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ARETHA FRANKLIN SINGS THE GREAT DIVA CLASSICS reunites Franklin with Sony Music Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Clive Davis as they take the helm as co-producers to bring Davis’ album concept to fruition.  A-List producers Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, André 3000, Harvey Mason, Jr., Terry Hunter and Eric Kupper add their award-winning production skills.

Rightfully earning the #1 spot on Rolling Stone magazine’s prestigious “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” list, and #9 on 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list, Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling female artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.

ARETHA FRANKLIN SINGS THE GREAT DIVA CLASSICS track listing:

01. At Last
02. Rolling In The Deep (The Aretha Version)
03. Midnight Train To Georgia
04. I Will Survive (The Aretha Version)
05. People
06. No One
07. I’m Every Woman/Respect
08. Teach Me Tonight
09. You Keep Me Hangin’ On
10. Nothing Compares 2 U

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MBP_CoverAfter 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.

M._SkyeThis 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.

Find the author:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mixing-Business-Pleasure-M-Skye/dp/0991595920/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1410970448&sr=8-1-spell
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mixing-business-and-pleasure-m-skye/1120319748?ean=9780991595921
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Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/IamMSkye
Contact Email: topics@pinkflameexp.com

suzette_riddickSuzette 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.

Describe your writing style.
I would have to say I’m a freestyle writer. Whenever a story comes to me, I usually know how I’d like it to begin and end. And everything else in between I make up as I go along, or as the characters lead me. However, I would like to change this. One of my goals is to outline a story. I’ve tried to do so many times, but failed miserably. L BUT, with my last book I did do character profiles for the heroine and hero, and that worked out pretty well. 
 
What sparked your name change?
Honoring a promise I made to my mom. After writing as Victoria Wells for a few years, my mom in her subtle way suggested I write using the name she’d given me. Unfortunately, she became sick and passed away before I was able to make the change. However, as a woman of faith, I’m positive she knows I honored her wish.
 
Tell us about your heroine Beatrice. it's_my_turn (1)
Beatrice  Warrington aka Ms. Lady is akin to the ugly caterpillar who one day morphs into a beautiful butterfly. Readers were introduced to Beatrice as a secondary character in Key To My Heart. This woman was a hot, bitchy – ‘scuse my language…but it’s the truth – mess! Just think of the most evil, Cruella  de Vil woman you’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Are you thinking? Yup…that’s her.
Everyone hated Beatrice because she possessed zero likeable qualities. I know you’ve all heard the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Readers weren’t privy to the circumstances surrounding her birth, upbringing and subsequent marriage. There never were any hidden clues as to what made her tick. In It’s My Turn, the reader is taken on a journey as Beatrice shares her story and travels down the path to redemption.

 

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.

IMG_20140612_110133The 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.

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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.

Find the author buy the book:

LINK : http://amzn.com/B00LQO5RGQ
Web links: Facebook/Author LaQuita Cameron, Facebook Reads With LaQuita, Twitter: Laquitacam86
Instagram: Laquitacam86
Blog: Readswithlaquita@blogspot.com
My email address for readers to contact me is Laquita@lffpublishing.com

 Watch the trailer:

http://animoto.com/play/1XOl8CexsGU1SKl50YudJg

splittingkarmaSplitting Karma Synopsis:

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*

About the Author:

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.

She lives in Killeen, TX, with her husband and two children. She is pursuing a degree in English at Drury University and also serving in the US Army. Her hobbies include spending time with family, traveling, eating, and of course, writing. Her motto is “strive to excel, not to equal.”
 
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Splitting Karma: Kindle / Paperback

Every woman needs an escape…

Give into temptation this October with Lionsgate’s upcoming provocative thriller

ADDICTED!  Everything appears to be perfect on the outside, but Zoe Reynard is battling a deep, dark secret that is about to consume her life. Drawn by an intense inner desire, Zoe risks everything as she pursues a secretive life and heads down a perilous path she may not survive. Based on the best-selling novel by Zane,  ADDICTED hits theaters everywhere October 10.
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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

Keith's_bookIn his debut novel, Rejected But Still Prevailing, Keith Taylor II explores rejection and how it affects individuals in their lives.

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.

To purchase your copy, go to:  Amazon.com or http://www.inspiringvoices.com/.

Keith_TaylorMinister 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

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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
her lips.

“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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