#WIPWednesday: If You’re Gonna Give Him The Cat – Leslie’s Curl & Dye

Posted 6 December, 2017 by DLWhite in Reviews, Snips&Shorts 0 Comments

#WIPWednesday: If You’re Gonna Give Him The Cat – Leslie’s Curl & DyePublished by Amazon Digital Services on September 10, 2017
Genres: African American Romance, Contemporary, Small town romance
Pages: 324
Format: eBook, Paperback
Source: Amazon
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Falling in love in a small town is tricky.
Falling in love with the man who's putting you out of business is trickier.
Leslie Baker, owner of Potter Lake’s original hometown beauty shop, the Curl & Dye, has a muscular, handsome, 6’4” problem. Her college sweetheart, former basketball superstar Kade “KC” Cavanaugh, is back in Potter Lake following his NBA retirement and the business he’s opened, a slick and shiny co-ed salon on the other side of Potter Lake, directly competes with Curl & Dye.
KC is all too eager to pick things up where they left off fifteen years ago, but Leslie can’t forget how he pushed her away after an intimate encounter, then dropped out of college and left her behind for the bright lights of professional ball.
Though she won’t admit it, time and maturity have eaten away at Leslie's anger and her long-buried attraction to Kade Cavanaugh has resurfaced.
With a vengeance.
Now there is a larger problem: Leslie and KC find themselves in the center of a city wide drama, and with both sides of Potter Lake at war and their livelihoods at stake, the two have to stop sniping at each other and start working together.
And maybe, in the process, forget the past and revive a budding romance that was very special...a very long time ago.

Well, howdy. *tips hat*

Today is #WIPWednesday but, gloriously, I do not have a WIP. Yesterday I decided that aside from a fun story for the fanfiction archive, I am done writing for publication for the year. I am tired, my brain is tired, I would have loved to publish four books this year, but my miiiiiiiiinds tellin’ me nooooooo.

The more I sit with the decision, the more at peace I feel. I was publishing maybe two books a year and taking long breaks, during  which I engaged in a lot of navel gazing and screwing around. Shooting for 4 books this year wasn’t decided until August, when I had only pubbed one book so far. I pushed Leslie’s out in September and then turned around and did the holiday short in November.  And I did make my goal of not sitting around being a lazy bones between releases.

Aannyway, none of that matters today because it’s still #WIPWednesday so I wanted to share a snippet from Curl & Dye with ya’ll. If you haven’t read it and need some convincing, look no further than Reading Romance In Color’s review of Curl & Dye. She enjoyed the small town but still black centered dynamic and the grown & sexy aspect of KC and Leslie’s relationship. Speakin’ of grown & sexy:

Just when I didn’t need his big head to show up, I heard KC’s voice, faint but getting louder as he approached. He and Kendrick were joking with each other on their way back from the park. They couldn’t see us, but I felt like we were eavesdropping.

I stayed quiet, practically holding my breath so he couldn’t hear me breathing, until they stomped up the front porch steps and went into the house. I heaved a sigh, and tossed back the last swallow of wine.

“Hit me,” I ordered, holding out my glass. She poured, giving me about half a glass more. I needed it for this confession I was about to dump on her. I licked my lips and inhaled a deep, fortifying breath before I blurted, “So…KC kissed me.”

Tamera’s blank stare lasted for a few beats.  “Uh….when did this happen?”

“Today. Tonight. Before I came over here.”

“Like… a kiss, kiss? Or just a kiss?”

“Uhm… a kiss, kiss. There was tongue.”

“Oh.” She blinked, seeming confused. “And… that’s why your head is in the clouds and you’re acting dickmatized?”

“Probably. Kinda.”

“Okay, then. And… you kissed him back.”

“Who just stands there while they’re being kissed?”

“I mean…” Tamera reached for her wine glass and took a few sips. “So. How, exactly, did his lips end up on you, again? Did he trip and fall into your face?”

My glass hit the tabletop with a thunk and pushed my chair back from the table. “Thanks for the wine and snacks and the Thursday Night Snark, Tamera. I have a long day tomorrow, so—”

“Leslie— okay, I’m sorry.” Tamera grabbed my arm and dug one of her talons into my skin. “Please, please stay. Talk to me.”

“Are you done being a sarcastic bitch?”

She had the nerve to pause before answering, “Mostly. Yes. Why did he kiss you? And how do you feel about it?”

“Well, we were talking. I brought up when we slept together. I said I thought we had a good time and I thought he did, too. But then he treated me like it was the worst thing to ever happen to him.”

“Okay. And then he said…”

“Do you remember KC talking about his mom’s illness in Sports Illustrated right after he went pro?”

Tamera shrugged and shook her head. She’d never followed him all that closely. I had to hide that I knew his every move. “She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis right when we started our sophomore year. The bills were already piling up by the time he found out. Going pro helped pay her medical bills. Still helps pay her medical bills.”

