name on them?
Angel Mystique: It feels really good to finally say I am a published author. So far, three books have my name on them. Many, many more to come. Like hundreds, thousands, I’m hoping.



  



AT: What inspires you to write?
Angel Mystique: It’s this innate sense of ‘this is what I was born to do’ that allows me to write every day, and keep writing. Even if it’s a short story that tumbles from my fingers (one that I hoped would be my first novel), I grin, because I completed it, and I keep writing. 

AT: I can definitely identify with you! Name one book you wish you’d written. Angel Mystique: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.

AT: What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
Angel Mystique: CAMDEN by Xio Axelrod. This is, to me, so far, her best published book. So, yes, I enjoyed it tremendously. My answer may change in the coming days, but CAMDEN is AMAZING!!! 

AT: Hmm, gotta check that one out.Who is your favorite author? Why?
Angel Mystique: Oh! *pouts* Geez, Adrienne! Why this question???? I have so many indie authors that I love, and I can’t name them all here. Angelia Vernon Mencham, Nia Forrester, Lily Java, Xio Axelrod, Kim Golden, Christina C. Jones, Danielle Burton, Jacinta Howard, Brenda Jackson, Siera London, Rae Lamar, Xyla Turner, Twyla Turner, and Olivia Gaines. 

AT: Lol, quite a list, but a good list. Now for the fun questions! You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Angel Mystique: Strawberry Lemonade, because it’s delicious, and the crayons needs deliciousness too LOL 

AT: Lol! What would your autobiography be called?
Angel Mystique: ‘Miracle on Heaven’s Street’.

AT: Nice title! Do you believe in love at first sight?
Angel Mystique: Yes, for the first time in my life, I do. 

AT: If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? (can't ask for more wishes)
Angel Mystique: World prosperity, love/happiness, and world peace. 

AT: Beautiful wishes!Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why. Angel Mystique: I’m Winter mixed with the beauty of Fall. The cold that leads you to snuggle under blankets with hot coco, and the chill that turns you to wear plaid. 

AT: Love the visual. Tea or coffee?
Angel Mystique: TEA. But coffee helps me function. I’m a tea drinker at heart and majority, though.

AT: Tell us about your most recent/current project.
Angel Mystique: Currently, I’m working on my first dark angel book. I’m super excited to see where this story is going to lead me. It’s in the baby working stages. I have the unofficial blurb (it came to me this morning). It might change, but I’ll share a quick piece of it anyway. 

Who knew free falling could be so… fun? 
He’s been dead for millions of years, but once Allister gets taste of both his dark and light side, he’s doomed. Join Allister on his quest at redemption, as he endures the pains and joy of his Free Fall. 

AT: Intriguing! So how can readers connect with you (share website and any social media links)
Angel Mystique:
My Website
Amazon Author Page
Facebook 
Twitter
Goodreads 
Pinterest 

AT: Any final words?
Angel Mystique: No matter how you feel at the end of your writing session, if it leads to your finally completed a story, you’ve done amazing. Remember that: you’ve done something not a lot of people can say. You’ve finished writing a story. Your story. 

AT: Great words! It was lovely getting to know you!!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

#Book Blast - Maybe by Joy Avery


Write Now Literary is pleased to announce Maybe, Book Blast Tour with Joy Avery. August 3, 2017. 
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@authorjoyavery 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
ASIN: B072VJ9P6K


About The Book

Sometimes, all it takes is the right motivation… Artist Rana Lassiter has sworn off men. After being hurt, she prefers painting passionate scenes of love on her canvas instead of the real thing. But when she meets Mount Pleasance’s newest arrival, sexy and suave fireman Dallas Fontaine, she envisions a different kind of stroke than the ones she performs with her brush. To say she’s attracted to the debonair man is an understatement, but she refuses to fall victim to his good looks, charm or persistence. Dallas has never had a problem getting any woman he wants. And he wants Rana. In a way he’s never wanted any woman before. There’s just one problem…she doesn’t want him. But she will. By the time he’s done, she won’t be able to resist his blazing kisses. But nothing is easy, especially love. When a life-altering event occurs, it will test them both. Are they strong enough to forge through the catastrophic storm, or will they allow it to destroy their chance at happily-ever-after?


Rana eyed him curiously. “I like you?”

“I know.”

She barked a laugh. “I wasn’t confessing. I was asking—”

“If I wanted to kiss you? Why, yes, I do.”

When he tilted his head forward, Rana reeled back. “What do you think you’re doing?”

He would have actually been convinced she was insulted, had her eyes not been 
fixed on his mouth. “Giving you what you want.”


