Midnight tease . . .

Coming this September, Tempted At Midnight is gaining advanced praise. “Scandal and seduction…nobody does them better.” —Zuri Day, author of the Sweet Heat “Once again, Cheris Hodges brings the heat with a sensual and romantic page turner that doesn’t disappoint. In Tempted at Midnight, Sylvie and Erik heat up the page!”  —K.M. Jackson, author of As Good as the First Time For fans of Brenda Jackson, Cheris Hodges brings the heat in a new contemporary romance where New Years Eve fireworks last long past the stroke of midnight. Here’s a little sneak peak inside this forthcoming novel! Ten! Sylvia hated the countdown to a new year. Especially in a crowd of couples. Everybody would be kissing in nine seconds and she was standing there with her third glass of champagne. Sylvie didn’t even like champagne but as the room celebrated the engagement of her best friend, Olivia Brown and her man LJ, she had to drink the swill. The ballroom was buzzing with excitement, though. Everyone wanted a loo…

Tempted At Midnight Reveal . . .

She wasn't expecting a kiss to change her life . . .

Have you read The Rancher's Return? Kathy Douglass talks Sweet Briar and sweet love

By now, you have to be a fan of romance author Kathy Douglass. If you're not, then let me tell you that it is time to treat yourself to some of the sweetest romance on the shelves right now.
Kathy introduced us to the small town of Sweet Briar, NC in HOW TO STEAL THE LAWMAN’S HEART– Harlequin Special Edition – February, 2017
Forgiveness starts with a stolen kiss… Chief of police Trent Knight had it all until an accident took his wife and he was left alone to raise two beautiful girls. Now the person he always blamed for his loss is back in town, and all bets are off. But soon his anger toward Carmen Shields gives way to a very different emotion — awareness of Carmen as a woman. On one hand, it feels like a betrayal of his late wife’s memory. On the other, it could be his second chance at life — and Carmen’s shot at redemption. Maybe she can go home again — with the help of a certain lawman. And she takes us back in her latest, THE RANCHER’S RETURN– Harlequin Special Edition – Marc…

A few random thoughts . . . .

I went to a historically black college, Johnson C. Smith University. And while a lot of people my age credit A Different World for the reason why they chose an HBCU, for me it was only one of the reasons.
The main reason I wanted to go to a historically black college was because of my aunt and uncle. Two of the smartest people I had ever known, she was a graduate of Benedict and he was a graduate of South Carolina State. They both made history in education, he at the University of South Carolina and she in Richland County's school district.
I wanted to be like them.
And it started with going to a black college. My uncle passed away earlier this month. And the tributes to this wonderful man have been pouring in like a soothing rain.
White was USC’s first African-American coach in any sport, but his greatest impact on the school and on hundreds of its athletes came after he left that role to become an academic advisor for the team and then build from scratch the athletic department’s…

When you can't say it, your friends can! "For Colored Girls, When No Should Have Been Enough… I’m Sorry We Continue To Fail You"

I'm lucky to have a tribe of friends who are smarter than I am. Who are better writers than I am. And what a blessing it is to know, KD King!  First, let me introduce you to my sis!
KD King is the author of Torn
Anaria Okam breathes war. She lives for vengeance. Wekari, an enemy planet, took the most precious thing from her –her mother. Though her mother lives in body, she is broken in spirit. Since the time Anaria could understand words, her father, ruler of the planet Loden, instilled in her the need to seek vengeance and destroy Wekari.
While trading goods on the neutral planet of Atlzo she spots the enemy, Marshall Kalil Umba, leader of the Wekarian armies. Seizing an opportunity, she follows him. As she gets close to him, her body lights with need. Then the embers of desire cause her whole body to glow. 
Kalil, of the space ship Destruction has finally found his mate. He realizes she is a warrior from the enemy planet of Loden. He captures her. Now he must make her trust him,…

Dating sucks in 2018

Let’s say you’re at the gas station in the rain and sexy-ish silver fox offers to pump your gas.  It’s cold outside and you accept the assist. He asks your name and you tell him. He comments on how you drive a nice car. And you smile because you agree. Then he asks you out on Saturday night. You don’t have anything going on and you haven’t been on a date in a while.  And did I mention that he’s cute? Stylish and smells good. What could possibly go wrong?  EVERYTHING.   1. Dude is boring.  He asked me what type of work did I do? I said, I’m a writer and a salesperson. He said he doesn’t have time to read. My face turned to stone. The last thing you should ever say to a human — especially one who writes — is I don’t have time to read. I could almost hear my sister telling me to stop being judgmental. But when do I listen to my sister? 
2. He’s a Carolina Panthers fan. Dude, you 50. You are not loyal. Then he started defending Cam Newton’s sexism.   Well, you guess how that worked out f…

Unapologetically Dope . . .Dr. Nicki Washington's love letter to black women in tech (and everywhere else!)

Want to know why Dr. Nicki Washington is the right woman to write a book titled Unapologetically Dope: Lessons for Black Women and Girls on Surviving and Thriving in the Tech Field

1. She is the first black woman to earn a Ph.D in computer science from North Carolina State University.
2. She's been coding since she was a child!
3. She was the first black woman faculty member of the computer science department at Howard University.
4. And she is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University (Just like me, so that makes her doper than your average off the gate!)

Today I got a chance to visit with Dr. Washington in her office on the campus of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, fitting place for a Rock Star like Nicki!