Her lips formed a perfect ‘O’ as she began to understand. He didn’t withdraw from Healy over a couple of hours of sweaty, awkward co-ed sex. It really had nothing to do with me.

“When I was leaving, he stopped me and… kissed me. He said it was an apology for making me think he didn’t like being with me, because he did. And…”

“And? There’s more? Did ya’ll screw in the parking lot?”

I glared at Tamera, nervously rubbing my neck because her question threw my imagination into overdrive and…I really needed to take the edge off.  “He said he wouldn’t mind being with me again.”

Tamera was so quiet for so long that I looked up, just to see if I could tell by her expression where her thought train was running. She was staring at some spot above me, her head tilted to the right. I recognized that head tilt and sighed.

“He….” She began, a finger already in the air. “Kade Cavanaugh, that is, said he wouldn’t mind being with you again. And you’re all twisted up about this?”

“I’m not twisted up. It was the last thing I expected to hear from him. I’m… I’m a little out of sorts, is all.”

“So… you know I just have to be honest, right?” I nodded, accepting my fate and halfway regretting even telling her about the kiss.  “You need to think with your brain and not your inner hot in the ass,  I have a crush on KC, college girl, mkay? He’s a tall, handsome, rich, sexy tatooed muthafuckah. Ya’ll have history. That means it’s so much easier for you to fall for him again. You realize this, right?”

Slowly, I bobbed my head. I did not want to know this, but I did.

“But Leslie… don’t let any part of your brain accept that mediocre, I wouldn’t mind bullshit. You are a gorgeous, smart, resourceful, successful entrepreneur who happens to be lit as hell.  Many, many men wouldn’t mind having sex with you. Do you care what the hell random men want?”

I shook my head. No. I did not. 

“If you’re gonna give him the cat, make sure it’s because he can’t get the cat off his mind. Not just because an ex-NBA baller, as fine as that muthafuckah is, wouldn’t mind sleeping with you. You just told me last week that you ain’t no damn Kade Cavanaugh groupie. So don’t act like one.”

#WritingWednesday: I was going to be a spectacle – Unexpected

#WritingWednesday: I was going to be a spectacle – Unexpected

by DL White Genres: African American Romance, Contemporary, Romance Format: eBook Source: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ibooks, Kobo Good morning and happy Writing Wednesday! It’s a super day, and I’ll tell you why: my holiday short, Unexpected, is live and kicking! I have never kicked off the holiday season so early, but I really needed it, and I hope others that need some holiday cheer will find it in my cute and fun little ditty. A few people may recognize this short from a story I posted on my website a few years ago. It’s been niggling at me because… whatever happened to Will and Saidah?? So I took it down, retooled and updated and added chapters. It’s a very sweet, holiday themed, feel good story that I hope new and seasoned readers will enjoy! The book will be available for purchase on Amazon as well as Kobo, Barnes & Noble and iBooks. This means it will NOT be available via Kindle Unlimited. You can reach all of those stores with this handy dandy universal link: Unexpected. As soon as the book is available on other platforms, they’ll pop up there, so if your fave platform isn’t available, hang in there and check back! For today’s Writing Wednesday, I’m posting chapter one of Unexpected. I hope you’re intrigued and plan to snap it up and enjoy!   “I don’t know why you’re being so difficult, Saidah. Just put on some clothes, run a brush through your hair and come over.” “Maybe I don’t want to go over there. Maybe I want to sit on my couch and watch A Christmas Story back to back while I drink myself into oblivion.” As if I needed to prove my point, I loudly sipped from my mug of spiked hot chocolate. “That’s the exact reason you need to bring your behind over here. You don’t need to be by yourself on Christmas. Especially on Christmas.”

#Writing Wednesday: All of this woman’s secrets- Same Time Next Week

#Writing Wednesday: All of this woman’s secrets- Same Time Next Week

I was thinking about SAME TIME NEXT WEEK recently, a book I don’t talk much about because it was my foray into interracial romance and it pretty much flopped. Not that the book isn’t good (because it is), but I didn’t and still really don’t know how to market this book. So while I am writing, I am trying to pop up some interest in a title that hasn’t received much attention but definitely deserves it.

*~* Happy Indie Author Day 2017 *~*

*~* Happy Indie Author Day 2017 *~*

  Happy Indie Author Day, 2017! Believe it or not, this is my FIRST Indie Author Day. I heard rumblings about it in years before, but never paid attention or celebrated it. The libraries in my city don’t participate so it’s not a Real Life thing, strictly in this online world. I figured I should jump in this year and celebrate, since my feet have planted firmly in self published soil. A few authors are talking about what this day means to them. For me, one word resonates. Freedom. The idea of contracting with a publisher and agreeing to all of their terms, the slow publishing cycle,not having control over your career… gives me the heebie jeebs! I’m very much a control freak (what, you couldn’t tell) and I love the freedom to decide to do my own thing. Like… Reducing the price on my new release, Leslie’s Curl & Dye until Tuesday Reducing the price on MOST of my books to $.99. If you wanted any of my books #fahdalowlow, now is the time… prices go back up on Tuesday! Interested in MORE free and $.99 book bargains? Check out our Indie Romance sale at the Romance Books Blog. Dinner at Sam’s is on sale for $.99 as is my author friend Tasha Harrison’s book,  IN HER CLOSET– this was a 5 star read for me! I’m off to read some books and celebrate being an Indie Author the best way I know how… by writing another book. Have a fantastic Saturday!