About The Author

By day, Joy Avery works as a customer service assistant. By night, the North Carolina native travels to imaginary worlds--creating characters whose romantic journeys invariably end happily ever after. Since she was a young girl growing up in Garner, Joy knew she wanted to write. Stumbling onto romance novels, she discovered her passion for love stories; instantly, she knew these were the type stories she wanted to pen. Real characters. Real journeys. Real good love is what you'll find in a Joy Avery romance. Joy is married with one child. When not writing, she enjoys reading, cake decorating, pretending to expertly play the piano, driving her husband insane, and playing with her two dogs. Joy is a member of Romance Writers of America and Heart of Carolina Romance Writers.
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

#WriterWednesday with Author Yahrah St. John

Today's #WriterWednesday interview is with Author Yahrah St. John. Check her out!!





AT: Where do you live?
YSJ: I live in the City Beautiful, sunny Orlando, but hail from Chicago.

AT: What genre do you write?
YSJ: I write contemporary romance and women’s fiction.

AT: My 2 favs! Are you a published author or aspiring to be published? If published, how many books are out there with your name on them?
YSJ: I’m a publisher author. I am traditionally published with Harlequin Kimani Romance. However, I also self-publish my own work.  I have 25 published books.

AT: What inspires you to write?
YSJ: Growing up, we didn’t have African American romance novels. I grew up reading Harlequin with Caucasian hero/heroines. When the African American romance market debuted in the nineteen nineties it was refreshing to read images of who I saw looking back in the mirror. So I’m inspired by a desire to see positive images of black men and women falling in love without some of the negative images reflected in today’s media. 

AT: I love it! Name one book you wish you’d written.
YSJ: There’s a romantic suspense series in my head based on my husband who is a retired 20-year veteran and was in Special Forces.

AT: Wow! What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
YSJ: Working full-time, writing part-time, and being a newlywed of 3 months leaves me very little time for reading. I’ve actually become addicted to audiobooks because I can listen to them on my way into work. The last audiobook I listened to was a 3-book series called Manwhore by Katy Evans that was recommended on Goodreads. It was a delicious series that was part romance and part women’s fiction. I totally dug it.

AT: Who is your favorite author? Why?
YSJ: I love Brenda Jackson because she’s been a trailblazer for African American romance authors. Her books whisk you away into her characters' lives and loves. Her characters come from all walks of life and ages, but have a sensual side. 

AT: Well, she is the queen! Now for the fun questions! You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
YSJ: Red. Because it’s bold and vibrant which would describe my personality

AT: What would your autobiography be called?
YSJ: That’s a hard question. I’ve thought about writing my autobiography, but didn’t have a title because I wasn’t sure I wanted to write due to some painful elements in my past. Off the cuff? Maybe something like… Overcoming Obstacles - the Yahrah St. John Story.

AT: Nice...Do you believe in love at first sight?
YSJ: Yes, I’m sure it could happen, but for me and my husband, it was a slow burn.

AT: Ain't nothing wrong with a slow burn! If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? (can't ask for more wishes)
YSJ: I’d wish my mother was still alive to see me successful and happily married. I would become a NY Times best-selling romance novelist with my books made into movies. I’d wish we could all be better, healthier people and stop the violence going on in the world today. 

AT: Beautiful wishes! Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why.
YSJ: I love spring because it’s a period of renewal and that’s when everything blossoms.

AT: Tea or coffee?
YSJ: Definitely coffee. I’ve been drinking coffee since I was about 9. That’s when my mother allowed me to have 1 cup a week while she read the Sunday paper and I read my comics.

AT: Awwww, that's sweet! Tell us about your most recent/current project.



YSJ: My current book, #25 is Miami After Hours. Below is a small blurb:  
She's got sky-high ambitions to match the glamorous penthouses she shows, but real estate agent Angela Trainor keeps both feet firmly on the ground. Her attraction to her sexy boss, Daniel Cobb, needs to remain at bay, or it could derail her promising career. But when Daniel takes Angela under his wing, introducing her to clients at society events, mutual admiration becomes a sizzling physical connection. Daniel has turned his starter company into Miami's premier agency. In the process, he's earned his place among the Millionaire Moguls—an elite and exclusive organization dedicated to paying success forward. He's known for showering women with lavish gifts, attention… everything except commitment. Now the lovely Angela has discovered the pain in his past and is daring him to open up. But will it be enough to convince her that he wants so much more than just an unforgettable fling?

