After his past bad relationship, twenty-nine-year-old, newly promoted, record label CEO Jackson Whitmore vows never to love again. With his best friend and vice president, Eric, at his side, Jackson’s main focus is the business, until a beautiful woman, Milan Wells, waltzes into his life and is introduced as the new president. While Jackson wants to object to the decision, it becomes difficult when Milan brings forth bold and fresh ideas, catching both his and Eric’s attention; for different reasons.
Tensions soon arise when Milan and Eric’s competitive natures collide forcing Jackson to intervene causing a rift between the once inseparable duo. With rumors of Milan’s abusive relationship surfacing and Eric spiraling out of control, Jackson finds himself stepping up to protect Milan and entering an intense physical relationship. While Jackson and Milan are slowly falling for one another, Eric’s jealousy erupts into a vicious quest for revenge that plunges the lovers into danger they never imagined.
This is the sophmore novel for author M. Skye. In her novels, she likes to evoke strong dramatic story lines, with strong romantic content. She loves to throw twists and curve balls you won’t see coming into her stories, with racy encounters at every turn. This is the second published work, but won’t be the last from this imaginative writer. She spends her free time writing and spending time with her large family.
Get to know the author:
How long have you been writing, and how did you start?
I’ve been writing since middle school, mostly poems and short stories. I only recently started to dabble in full length novels. I love to read, so I was sitting reading a book from one of my favorite authors, and I thought, hey, I can do this. Two months later, I had Circle of Deception, my first novel, and I’ve been writing ever since.
What’s the story behind the title of your book?
The title lets you know that there is going to be some king of sexual tension in the work place. What you don’t count on is the backstabbing and mudslinging reguarding the two best friends.
Do you have another job outside of writing?
I have a full time job working in the medical field. I work 40 hours a week and still average to dedicate about 20 hours a week to my writing.
How did you create the plot for this book?
The plot for the book is completely fictional, while some of the relationships mirror those of people I know personally. For instance, the relationships and bonds between the siblings are like those between my siblings. (We meddle in each other’s lives as well.) Also, the relationship of Angela and Jackson somewhat mirrors mine with my guy best friend.
Which character did you most enjoy writing?
I loved all of the sisters, Rhea, Madison, and Noel. They are all so fun, carefree, and comfortable in their skin. They love their little brother with all their hearts, but give him a hard time in an attempt to make him face his true feelings. They also have so many hilarious moments when speaking to Jackson.
Tell us about your favorite scene in the book.
Hands down the lines where Jackson is angry with Milan because he thinks she is sleeping with another man. You get to see his jealous side and her stubbornness. At that point, you get to see exactly how deep his feelings run for her and vice versa. It’s great because you take this once reserved man and get to see what intensity the right woman can bring out of him.
“You don’t get to walk away from me like that, not until you explain it to me first. I want to know how you can be in my bed one night and in his face the next. I’m a very understanding man, but this is where my patience wears thin. I told you I didn’t want to share, and I meant it.”
What song would you pick to go with your book?
I’m a huge R&B fan, so I would have to say ANYTHING by Babyface or Toni Braxton. I have a playlist I use when I’m writing.
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Suzette Riddick has been an avid reader since childhood. Her favorite genres are romance and biographies. Suzette holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in nursing from LaSalle University. She’s employed as an adult nurse practitioner and has dedicated her nursing career to taking care of adults with sickle cell disease. Suzette’s debut novel A Special Summer was released in 2007. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three children.
I’m honored to be featured on Cheryl Holloway’s blog.
CH: Since everybody wants to keep up with the Joneses, what prompted you to write this book?
SMG: I’ve always wanted to write a family drama. I wanted to show that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Some people miss out on happiness trying to compare their lives with someone else’s life; never knowing what the other person has to go through.
To read the rest of the interview, go to: http://www.cherylholloway.net/blog/2014/10/10/celebrity-guest-author-interview-shelia-m-goss/
Sharon Leal portrays Zoe Reynard in the provocative new thriller ADDICTED – based off the best selling novel by Zane. As the world awaits the highly anticipated release on Friday the acclaimed actress and singer presents her visually impressive new video “Giant” – featuring tantalizing scenes from the film. The song is featured on her new solo EP simply titled LEAL. Watch the video below!
Addicted will be in theaters Friday, October 10, 2014.
Based on the best-selling novel by Zane ADDICTED is a sexy and provocative thriller about desire and the dangers of indiscretion. Successful businesswoman Zoe Reynard (Sharon Leal) appears to have attained it all – the dream husband she loves (Boris Kodjoe), two wonderful children and a flourishing career. As perfect as everything appears from the outside, Zoe is still drawn to temptations she cannot escape or resist. As she pursues a secretive life, Zoe finds herself risking it all when she heads down a perilous path she may not survive.
