In my new romantic suspense, For Keeps, Gina Guy’s daughter has witnessed a murder and the murderer is after the little girl. Child Protective Services is manipulated into the picture, and Jarvis Martin, a manager within the agency, steps in to protect the Guys’ rights. From the moment Gina meets Jarvis, she feels she can depend on him, but life has proven to her that the only person she can count on is Gina. Will they be able to stop the murderer? Can Jarvis earn her trust and love?
Heavy topic for a romance, huh? I’m known for taking nonconventional characters and topics and spinning them into a romance. I like to create dialogue. The moment I released the For Keeps blurb, people started asking me where the idea came from. I’ve often said that I have voices in my head that tell me their stories, then I relay those stories to you though my books. Basically, I put my psychosis to work.
Events usually wake those voices in my head and cause them to start speaking to me. The voices from For Keeps came about as the result of two incidents. A few years back, I noticed more reports of children being murdered down here (Arizona) by abusive parents on the news. This was a very noticeable increase. There was actually an event that correlated to the increase in deaths and abuse. I can’t remember the number, but there were like 2,500 reported cases of abuse that were never investigated during that time period. Big time scandal. Lots of people fired over that.
In incident two, I know someone who was reported to CPS by the hospital she delivered her baby in because there were narcotics in the baby’s system. Actually, hospitals must report when babies are born with drugs in their system. That sounds like a good thing, right?
Well, the hospital neglected to inform CPS that the mother had been a patient in the hospital and administered the narcotic by the nurses. The mother didn’t even realize what they were giving her was a narcotic until after CPS contacted her and told them they’d be taking her child from her for him testing positive for narcotics. This mother went into a panic. She did everything her CPS case manager asked for, but CPS didn’t do their part. Then the case manager’s boss came into the picture and took steps to take this child away from the mother. It got really ugly.
To make a long story short, the original case manager came back into the picture and stopped the insanity. Had it not been for that case manager, this woman’s child would have been taken from her even though the hospital had supplied the paper work requested by CPS. Sounds crazy, huh? Yeah, I couldn’t believe what was happening as it unfolded.
These incidents breathed life into Gina and Jarvis. There are good parents caught up in the system every day. There are bad parents that children need to be protected from. There are bad case managers and there are good case managers.
I don’t know, this seemed like the perfect backdrop for a romantic suspense. Next thing you know, Gina and Jarvis telling me their story. I hope you enjoy For Keeps.
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Thank you, for giving me a chance to introduce For Keep. I appreciate it and you.
The Joneses’ world is turned upside down as their family life comes under public scrutiny. But now, matriarch Lexi Jones is no longer concerned with “status.” Will she be able to withstand the recent tragedy or resign to watching her world crumble around her? Meanwhile, Charity, Hope, and Lovie must put aside sibling rivalry to find out who killed an ex-family friend. When the killer is revealed, they are all in for the shock of their lives…and the end result could mean life or death for the Joneses.
As loose ends are tied up, even more scandals and secrets are exposed. Once again, family drama doesn’t disappoint in The Aftermath: The Joneses 2—the book that give new meaning to “keeping up with the Joneses” and will have you eager for more.
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Winifred Phillips book A Composer’s Guide to Game Music is a must have for anyone considering a career in video gaming. Ms. Phillips wrote the book in a way where it is easy to understand, even if you’re only interested in what happens behind the scenes. Her candidness about her own experience makes this a special book. She gives a great overview of composing music for video games and after reading it, the reader should have a better understanding about music compopsition for the video game industry. The book also inspires others who may be at a cross roads on which career path to embark on.
Hope all is well. So many things have happened since I last communicated. To sum it all up – Life happened. I had some good moments and some challenging moments, but through it all, God brought me through it.
I wanted to give a special shout out to the Sista2Sista Book Club who held a special brunch for me at the Blue Mesa in Dallas, TX, this past weekend. This past weekend, I was also one of the featured authors at the Tulisoma South Dallas Book Fair. I was honored to be a part of the Conversation and Roses event on Saturday.
The notorious gold digging Gibbons women of Chesterton, Virginia, are minding their own highly-paid business when second eldest sister, Dawn, is reunited with the one man she never dreamed she’d see again. . .
Dawn Gibbons is shocked when her long-lost father reappears in her life. Seriously ill, his dying wish is to reconnect with her. But for Dawn, it’s complicated—her wealthy father comes complete with jealous relatives—and a handsome young lawyer Dawn finds dangerously sexy. He’s dangerous because he’s engaged—to her newfound half-sister. One thing a Gibbons woman doesn’t do is steal her sister’s man. Yet for the first time, Dawn may care about love more than money. . .
