ANOTHER_WOMAN'S_MANThe 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. 

 

District-69_Cover-214x300Ra’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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Contact Info:

Email: kacebooksllc@yahoo.com
Twitter: @ramonemarquis
Instagram: @ramonemarquis
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ramone.fluellen

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How-Sweet-the-Sound_Book_CoverShar 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.

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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.

Social Links:

Email: vmiller-01@earthlink.net
Website: http://vanessamiller.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Vanessamiller01
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vanessamiller01
Facebook Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/77899021863/

Buy Links:

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shanmarieauthorBorn, 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.

 Get to know Shan:
1. Why did I become a writer?  I bean writing at the age of 8; short stories and poems.  This began out of frustration as a way for me to release my anger.  As I grew older I began to read more adult novels.  I was a about 10 or 11 when I read my first novel, which was Dopefiend by Donald Goins.  My father had the collection and I read every single one before getting caught.  The I started with Eric Jerome Dickey, Sista Souljah, Connie Briscoe etc…  I fell in love with Urban Lit and knew that I could tell a story just as well or even better than some things I was reading; not including the before mentioned authors.  So I wrote my first novel when I was 17 years old and have been pursuing writer as a career for about 12 years.
2. How do I come up with titles, characters and plots?  I can get a title first or a plot; however it comes to me is how I receive it.  Candy Lady, for example; I got the polt first and then the title came about 10 minutes later.
3. Do you outline or freelance?  I’m more of a free lance writer.  I sit down and what comes to my head hits the keyboard.  I usually have one idea in my mind but by the time the book is done it may or may not be what I thought it would be it always turns out great.
4. Why did you start your own publishing company?  Under advice of my consultant and I realized that I’m not going to get the contract that I want from other publishing companies.  I keep 100% control of my babies (my novels) and most of the money that comes in.  The down side is that if you don’t have the money to put into your project then your book won’t move.  There’s way more to this thing than writing; that’s the easy part.
5. What drives me to continue to write?  It’s my passion.  I love being able to be or portray who I want to at any time.  I can say and do things in my writing that I would never do or say; it’s my outlet.  Every since I wrote my first book and people that I knew would be honest with me read it, critiqued it and loved it… nonstop from there.  The love my readers show and are showing right now, pushes me to keep going.
6. Is Candy Lady a series?  Yes.  Candy Lady 2 is out now!  3, 4 and 5 will be out by Summer 2015.  I decided on a 5 book series due to reader demand.
7.  What is coming up for Shan Marie?  Several novels will be released this year, 2014.  They are (in no particular order):  Hoasis, Madams and Madams 2, Snapped Chronicles, Housewife or Hoe?, Poor Lil’ Rich Nigga and more.  I am finished with the first of my murder mystery series, which is Madams and my first Erotica, which is Hoasis.  I will be featured at several book conferences this year and am currently pushing for more public book signings.  I will continue to put out my best and gain more and more readers!
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donaldrayjohnsonauthorDonald 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
too farfetched.

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
as well.

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
me comin’.

Q: What are some of the other accomplishments you wish to make as 
an author?

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!

Find the author:

www.southernclassicpublishing.com
email Info@southernclassicublishing.com



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

TheJonesesBookCover The Library Journal reviews The  Joneses by Shelia M Goss:

“Essence best-selling author Goss (Delilah; Ruthless) has a great plot going on and loves twisting the knife between the ribs of her flawed characters. Short chapters, gossip-sheet rich drama, and snappy dialog will have readers turning the pages at turbo speed.” ~ The Library Journal

To read the full review, please go to: http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2014/01/collection-development/african-american-fiction-and-more/there-will-be-blood-african-american-fiction-and-more/

The Joneses was also “Pick of the Month.”

I had two great interviews last week. I want to share the links so if you get a chance, please click and listen.

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Genre: Memoir/Self Help
About The Book
Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: Bettie Youngs Book Publishers (March 17, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1940784174

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About The Book
I want. I want you to want me. I want you to think I am the smartest, the thinnest, the most beautiful. I want you to want to be me. I want to be enviable. I want to be impervious. I want to need nothing. I want you to know that I am strong. I want to think I am better than everyone else. I want.