Excerpt:


Angela couldn’t believe how warm, friendly and downright accommodating Daniel was being. Nor had she realized just how deep his ties to the community went. If she hadn’t heard for herself, she’d have thought of Daniel Cobb solely as a ladies’ man, but he was far more than the image he portrayed to the world.
After they’d smiled for several photographs with the starting lineup for the Miami Heat, Daniel took her to the Hyde lounge where they would have a bite before dinner. The lavish supper club was the ultimate experience, and Angela luxuriated in the appeal of being waited on with private bottle service at the table. Daniel was sparing no expense, and she couldn’t help wondering if he’d prearranged this for Alejandro Rivera. Or was this all for her?

She didn’t know.

And she didn’t care.

She was having too much fun seeing how the other half lived.

And Daniel was just the man to show her.

“You’re just a mass of contradictions,” Angela said when he regaled her with stories over appetizers and champagne. She hadn’t objected when Daniel had requested a bottle of an expensive champagne. Instead, she sipped the delicious drink, allowing it to delight her taste buds.

“What do you mean?”

“You come off that you’re all about business,” Angela replied, “but there are many layers to you. Perhaps some you don’t want to be seen.”

“I’m showing them tonight, to you,” Daniel responded, picking up his champagne flute and taking a sip. He held her gaze over the rim of the flute.

“Yes, you are,” Angela said. “Joshua mentioned that Prescott George fund-raises for charity. What else do they do?”

Daniel filled her in on his volunteer efforts with the organization that supported black youth. “I participate when time permits and when I can’t, I open my checkbook. But don’t go giving me all the accolades. I’m not the only member of Prescott George who gives back to the community. Even though it’s our mission statement, they’re words we all live by.”

“Very commendable.” Angela said. “And when you’re not giving back, what does Daniel Cobb do to relax?”

Over the remainder of the meal, they laughed and talked, and Angela found herself dropping the guard she normally kept around herself in Daniel’s presence and enjoying the moment. He was her boss, after all, but tonight he was a man. A man she was attracted to. And if the gazes he gave her when he thought she wasn’t looking were any indication, he was just as attracted to her.

Once again she looked at him from underneath her lashes. There was no denying the chemistry between them. The eye contact alone sent a current of electricity humming through her veins, tingling every nerve ending. When the meal finally concluded, she was happy to move. She’d been as jittery as a coiled spring. It didn’t help when Daniel helped her from her seat and grasped her hand in his again.

Her heart raced and her stomach quivered in nervous anticipation.

“Relax,” he whispered as he walked her back to the arena with the other basketball fans. “I don’t bite.”

Angela wasn’t so sure about that.

She wasn’t surprised when his hand met the small of her back as they walked to their floor seats and she felt a rush of heat. Nor that her breath hitched when Daniel’s thigh brushed hers as they sat down. She’d come out tonight under the assumption that she was spending the night with her boss while he wooed a client. Instead, she’d found herself on what was essentially a date with Daniel.
She was thankful when the lights dimmed and music blared, disturbing her thoughts as the speaker announced the starting lineup for the Charlotte Hornets. There were lots of boos in the crowd, but the momentum changed and sparked to life when they announced the Miami Heat.

“These seats are great,” Angela said when they sat back down after the national anthem. They were at center court, in front of all the action. If Alejandro had come, he would have been very pleased.

“Thanks, I’m glad you like them.”

Angela glanced sideways at him. “And do you bring all your women out to expensive basketball games and private dining?” As soon as she said the words, Angela realized they belied her innermost thoughts and that she was curious about his love life.

“All my women?” Daniel snorted. He glanced behind his shoulder. “I don’t see a gaggle of women lined up to date me.”

“Oh, c’mon,” Angela said, “don’t be coy.”

Daniel grinned broadly. “I get around.”

“So you admit you’re a player?”

“Who, me?” He shrugged. “Never. My women, as you call them, know the score. And so what if I treat them well? I don’t make any illusions about my goals and objectives for the future.”

The Heat scored a three-point basket and Daniel jumped out of his seat, clapping furiously. Angela liked this relaxed side of Daniel just as much as she liked seeing him in the jeans he wore. She was sure they were designer, as were the shirt and loafers he had on. Daniel exuded sophistication and class even when he dressed casually.

“Ahem!” Daniel coughed, returning her focus back to his face.

Angela blushed, and she could feel her cheeks stain red at having been caught checking him out. “Sorry.”

“I don’t mind when a beautiful woman stares at me like that.”

“Daniel…”

“What?” he asked innocently. But she knew he knew better.

“You’re flirting.”

“And what’s wrong with a little innocent flirting among friends?”