The games being played surrounding the death of Zipp Richards, son of Memphis Police Officer Nate, lead to a deadly revengeful plot of his twin sister Jazmina doing whatever she can to make those involved suffer. Porter and Troy are local drug dealers of Memphis, who end up fleeing to Chicago, Illinois to start another life and build a rich empire of drugs, guns and money. The scandalous affairs of Yvette with Troy, lead her down a dangerous path with a psychotic drug abuser. While Monae is left to pick up the pieces of her life, she deals with Porter’s cheating ways and inability to settle down with her. The characters try to stay alive while scheming and betraying one another. The shocking twists and turns from each character’s life keeps the reader in suspense of who will survive the deadly games being played.
LaQuita Cameron is a multi-genre writer from Memphis, TN and I loves writing fictional novels. Most of the time is spent writing erotica, urban dramas, thrillers, suspense novels and crime/action series. I work full time in a call center but dedicate my remainder of my time to my three children and husband. I am inspired to write by those authors before me like Zane, Sister Soldier and even Carl Weber. I plan to write spiritual and children novels in the future. I write at least 4-8 hours a day during the week depending on my work schedule. I am currently an author at La Femme Fatale Publishing Company under Michele Fletcher, CEO. I have a passion for writing and my purpose is to entertain both women and men of all ages in the future. I have been reading since I was in the fifth grade and became accustomed to reading all genres no matter what race/ethnicity wrote it. I am currently working on 4 novels, while I have already published Let The Games Begin part 1.
Conversations with the author:
1. What inspired you to write?
I was inspired to write based on my growing up being an avid reader. I would even sneak and read my grandmother’s romance novels. It didn’t matter the race who wrote the book as long as it was a good read, which always interested me in writing but I never got the courage to write until recently this year. I am inspired by those writers who show their love for writing in their works they publish.
2. What writers inspired you to write? And would you be interested in collaborating with them?
My mentor Michele Fletcher of Charge It To The Game, Kwan, Ashley and Jaquavis, Nikki Turner as well as Sister Soldier. Yes, Of course I would love to collaborate with either of them!
3. What genre is your favorite genre?
My favorite genre is romance and that goes for reading and writing genres.
4. Can you tell us about the main character(s)?
Jazmina, the revenge enraged sister of the victim killed by Porter and his gang.
Porter Tatum aka Mack P, who is a Gangster from the streets selling drugs while running a nightclub in Chicago.
Troy MacGhee, is Porter’s club manager and childhood friend to Porter.
Monae Pinkins, the girlfriend of Porter and bartender for Porter’s club.
Yvette Brown, is Monae’s best friend working as a cocktail waitress for Porter’s club.
Deon is a local corner drug dealer for Porter and is also Yvette’s boyfriend
5. What is your least favorite part of writing this current project?
My least favorite part about writing this current project was trying to determine which characters to leave alive for the next part of the series.
6. If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?
Monae- Megan Good
Yvette- Tasha Smith
Troy- Idris Elba
Porter- Michael Jai White
Jazmina- Lisa Ray
7. Where did you get your ideas from for your books?
My ideas comes naturally when I write. Once I depict the character’s personalities, the ideas to either bring drama or action to certain scenes just sort of fall in place for me.
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Web links: Facebook/Author LaQuita Cameron, Facebook Reads With LaQuita, Twitter: Laquitacam86
My email address for readers to contact me is Laquita@lffpublishing.com
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Taylor Williams didn’t grow up with the loving parents, white picket fence, and a dog. She’s struggled to get where she is and knows that with all she’s endured, life can only get better. At 28 years old, she hails as one of the country’s top divorce lawyers and is ready to slow down and start a family with her husband. The only problem is he shuts her out and has treated her like everything but a wife since the night he came across her and his boss in a compromising situation. In spite of her innocence, she’s determined to make it up to him.
Isaac Warren is bad business; the kind of bad business that requires focus and determination in order to stay alive. It’s also the kind that caused him to shut himself off from serious relationships after the brutal murder of his fiancé three years ago. Now his cold exterior keeps him at bay from everyone except those he considers family and right now that list doesn’t have room for anything more than the occasional tryst and nothing more, especially not with the highly acclaimed lawyer he’s accidentally stumbled upon.