I’m willing to give up everything. I will give up mind and future. I will give up health, happiness and peace. I will give up family, friends and fun. I will give up rest and comfort. I will give up food. But please, just let me keep faith.

In this raw telling of her long struggle with anorexia, Abby Kelly reveals the predatory lies that ran rampant in her disordered mind. She will lead readers through the fight to her final victory.
Readers will find empathy, compassion and insight in these pages. Most of all, they will find hope for recovery and a life beyond the battle.

Photo_on_10-2-13_at_1.44_PM_2 Abby Kelly is a nomadic, military spouse writing from wherever she momentarily finds herself with her husband, their wonderful dog, Brave, and two tolerable cats.

Abby began writing in the process of recovering from a more-than-decade long eating disorder. She credits Jesus Christ for her full recovery and for filling her with a passion to encourage others to seek freedom from their own addictions and struggles.

Now, Abby writes for numerous Christian publications as well as maintains her personal blog, Predatory-Lies. In her free time, she and Brave enjoy volunteering in hospitals and schools as a pet therapy team through Pet Partners.

Buy The Book

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Predatory-Lies-Anorexia-Survivors/dp/1940784174/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1389903345&sr=8-2&keywords=predatory+lies

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Links to Visit

Email Address: abbykelly1980@gmail.com
Website www.predatory-lies.com
Twitter link @benjity
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/benjity

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11 Mar 2014
March 11, 2014

A Writing Process Blog Tour

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TheJonesesBookCoverWelcome to a blog tour where writers and authors answer questions about their writing process. My friend and talented author, Michelle Monkou, posted hers last week, where she gives you the insider information on her process and new book-Into the Pride — and she tagged me to join the tour. Thanks, Michelle! 

My latest book, The Joneses, is available in stores and online everywhere, such as,  AmazonBarnes & Noble, etc. If you liked Delilah, you will definitely love The Joneses.

What am I working on?
I’m working on several things. I’m converting one of my books, His Invisible Wife, into a screenplay. I have a new romance book that I’m working on that is part of my Romance in Hollywood series. The Romance in Hollywood series shows women who work in different fields of the entertainment field.  It’s not all about glitz and glamour, as readers know from reading other books in the series like Hollywood Deception, Double Platinum,  and Roses are thorns (The Bad Twin).  I’m also working on The Joneses 2.

Speaking of my Romance in Hollywood series, you can check out three of the books in one bundle. They are currently available on Kindle. Click here to learn more and purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Romance-Hollywood-Boxed-Book-Bundle-ebook/dp/B00F2P9YZA/ref=sr_1_7?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1393861642&sr=1-7

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I think what makes my work different is that regardless of the genre I’m writing in, I’m able to write a story with a twist. Even when you think you know what the story is going to be about, I usually throw a curve ball in there and will have readers saying, “Oh no she didn’t.” :)

I’ll take an unusual situation or what seems to be unreal for most and expand upon it.  I’m also know for my short chapters. I didn’t set out to write short chapters as compared to others but it’s become my signature style.

Why do I write what I do?

I write the type of books I like to read. I’m an avid reader and read in multiple genres so I write in multiple genres. Since I write in multple genres, I never get bored with writing.

How does your writing process work?

An idea for a story comes to me in various ways. Once I decide to write the story, I get to know my main characters and work through the plot in my head. Once I’ve done all of that,  I’ll write down notes for myself so when I get ready to write the story I’ll use those notes to jump start my creativity and write the story. I usually only work on writing one story at a time.  I can write a first draft in a month’s time and then that’s when the real fun begins…the editing process. Determining what to keep or throw out or what to change. I love my writing life!

And now it’s my turn to tag some people! I’ve chosen two of my colleagues. Check them out next Monday to find out their secrets to success….
Peggy Eldridge Love is a poet and author. She also writes under the name of Tess Allen. Be sure to check out her website: http://www.peggyeldridgelove.com and learn more about her work such as her new poetry book, USHER IN THE SUN, POETRY AFTER SUICIDE or anthology, ”The Trilogy: A Diary, A Thief & A Secret!”
Kandie Delley is an author and filmmaker. She’s the author of the Texas Treasures Romance Series, which includes the books:  “Countdown to a kiss” and “Rescuing Mr. Wright” To learn more about these books, go to: http://www.kandiedelley.com.