“Uh, I think it’s more like employer-employee.”

His eyes turned dark. “Not tonight.”

Angela swallowed at the implication. Was he saying that what happened tonight wasn’t on the record? So they could indulge in whatever fantasy their creative minds cooked up? If so, Angela was thinking of all sorts of things she’d love to do to Daniel, like ride him in the back of the limo while they drove the streets of Miami.

Where in the world had that come from?

She wasn’t an exhibitionist and she liked to keep her private life private. However, there was a tiny part of her that had kicked into overdrive at the thought. From afar, she’d always found Daniel intriguing and sexy as hell, but in person with all his attention focused on her, he was so much more.

“Penny for your thoughts.”

Angela chuckled. “I’d expected a lot more from you, Daniel. Like a five, maybe even twenty. I don’t just let anyone into my head.”

He threw back his head and laughed. “I like you, Angela. I like you a lot.”

*
I like you a lot?

What had possessed him to verbalize what he’d been thinking? Angela. And those warm brown eyes of hers. They’d beguiled him all night. As did her beauty. Those loose blond-streaked curls. Flawless skin. Sexy figure. It made him want her, burn for her. He wanted nothing more than to take her back to his place and fill her until she surrendered to the passion that had been simmering between them all night.

But he couldn’t.

It wasn’t right.

But that didn’t stop him from wanting what he couldn’t have.

The game was a nail-biter, with the Heat clinching the win in the last minute with a three-point shot and a foul. When it was over, they walked back toward where the limo had dropped them off earlier. Daniel pulled Angela closer to his side when the throng of people pushed her forward. That was the wrong move.
With Angela so near, Daniel could smell the sweet scent of her hair, catch a hint of the perfume she was wearing and feel her breasts pressed against his biceps.
Eventually the throng dissipated and Daniel was able to weave them through the crowd to the VIP area where the chauffeur stood waiting for them. He tipped his hat to them as he opened the door. Angela entered and Daniel was close behind her.

Once the door closed, the sexual tension between them was palpable and so thick it could be cut with a knife. Angela sat with her eyes downward and her hands folded in her lap. Daniel wanted to ruffle her feathers, make her feel as undone as he’d felt all night.

“Angela,” he whispered her name.

She half turned in his direction, and that was all the invitation Daniel needed to act on his attraction.

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AT: How can readers connect with you (share website and any social media links)
YSJ: 
My readers can connect with me at www.yahrahstjohn.com, https://www.facebook.com/YahrahStJohn
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https://www.youtube.com/user/yahrahstjohn; https://www.linkedin.com/in/yahrahstjohn

AT: Any final words?
YSJ: My next project Taming Her Billionaire will be released on November 1st. It’s the second book in my Knights of Los Angeles series. The idea came from watching Empire during that initial first season. I loved how the brothers were pitted against each other, a sort of Cane-and-Abel story. In Taming Her Billionaire Maximus Knight is the legitimate son who has to fight for control of Knight Shipping with the illegitimate half-brother Lucius Knight he never knew he had. And his father’s will has just given gorgeous gallery owner Tahlia Armstrong a tie-breaking stake in the company. Maximus' plan? Seduce her into turning over her shares—and controlling interest--to him, but it backfires when the two share a sizzling passion too powerful to ignore. 

AT: Sounds so good!!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

#WriterWednesday with Author Lori Titus

Today's featured author for Writer Wednesday is Lori Titus. Let's get to know her and her books!!






AT: Where do you live? What’s your town’s claim to fame?
LT: I am from Los Angeles, but I moved to a small town in Central California a few years ago. It’s a suburb, a community known for the oil industry and agriculture.

AT: Cool! What genre do you write?
LT: I wrote horror and paranormal mostly, though I am dipping into sci-fi/fantasy with one of my works in progress. I am sure that I will try out some other genres, but my work will always have some paranormal or horror element. 

AT: I'm a fan of paranormal and of your work. I'm sure you'll conquer whatever genre you choose to tackle. Please let my blog readers know if you are a published author or aspiring to be published. If published, how many books are out there with your name on them?
LT: Yes, I am published. I have five novels and four novellas published under my name. I started working as a ghostwriter a few years ago, so I probably have closer to twenty titles under various names floating about with my DNA in them. 

AT: Wow! What inspires you to write?
LT: I am inspired by so many things. Mostly the kind of thoughts you get a moment before drifting to sleep. Sometimes it’s things on television, people I know, snippets of things I hear in the news. It all depends on what’s going on around me. I think writers in general have a knack for turning just about anything into inspiration. 