Xavier Hughes isn’t easily thrown, but the electricity between him and Dawn leaves him unsettled. And when his suspicious fiancée insists he investigate Dawn’s background, it only pushes him closer to the one woman he should resist. Soon, holding back isn’t an option, and both Xavier and Dawn will have to face the consequences of breaking the family rules.
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About the author:
Shelly Ellis began her romance writing career when she became one of four finalists in a First-Time Writers Contest at 19 years old. The prize was a publishing contract and having her first short-story romance appear in an anthology. She has since published more short stories, two novels, and was chosen as a finalist for 2012 African American Literary Award in the romance category. Shelly released the first book in her critically-acclaimed women’s fiction, Gibbons Gold Digger series in 2013. The latest book in the series, Another Woman’s Man, comes out May 2014.
When she isn’t writing novels, or editing and writing articles for her day job as a magazine editor, she and her husband are chasing after their 1-year-old daughter and catering to their tabbie cat.
Visit her at her web site www.shellyellisbooks.com, on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/shelly.ellis.524, and on twitter at @ellisromance.
Ra’Mone Marquis is a native of the state of Florida. He received his Bachelors degree from Florida International University where he became a proud 2005 initiate of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He went on to receive his Masters degree from the University of Phoenix. Currently living in Melbourne, Florida; Ra’Mone cites Miami as his second home. Due to a desire to provide people with an uncensored, informative, and uninhibited place to learn and express one’s self, regarding everything sexuality; Ra’Mone created the website The Quis Box. It includes everything from a blog, discussion forum, videos, and more. He is also the Founder and President of True T.A.L.E.N.T.S. Foundation, Inc.; a 501c3 nonprofit that he started in 2011. Its mission is to mentor and enrich the youth of our communities, ages 13-18 years old. With talents including music and the dramatic arts; Ra’Mone finds joy in writing, cooking, entertainment, exercising, eating, and traveling…just to name a few.
Get to know the author:
1. What 5 words would you use to describe yourself and why?
Determined – with various situations that I was born into and raised in; statistically I should not have acquired half of what I have. I was determined and still am to make something out of myself and to break certain cycles that are in my surroundings.
Persistent – with all of the obstacles I have enduring and still deal with I refuse to let it define or deter me.
Chameleon – I’ve always been able to blend into any situation and environment. A wide variety of people have always been able to relate and connect with me; everyone from a local dope boy to the CEOs of corporate America.
Private – I am a very private person. My business is my business and I do not feel it is anyone else’s business. People know about me what I choose for them to know. This has allowed me to protect myself. However, on the flip side this is a pro for those who are close to me, because I’m not just private with my business but theirs as well.
Progression – I have come a long way from the person I was 20 years ago and even the person I was 7 years ago. I love me, I’m proud of me. I’m stronger, wiser, and my zero tolerance for various things has increased. Each day I strive to have progression internally and externally. This helps strengthen the foundation for my success.
2. You have a very diverse taste when it comes to art, literature, and overall entertainment. Of all the genres, what was it that motivated you to write an erotica book?
I have always been a person that was intrigued by all things sex and sexuality. I even took a class, while I was a student at Florida International University that was called Female sexuality. It gave me knowledge of not just sexuality here in America but all over the world. It really allowed me to understand females a little more sexually. I love to tell and share stories. I always have. People always tune in when I got a story to tell because of how I present it. Accompanied by the fact that I have been an avid reader of all types of books, felt that with regards to the erotica books that I and those I’ve interacted with love; my experiences and theirs rival or are better than the ones featured in the book. So the realization of how widespread the love for sex and reality is, is what fueled me to want to write erotica.
3. What makes District 69: The Crimson Edition stand apart from all the other books of its genre?
When I read a book, you feel that you’re doing just that. However, when you read my book you feel has if you’re chilling, kicking back, and having a one on one conversation with me or one of your friends. This typr of presentation allows the readers to relate more to the stories I tell. Through the descriptiveness I provide, they are more in the moment while they are reading. What really hooks the readers and takes them to another level is the fact that my stories are real life experiences. Nothing excites people more than juicy real life stories; rather it’s a tv movie, reality tv, a box office film, or even a novel. All of these components together provide my readers with a literary experience. Although many books are good most do not do that.
4. Were you or the individuals you wrote about filled with any hesitation, with regards to the sharing of sexual experiences?
I personally was not nervous about sharing any of my stories. I specifically knew which people I wanted to acquire their permission, to write about them. If they had any reservations they did not make it known to me. Each person I asked said yes. What I feel eased any hesitation was that they were assured that names would be completely different and no one would even know who the story was about but me and them. Different names but the sexual escapades remained the same.