*This novel is only recommended for readers 17 and older*
LaShanta Charles was born and raised in the small town of Orangeburg, SC. She has always been an avid reader of all genres, but Urban / African American Fiction has always been her true love and is what inspired her to pursue a writing career. In high school, she began letting her classmates read the short stories that she would write and based off of their feedback, her passion for writing pushed her to become a published author. She published her debut novel, Lovely Lies, in 2013 and released the sequel, Lovely Lies 2, in February 2014. Currently she is preparing to release her third novel, Splitting Karma, along with other projects. In recognition of her work, LaShanta was named National Black Book Festival’s 2013 Best New Author and was nominated for 2013 Breakout Author of the Year through the African American Literary Awards Show. Lovely Lies was also awarded Most Underrated Book of 2013 for the Literary Scream Awards.
Every woman needs an escape…
Give into temptation this October with Lionsgate’s upcoming provocative thriller
Based on the best-selling novel by Zane, ADDICTED is a sexy and provocative thriller about desire and the dangers of indiscretion. Successful businesswoman Zoe Reynard (Sharon Leal) appears to have attained it all – the dream husband she loves (Boris Kodjoe), two wonderful children and a flourishing career. As perfect as everything appears from the outside, Zoe is still drawn to temptations she cannot escape or resist. As she pursues a secretive life, Zoe finds herself risking it all when she heads down a perilous path she may not survive.
DIRECTED BY: Billie Woodruff
CAST: Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe, Tyson Beckford, Kat Graham, and William Levy
SCREENPLAY BY: Christina Welsh and Ernie Barbarash
We have all been affected by a form of rejection at some point in our lives, but it is how we’ve dealt with the rejection that shapes who we become. Keith Taylor II shares his passion and knowledge to change readers’ minds about rejection. In Rejected But Still Prevailing, Keith Taylor II helps readers understand the meaning of rejection, how to handle it and how to overcome it.
We first have to understand what is against us, then look to ourselves for change and learn to forgive those that have hurt us. Rejected But Still Prevailing will help you through it with biblical references and personal examples, readers will have a better understanding of what they are facing.
Minister Keith Taylor II is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and is currently serving as the Youth Pastor at a local church. He received an Associates Degree in Leadership and Ministry from Crossroads Bible College and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Arts in Leadership and Ministry.
Minister Keith Taylor II started preaching at the age of four and was known as “The Little Preacher Boy”. At this young age, he was found to be a young man with a heart after God, preaching and praying for people all over the city of Indianapolis wherever he could. At a young age he was giving the world a preview of what was to come. God has kept a hand on his life from his youth and gifted him with wisdom, insight and a heart for people.
He became a Youth Pastor at the age of 23. The youth ministry has grown spiritually and numerically since he took it over in 2012. He also mentors at risk youth in his free time. Some of the places God has allowed Keith to minister are juvenile detention centers, prisons, churches, and conferences.
Minister Taylor published his first book called, “Rejected, But Still Prevailing”, and is working on many more encouraging books. Additionally, he is a worshiper, teacher, husband, and world changer. Minister Keith is married to his high school sweetheart, Jasmine Taylor.
Keith has been known to some as, “Mr. Inspiration”, and that is one “mantra” that he lives by.
LOST IN ST. MAARTEN?: Was Valencia Taken or Did She Go? Excerpt
By Angelia Vernon Menchan
Valencia’s eyes flew open to the feeling of hands massaging her scalp. Armand
was sitting on the bed with her and her head was between his muscular thighs.
The scent of coconut and lime filled the air. His thick and nimble fingers were
massaging her scalp and separating her thick hair into twists. It felt sublime.
Closing her eyes, she allowed him to continue to work. She could feel heat
vibrating from him and she wanted nothing more than to bite into his thigh. When
he was done he lifted her up, pulling her against him.
“Who taught you to twist hair?” She whispered.
“The island women, I grew up motherless and they taught me to cook and take care
of my hair and skin. My father was Dutch African and there were many women who
ventured through our home. They cared for me. My father was a man who loved his
son but had too many vices and too much money and it made him careless with
people. You have gorgeous hair.” She felt she should move but was unable to.
“What happened to your mother?”
“I don’t know. I was told she was a young French African girl who my father
impregnated when she was sixteen. She left me on his doorstep and rumor has it
she left the island. My father never discussed it and I never saw her. The woman
who was reported to be her mother and my grandmother told me what I know. She
feels my father paid my child mother to leave. I have one photo of her and she
is my mother.”
“Can I see it?”