#TeaserTuesday: Leslie’s Curl & Dye -Whatever kinda undies you have on –

#TeaserTuesday: Leslie’s Curl & Dye -Whatever kinda undies you have on –

I decided to do a lil TuesdayTease of Leslie’s Curl & Dye, since it’s Tuesday and the book is out! Snatch it up Amazon, or read it free with your Kindle Unlimited subscription. Enjoy! I drank my iced coffee, looking around the room that was a shrine to his old life. “You probably get asked this a hundred times a day, but do you miss the court?” He started to nod, then grimaced. “I mostly miss being on a team, traveling, playing for TV cameras, whatever. I was kind of a ham.” “Yes, you were,” fell out of my mouth before I could stop myself from saying it. But he was. KC knew where the cameras were at all times and managed to get his face in one at every open opportunity. The headline wasn’t usually by how much whatever team he was on won or lost; it was about whatever gesture or expression KC showed the crowd that night. “See, I knew you followed my career. You’re not as cold and uncaring as you want to seem.” “It’s not like I could help it. Those first two years, everyone at Healy went crazy. You’re all anyone talked about.” “But you didn’t have to keep watching.” “I sort of did. My ex was a fan, since you both went to Healy and all. You were on all his Fantasy teams.” “Oh yeah?” He nodded, halfway smiling. “That’s wassup. Did he know that you knew me?” “Thats why he wanted to date me at first. He was always trying to see if he could get tickets to a game if your team was playing in Chicago. I told him I didn’t know you like that. I couldn’t just ask you for tickets.” “You could have just asked me for tickets. You did know me like that.” “I know,” I said, lifting the bottle to my lips, trying to hide a smile. “He didn’t have to know that.” “So what happened with […]

Because of course it’s up early! Leslie’s Curl & Dye, now available

Because of course it’s up early! Leslie’s Curl & Dye, now available

We are live and such! Not too much rambling about this one. I really like this story and my main characters, Leslie Baker and Kade Cavanaugh… the supporting cast aren’t too shabby, either. I hope you enjoy them too!   Pick up this book Amazon.com here -> https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075J6LQ8X Add to your Goodreads To Read Shelf here -> https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36213839-leslie-s-curl-dye Please put this book in your face and enjoy… don’t forget to leave a review!  

*August 2017 Results!*

*August 2017 Results!*

Hello there! For anyone that is interested in my August results since my post on how I was making more of a marketing effort, I have some numbers! Technically I should wait until tomorrow but the change in books sold and $ amount will be miniscule and I wanted to look at the numbers today. First, let’s look at June and July. I blot out $$ amounts but you can figure it out if you’re good at maffs. What’s important to me is # of books sold and pages read. 30/98K in June and 29/59K in July. Not stellar, by my own personal standards. An average of $5 to $15 a day. Not too bad but both months amounted to a few hundred dollars in earnings. Coming off of a book release in May (which was my biggest month ever), I wasn’t all that pleased in how my efforts failed to carry into a new month and wanted to change things up, hence my post on Book Marketing a few weeks ago. August:   Where I am ending up for August, with a few more page reads/sales than stated on this chart. Extremely happy with August. My new goal is to stay here and build. I haven’t planned out September yet but I have a book release coming up, so I am sure I’ll build up to that and do something to hold up those sales through the rest of the month.

Let’s talk Book Marketing!

Let’s talk Book Marketing!

I know, this is your favorite topic, right? Right after writer’s block and right before the discussion about whether romances have to have a happy ending. But seriously. Let’s talk about it. “Millions of people want to read your book.” -Chris Fox  I have been publishing since 2015, stumbling through most of it like a newborn deer, making an okay chunk of money here and there but for the most part, coasting along and making pizza money. You know, that deposit from Amazon that could cover a nice large pie and maybe some garlic knots from your fave pizza joint. I kind of got sick of working so hard for miniscule numbers. Then recently something changed. I’m really trying to remember who, how, when, but I stumbled upon The Author Biz. It’s a website but also a podcast. And started to listen to some of the backlog of past episodes. Ya’ll my jaw was dropping, because people were moving SERIOUS books. Quitting jobs and working full time as writers. I wanted to know HOW… HOW… HOW YA DOING THAT?! Chris Fox, author of Write to Market (great book, by the way) was talking about his new book, Relaunch your Novel, all about making the most of your backlist. I was intrigued by the depth of conversation and the content. I listened to just about every episode of The Author Biz podcast  and others like it. Started reading books, studying, taking notes. Checking stuff out. I want to show you something.