AT: I agree! Name one book you wish you’d written.
LT: Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I read that book several years ago and it still sticks with me. It’s beautiful and awful at once. And the love story in that book? Absolutely incredibly well done. 

AT: What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
LT: I just finished reading Shonda Rhimes’ memoir. Everyone already knows she’s an awesome writer.  I’m impressed at how she can captivate the reader from beginning to end. You won’t be disappointed at all.

AT: I actually own that book. Gotta move it up my TBR now, lol.  Who is your favorite author? Why?
LT: My favorite? That’s a hard one! I can point to a lot of authors who were transformative. Koontz, King, Rice. Of course just about every writer I know mentions Poe and Shirley Jackson. Tananarive Due. Octavia Butler. And I keep trying to read and find new people that stir me up.

AT: Nice list! Now for the fun questions! You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
LT: Hmmm. Raspberry Sangria. It would be the exact red-purple color of this iced fruit drink I get from the coffee shop. It is scrumptious!

AT: Sounds yummy...and pretty, lol. What would your autobiography be called?
LT: Many years ago, someone wrote me a letter titled “The Awful, Miserable State of Being Titus.”  That is too good to pass up. 

AT: Man, sounds intriguing. Do you believe in love at first sight?
LT: Yes, I do. I have fallen in love at first sight at least twice. I’m hoping the third time is the one that sticks! 

AT: I love it! If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? (can't ask for more wishes)
LT: Here’s where it gets difficult because I am not sure if I want things that are personal or things that will touch other’s lives. It would be beautiful to live in a world where no one was hungry or without a home. If I could get those two wishes I would probably not worry about a third wish, since those two are a lot for even the best genie. Plus, I’m not sure I trust genies…how do I know there won’t be some kind of horrific spin on whatever wish they grant me?

AT: Ha! True! Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why.
LT: I am Spring and Fall. I love when it is warm or cool enough to enjoy the outdoors. I’m not a fan of summer (it’s usually well above one hundred degrees where I live) or winter (which usually lands here suddenly and is long and far too cold). 

AT: Tea or coffee?
LT: I love my coffee. But I love tea too. Coffee is usually my morning drink but in the afternoon I switch to herbal tea. I’ve always got at least four different kinds in my cupboard.

AT: You don't play about your beverages, huh? Tell us about your most recent/current project. 
LT: My latest novel is Blood Relations, a story about a religious cult. We follow the lives of several apostates to the group. The Congregate stalk their former members, and in some cases they do violent things. It’s a horror tale, and it’s very much about the consequences of giving over power to other people. The power of the group lies in their Hive Mind, and the ability to follow and abuse those who don’t follow orders.  






This December, I have a book that will be featured in a box set along with a group of other paranormal authors called Sigils and Spells. I will have details about the pre-order date soon. 

AT: How can readers connect with you?
LT:
I am on Twitter and Instagram as @Loribeth215 
You can find me on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/lori.titus
Readers can follow my blog, The Darkest of Lore, at   https://Loribeth215.wordpress.com 
I also write articles for a horror site called Gruemonkey:  www.gruemonkey.com

AT: Any final words?
LT: Thank you so much for interviewing me. 

AT: My pleasure!


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Beautiful #Blog Tour



Creative Expressions Literary Services is pleased to announce Virtual Book Tour for Beautiful by Sylvia Hubbard. The tour will run July 23-August 6, 2017.
Publication Date: July 7, 2017
Genre: Romance and Suspense
Paperback: 324 pages

About the Author
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Sylvia Hubbard knew she’d wanted to be a writer of romance long before she knew there were black writers in the world. Weaving stories magically as a summer past time to writing stories to get through the humdrum of school, she was able to create something from nothing.

Today, she has independently published over 40 books, is the founder of Motown Writers Network and The Michigan Literary Network, CEO of HubBooks Literary Services, runs over five blogs on a variety of subjects, host The Michigan Literary Network Radio Show and is a happily divorced mother of three children in Detroit, Michigan.
“I’m no superwoman,” she states with a smile that seems infinite on her lips. “I’m just being an asset in the world instead of a liability.”


About The Book
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Madison wanted more than anything to be beautiful and meeting a tall, handsome stranger was the answer to her prayers. Yet, was meeting the stranger all a ploy to steal her valuable research? Or did he really love her? She must discover the truth, but will she survive or lose herself and everything she has worked for. Find the answers wrapped around suspense, drama, and romance in Beautiful, Author Sylvia Hubbard’s 40th Novel. Read chapters 1-5 of Beautiful for free

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