“Later, now I don’t want you to move from being so close to me. I am going to
soon devour you but you aren’t ready yet. Tell me about you, Valencia.” She
closed her eyes and conjured up images of her mother and sister. A smile covered
“My mother Virginia called herself a seamstress but she was a dress designer and
made enough money to raise two daughters, own a home and travel. She was a
beautiful gypsy. She was born in Louisiana but came to Florida at sixteen to
work. She never got a degree in anything but she was brilliant. My sister and I
had different fathers, neither of which we have ever met. You and I have to
commonality. My mother raised us to be fierce, warrior women but my sister
wanted traditional marriage and life. She has that but has never known joy.”
“Have you known joy?”
“Yes, every time I place a camera to my eye, I know joy or I spend time with my
nephews or other young people, I know joy. I am a simple woman who is happy with
my camera and passport.”
“Have you known the love of a man?”
“No… not really…” she answered honestly. “Sex yes, love no.”
“Hmmm… not sure why the thought of you having sex just enraged me.” He murmured.
“Probably a chauvinist. Have you had sex and how old are you?”
“I have had lots of sex and I am thirty six and you are what thirty three?”
“No, I am forty. Too old to be someone’s captive.” He was stunned to hear she
was older than he.
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Every child is created in the image of God, and every child carries this amazing gift of greatness inside himself or herself. But children hear mixed messages on a daily basis—about life, about the world, and about themselves.
In Growing into Greatness with God: Seven Paths to Greatness for Our Sons and Daughters, author and mother of three boys Janet Autherine encourages kids to see themselves as unique and amazing—already blessed with what they need to succeed in life and achieve their God-given dreams.
Readers learn how to grow in love, faith, courage, leadership, happiness, gratitude, and confidence through the inspiring stories of Bible heroes such as Abraham, Sarah, David, and Hannah. Each chapter includes a brief summary of two Bible stories, with reflections on each, and concludes with three action-oriented suggestions on how to put the lesson into practice.
Dreams are essential to life, and kids need to be inspired and encouraged to live life to the fullest. Growing into Greatness with God offers biblical examples of how people have nurtured what God has planted in them and teaches kids how to do the same in their own lives.
Autherine was born in St. Thomas, Jamaica, and immigrated to the United States when she was twelve. She grew up in Philadelphia and she went on to study at the Pennsylvania State University and Boston College Law School. After launching her law career, she was eventually drawn back to the sunshine, and she now lives in Florida with her husband and their three sons.
Autherine continues to practice law, waking up at the crack of dawn to cultivate her writing. Her juvenile nonfiction book Growing into Greatness with God is inspired by her own experiences growing up in Jamaica and her goal of raising her sons to recognize and nourish what God has planted within each of them.
Get to know Janet:
What was the inspiration for your book, Growing into Greatness with God?
In the book, Growing into Greatness with God, the words of wisdom that accompany the stories are inspired by all the advice given to me by my mothers, grandmothers, aunts, uncles, cousins and all the “old souls” that entered my early years. I grew up in a house where family, faith, good food and hard work were celebrated. A two bedroom house was home to three generations. It wasn’t unusual for an 11 year old to walk 1/2 mile to fetch water before school, walk home, get ready for school, walk at least 1/2 mile to school, be respectful and attentive, participate in field day, take the long walk home with friends (not forgetting to stop and say hello to all the neighbors), pick fruit or dig yams for dinner, complete homework assignments, and end the day by having dinner and fellowship with family. That was my daily life growing up in Jamaica. I didn’t fully appreciate it back then, but I certainly do now. I want children to have confidence in the fact that they are unique, amazing, born with greatness and can overcome any obstacle.
What is your spiritual background?
I gained my confidence in a little church in St. Thomas, Jamaica, called the Hampton Court Seventh Day Adventist church. That church was the cornerstone of the community and it was where I learned and recited bible scriptures, sung gospel songs and recited poetry. It is where I made some of my best childhood friends, picked cherries from the best cherry tree in town and listened to the sermons that inspired me to keep God the center of my life. Love the Lord God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself is my guiding principle in life. My family currently worships at a beautiful Episcopal church in Florida.
How does your new book, Growing into Greatness with God: 7 Paths to Greatness for our Sons & Daughters, relate to your spiritual journey?
The book, Growing into Greatness with God, was born from those early bible study groups in church. The stories of young David (the boy who defeated the Giant), Daniel (a man who stood without fear among lions), Solomon (the wise king) and Ruth (the loyal friend), as well as many others, all resonated with me. We were too poor to afford the latest toys and there was no television in our home, so these characters became my heroes. We were poor but it didn’t define our lives; we were rich in love, faith and community, and we had big dreams.