5. Along with your own sexual experiences, were there any other aspects of yourself that you used to enhance the stories written?
My personality fueled the entire book. My personality has always entertained and/or gravitated people towards me. To make the book more entertaining I used my personality with regards to the word usage and how I described things and situations. This made the stories easy to tell because it allowed me to pretend that I was chilling someone with my close friends having a good ole chill chat and chew.
6. In 2011 you created and since have been growing your own non-profit, True T.A.L.E.N.T.S. Foundation, Inc., which deals with the mentoring and enrichment of youth 13-18 years of age. The effectiveness of the organization has been showcased through winning awards and being published in newspapers. Do you feel that by being an erotica author that you have tainted your image and respect as a community leader?
I do not feel that I have tainted any image or reputation. Sex is an area of interest of teens as well as adults. I speak with my youth about topics of sex however I do it on an age appropriate level. My effectiveness and success with mentoring youth is heavy due to my transparency. A huge majority of the youth today do not have a positive outlet where they can express their thoughts and feelings without being judged. I came from the same background as almost all of the youth that I mentor. I have no criminal record, I have college degrees, and I’m an independent adult consistently accomplishing things. I provide them with not just a positive role model but someone they can trust and relate to. I provide them with positive insight and enrichment to aid them in reaching their full potential.
7. In the intro you mentioned that sexuality should not be hindered yet celebrated. Why do you feel that celebrating one’s sexuality is important?
One’s sexuality is a part of who they are as a person. It is a part of their individual makeup. When people are ashamed or held back, with regards to their sexuality; it causes self-esteem issues and other emotional complexes due to individuals being unable or afraid to be themselves and make sure that they are happy. People should embrace their sexuality and be with people who will embrace them for who they are. No one wants to be a caged bird.
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Shar Gracey wants nothing more than to sing the Lord’s praises, so she jumps at the chance to join a traveling choir led by the father of black gospel music, Thomas A. Dorsey. Better yet, the opportunity will give her money to pay for her ailing mother’s medical care.
While on tour she falls under the tutelage of gospel great Mahalia Jackson—and falls for the handsome but not-so-great Nicoli James, whose desires for Shar are fueled by his own greed. Shar would do anything for Nicoli—and he knows it—so when his life is threatened after a night of gambling, Shar agrees to help pay Nicoli’s debt, only to have her faith and dreams shattered.
Reeling from the betrayal, Shar loses her voice and she believes that she will never sing again. She has no place to run except back home to her seriously ill mother—and the man she left behind, who would move heaven and earth to make Shar’s pain go away. Even if it means he has to let her go . . . again.
Vanessa Miller of Dayton, Ohio, is a best-selling author, playwright, and motivational speaker. Her stage productions include: Get You Some Business, Don’t Turn Your Back on God, and Can’t You Hear Them Crying. Vanessa is currently in the process of turning the novels in the Rain Series into stage productions.
Vanessa has been writing since she was a young child. When she wasn’t writing poetry, short stories, stage plays and novels, reading great books consumed her free time. However, it wasn’t until she committed her life to the Lord in 1994 that she realized all gifts and anointing come from God. She then set out to write redemption stories that glorify God.
To date, Vanessa has completed the Rain and Storm Series. She is currently working on the Forsaken series, Second Chance at Love series and a single title, Long Time Coming. Vanessa believes that each book will touch readers across the country in a special way. It is, after all, her God-given destiny to write and produce plays and novels that bring deliverance to God’s people. These books have received rave reviews, winning Best Christian Fiction Awards and topping numerous Bestseller’s lists.
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Born, Shanna Marie Teasley in December of 1980 to Deacon James (deceased) and Deaconess Priscilla Teasley; Shan Marie is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in nearby Decatur, Georgia (east of Atlanta), she is the middle child with an older brother and younger sister. Searching for a place to belong and how she could fit into the equation of life, at the tender age of nine she wrote her first short story. Always having a vivid imagination – in addition to real life situations and circumstances – she began to put her thoughts and feelings on paper.
Overwhelmed with a need to express herself – also to simply entertain others – Shan Marie continued to explore the newly found love for literature. She fell head-over-heels in love with Urban Fiction, Thrillers, Suspense and Mystery novels. By the age of seventeen, she’d completed her very first novel; needless to say, she’s grown emotionally and mentally since then, bringing her writing full circle.
Shan Marie diligently writes with a heart-filled desire to provide heart-wrenching and warming fiction for her readers. Writing novels that specialize in heroin based plots with the twists and turns of street life is her passion. Full of love for a plethora of genres, she’s completed eight novels; including an Urban Christian novel and the first of an Urban Murder Mystery series.
