Hello Blog! It’s been awhile! I’d love to say I’ve been busy, but I haven’t. Just livin’ life you know? But what better reason to grace your feed reader than to celebrate the release of a black romance by one of my #authorbaes, Te Russ! I have read Noble Redemption (sucked it down in one gulp, actually!) and this novel is some of Te’s best work. I’ve read her backward and forward and it’s been such a pleasure to watch her take a step out on a limb and totally kill it in the black romance game! Enough yammering. Let’s get down to bidness! About the Author: Té Russ found […]
Yesterday, I spent some of my day following the habits of an author that I consider successful in the indie author biz. Some may know her, some may not, but she’s a machine and pretty well known in a few circles and is one of the few authors that’s taking the Indie publishing biz and making it her b#tch. She walked away from traditional publishing and decided to do things her own way. Looking at her long list of accomplishments made me ponder all of the things that I (and other black authors) could be doing instead of standing at the door of Big Trad Pub with our hands on our hips […]
Unedited. Subject to change. Copywritten so don’t copy me. No pub date as of yet, but this is what I plan to work on this November. “Do you know what I do here? Do you know what this law firm is about?” Sylvia rolls her chair back from the desk and stands, then walks to the enormous window covered in floor length sheer white drapes. She pokes her finger between two sheers and peers out into the Atlanta skyline. “At Kincaid Family Law, we bring men like Warren Jackson to their knees. Go after assets. Find hidden money.” She turns from the window and strides back to her desk and […]
Mid-Event Survey: 1. What are you reading right now? Just finished STORMY WEATHER by Paula Woods, Book two in the Charlotte Jones Detective series 2. How many books have you read so far? This is book two 3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Hoping Book 3 is even better than 1 & 2 4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Nope, I live alone, so other than needing food and drink, I’ve been fine. […]
This is my first official readathon so let’s do it right, shall we? This is the opening meme to the 24 hour reading session. 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Atlanta, GA 2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? None in particular. I’m starting a series, so just hoping the next is better than the one before. 3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? I got a nice hot breakfast sandwich. ANd some skittles. 4) Tell us a little something about yourself! By day I am an Executive Admin for a well known Atlanta based beverage […]
After writing a book, I always need a break. I need to decompress from the writing schedule, from my mind being consumed with how to write well and how to make what I have written better. I need to clear my head of the old plot, the old one-liners, the old goals.
I remember way back in the olden days (like 2015) when i was about to publish my first book. Like, I was about to hit the publish button on Amazon and send my baby out into the world for strangers to grab it and grope it and criticize it and say nasty things about it. And me. Because that’s what I was convinced was going to happen.
Sometimes I read a book by a well-loved author and I think,”wow, that was their best yet!” and sometimes I think, “wow, that was so classic [author]”. This book is classic Slaughter to me. Gritty, compact, twisted and complex.
On one of my beach trips, I was watching the tide come in and thinking about a cute short story about a woman who owns some kind of business on an island and she meets a man she can’t resist… but she has to, because he’s not staying. That was summer of 2015…. it took all this time (and about 4 beach trips!) for this story to come together in my head.
When Ameenah Porter moves to the quaint beach town of Black Diamond Isles to fulfill her dream of opening her own smoothie shop, she encounters a man who is tall, dark and extremely handsome with a wicked taste for orange flavored beverages. She doesn’t need the distraction of a new man but Wade, who’s staying in the giant sized home at the end of her block, is irresistible.
Soon, Wade is a regular fixture at Tikis & Cream and while her days are busy, her nights sizzle.
Wade Marshall was supposed to spend the summer on Black Diamond Isles getting away from the city, ridding himself of the distractions that had been impacting his work. When he meets his bold, beautiful, sexy neighbor with the “glorious hips” and a penchant for ice cream, he tries hard to resist, but the attraction wins him over.
There’s only one problem: Wade is returning to Brooklyn at the end of the summer. Ameenah lives on Black Diamond. If they give into their desires, it has to be with the understanding that this fling is just that… a Beach Thing.
As the end of summer on Black Diamond nears, will they run from what they feel, or admit what they’ve known all along?