Your book is titled, Growing into Greatness with God. How do you define greatness?
We are all unique beings, so greatness will mean something different to each person. I think greatness is finding your natural talent, fueling it with passion, planting it in well nourished soil, and toiling in the garden until it breaks through the earth and reaches for the stars. You must then use everything that you have achieved to serve others. Service is the heart of greatness; for me, there is no greatness without service.
What do you think about the culture of bullying in our schools?
It breaks my heart that fear instead of love is consuming some of our children. I say fear because most bullies are acting based on their own fears and insecurities. They seek to feel better about themselves by hurting others. When children feel whole on the inside, there is no need fill that void in their spirit by hurting others. Unfortunately, we cannot always protect our children from mean-spiritedness, but we can empower them with the knowledge that they are unique, their thoughts and feelings are important, that God is with them even when they feel alone and they can overcome any obstacle. I hope that in some small way Growing into Greatness with God can help children shine a positive light on themselves.
How can parents use your book, Growing into Greatness with God, to inspire their children?
As a parent, I know how helpful it is to have a book that sparks discussion with your children. Each chapter of the book offers stories, practical advice that kids can relate to, and actionable wisdom. As an example, the chapter, Growing in Love, teaches kids not to focus on their outward appearance but the love and beauty in their hearts. Kids are encouraged to identify the things that they love and to follow their dreams. Parents can help their children with the “action” items in the book, such as – perform an act of kindness for a stranger, write 3 things that you love about yourself or establish a pen-pal relationship with a child in another country. The book ends with 24 questions kids and their parents can answer together, or teachers in a classroom setting or bible study group can moderate.
What challenges did you face as a student?
In 1982, I moved from Jamaica to Philadelphia to live with my mother and my brothers. I had to adjust to a new country, a new household and the typical middle school anxieties. I was a shy, introverted child and I struggled to find my voice; it didn’t help that my voice had a very strong Jamaican accent. For many years, I didn’t speak up as much as I needed to – I feared saying the wrong words and getting into trouble; I feared being teased because of my accent; I wasn’t familiar with the sound of my own voice. Fortunately, my upbringing gave me a quiet confidence; I was raised to believe that I was a good person, a good student and that I could achieve anything if I was willing to work hard. This is why I believe that we should empower kids with the confidence to believe in themselves and their strengths at a very early age so that they can face any challenge.
We are all on a journey to realize our dreams, what has been your path?
I went to Murrell Dobbins High School, a vocational high school and followed the business track. With my typing and short-hand skills, I was prepared to be the best administrative support staff member in Philadelphia. That was my plan B. College was not an option for me; it was a requirement. I always knew that I was going and when my older brother, Mark, encouraged me to attend Penn State University, I jumped at the chance to follow in his footsteps. I connected with the Caribbean Student’s Association, joined a vibrant church and happily settled into life in Happy Valley. It was there that I discovered that, at heart, I was a peacemaker. I ditched my Business major and chose Labor and Industrial Relations, a choice that would lead me to law school at Boston College- I discovered that I wanted to help people solve problems and a legal education enabled me to do so. Writing is allowing me to share my journey with others.
About 8 years into my legal career, I was blessed to be appointed as an Administrative Law Judge for the District of Columbia government. It was the dream job that allowed me to hear cases, issue decisions, and participate in mediating disputes. My voice was heard in the courtroom and in written decisions but in a quiet, substantive manner that would make any introvert happy. When you find that thing that you are passionate about, it frees you up to live a well-rounded life. I now spend my time raising my three boys, writing and reading inspirational books, practicing law, participating in religious and community life and running as often as I can.
Growing into Greatness with God focuses on empowering children; what lasting message do you want to leave with children and parents who read this book?
Growing into Greatness with God is about finding the unique talent that God has blessed you with, nourishing that skill and using it to be of service. My journey began in a small town in Jamaica and is being realized in the United States. It started with the wonderful bible stories that allowed me to believe that with God everything is possible. It began with the principles of faith, family, hard-work, community and bonding over good, healthy food. I hope that the book reflects those principles and that everything that I have learned on my journey, thus far, can help a child realize that he or she was born with greatness. I love to spread that message so when my schedule permits, I gladly speak to children’s organizations, non-profit organizations, and the children’s ministry at churches at no cost. Please do not hesitate to contact me. I would like every child to know that regardless of your circumstances, you can become all that God has ordained for your life.
Find the author:
Website: Growing into Greatness: http://www.GrowIntoGreatness.com
Amazon: Available for purchase at http://www.Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/Growing-Into-Greatness-God-Daughters/dp/0991200004