Shan Marie is fully aware of the gift and talent that her heavenly Father has bestowed upon her, therefore, she has also began a Spiritual Guidance book that focuses on new and returning Believers of Christ. It may sound strange and to some, maybe even hypocritical to write Urban Fiction and anything Christian. However, isn’t that life? Don’t we all have a past? Yes we do and Shan Marie chooses to tell both sides of the story; the before and the after.
The joy that the art of writing brings her seems to have no end and pushes her to work hard, network and stay true to who she is as an author. This is the only way that Shan Marie feels that she can honestly make a name for herself in the literary world. That being said; she refuse to limit herself to one genre or any particular audience – outside of children, of course. The stories that she brings to the world are from her personal point of view and are as honest as they come. Life has truly taught Shan Marie that things don’t always go as you would like or even hope for them to. This knowledge forces reality with a smidge of fantasy together and make them work as one.
To date, Shan Marie has published two novels (the first two installments of the Candy Lady Saga). There are several titles in the pipeline for this year which include; Hoasis, Madams and Madams 2, Snapped Chronicles, Housewife or Hoe, Candy Lady 3 – Retribution and more. Shan Marie is determined to provide, for her readers, Urban Fiction and Street Fiction at Its Best! There is absolute pleasure that comes from within her, to bring characters to life that have the power to grab readers and pull them into their world. She is confident that this is a uniqueness that separates her from others and places her on the road to becoming one of the next big things to hit paper.
Donald Ray Johnson is a motivational speaker and writer with a little over 4½ years of experience in the publishing business. He is the leading author and co-founder of Southern Classic Publishing LLC, a Texas based company, who’s mission is to make a bold statement from the south. He is the author of the urban classic, BONA FIDE STREET THUG and many other novels that are to be released in the near future. In 2005 Donald was sentenced to prison, where he discovered his own ability to write street fiction. He is from Houston Texas and currently uses his time wisely, tutoring other incarcerated authors, who are seeking to get into the business of publishing.
Get to know Donald:
Q: What inspired you to start writing Street Fiction and when
did you start?
I started writing street fiction in the summer of 2009, after
having a debate with another guy on who could write the best
street stories. At the time, I really didn’t know the first thing
about writing a book and I hadn’t played that much attention to
any urban novels.
Q: What is Bona Fide Street Thug about and what do you hope readers will gain from it?
Bona Fide Street Thug is about a street hustlin’ mastermind named
Javoo. He’s a jacker, but he kinda has this good guy-bad guy
thing going on through the whole story. When a girl that he knows
brother gets killed, she comes and asks if he could help her find
out if a notorious drug dealer named Money Black killed her
brother. It’s a real good story. It’s heart-felt. I didn’t write
the story to specifically teach anything, but I do think it will
enlighten some readers to some of the things that actually takes
place out on the streets. It’s reality. I don’t write stuff that’s
Q: What made you write this particular story?
I wanted to write about someone who does bad things but still has
a good character. My main character Javoo is a full-blooded
criminal, but there’s just something about him that makes everyone
like him. He’s the true definition of what it means to be Bona Fide.
Q: Could you tell us what sets your book apart from many of the
other urban titles?
The story line. Some of the characters in the story don’t really
know each other, but they’ll come to find out that they’re
connected some kinda way. It also makes you feel like you’re a
part of the story and that you’re connected with the characters
Q: Have you written anything in other genres of the literary field?
Oh yeah! I have a Young Adult book, an Adult mainstream novel I
might put out by the end of the year and an Urban Fantasy novel too?
It’s a vampire book and the first of a series. I’m kinda like the
real deal with these books. I feel that a lot of people don’t see
Q: What are some of the other accomplishments you wish to make as
I would like to have best sellers in 4 or 5 different genres. I
feel I have the right kind of material to make that happen and I
want it all to be done under Southern Classic Publishing
Q: As an author/publisher, where do you see yourself and Southern
Classic 5 to 10 years from now?
As an author, I see myself standing out amongst a lot of other magnificent
talented authors simply because of my writing style and
my hustle to increase my knowledge. Also because of the move I and my
wife decided to make by starting our own publishing company in the South
region. As far as Southern Classic Publishing goes, I can see it being
one of the biggest publishers from the State of Texas and the amongst
the other leading African American Literature publishers in the market.
With a lot of hard work and dedication, that is!
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Today would have been my dad’s 67th birthday. Seems like yesterday that the Lord called him home. I sometimes wonder how different life would be if he was still alive. Happy birthday dad…gone but not forgotten. He believed in me when nobody else did. RIP.
Love and Miss you Daddy!
Signed Daddy’s Girl