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Friday, June 29, 2012

Too Hot For TV Soundtrack

Music plays such a big role in my writing, so I thought it would be fun to share the soundtrack for my book, Too Hot For TV.

  1. Tina Turner: Baby, I'm A Star 
  2. Brian McKnight: Let Me Love You
  3. Prince: International Lover
  4. Rick James/Teena Marie: Fire and Desire
  5. Black Sheep: The Choice is Yours
  6. James Blunt: You're Beautiful
  7. Pink: Trouble
  8. Beyonce: Listen
  9. Gladys Knight and the Pips: You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me
  10. Gladys Knight and the Pips: Midnight Train to Georgia
  11. Rockwell: Somebody's Watching Me
  12. Nu Shooz: I Can't Wait
  13. Fine Young Cannibals: She Drives Me Crazy

Load your e-reader with Too Hot For TV as you groove to the songs that inspired me. It's also available as a mass market paperback.

If It Isn't Love Soundtrack

Music plays such a big role in my writing, so I thought it would be fun to share the soundtrack for my book, If It Isn't Love.

  1. New Edition: If It Isn't Love
  2. Robin Thicke: Lost Without U
  3. Whitney Houston: Exhale (Shoop, Shoop)
  4. Deborah Cox: Sentimental
  5. Taylor Dayne: Love Will Lead You Back
  6. Deborah Cox: Things Just Ain't The Same
  7. Jaheim: Find My Way Back
  8. Anthony Hamilton: The Point Of It All
  9. SWV: I'm So Into You
  10. Alicia Keys: Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart
  11. Cheryl Pepsii Riley: Thanks For My Child
  12. Monica: Why I Love You So Much
  13. Bobby Brown/Whitney Houston: We Got Something In Common
Load your ereader with If It Isn't Love as you groove to the songs that inspired me.

Recipe For Desire Soundtrack

Music plays such a big role in my writing, so I thought it would be fun to share the soundtrack for my latest book, Recipe For Desire.
1. Queen Pen: Party Ain't A Party

2. Jean Knight: Mr. Big Stuff

3. Maroon 5: Makes Me Wonder

4. The Temptations/The Supremes: I'm Gonna Make You Love Me

5. Brian McKnight: Crazy Love

6. Keith Sweat:  I Want Her

7. LSG: My Body

8. Jesse Powell: You

9. Adele: Rolling In The Deep

10. John Coltrane: A Love Supreme

11. Miles Davis: All Blues

12. Johnny Gill: My, My, My

13. Beyonce: Daddy

Load up your iPod, and get your copy of Recipe For Desire!

How I spend my nights, most of the time

Just me, my iPad and a web cam. Watching Discovery ID, listening to Johnny Gill while writing this love scene.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Video Blog: Writers block and a break through!

Books by REAL authors

These days, it seems as if any reality star or scandal making headliner has a book on the shelves.
Yes, I'm pointing my finger at Evelyn Lozada and Rielle Hunter.

I'm all for supporting real authors. You will never see me talking junk about my fellow scribes, we work too hard to build a reputation and to put quality books out there to entertain readers. For example, one of my favorite writers, Victoria Christopher Murray, is a magician with the written word. When she tells a story, you learn something, you feel something and you want more.

For a "reality show" bully star to be called an author --when we know good and damned well a ghostwriter did the heavy lifting--is simply disrespectful.

This week, proud home wrecker Rielle Hunter drops a book about her affair with former senator John Edwards and their daughter. It's currently number two on Amazon. I saw her on 20/20 and was simply disgusted by the way she talked about Elizabeth Edwards, John's dead wife.
I haven't read this book, but I'm calling it trash. Yep. Trash.

There are better books to read this summer. Do you mind if I give you a few suggestions . . .Here we go!

1. Kayla Perrin: Always In My Heart, Surrender My Heart, Heart to Heart
2. Victoria Christopher Murray: Destiny's Divas
3. Michele Grant: Pretty Boy Problems
4. Judy Lynn Hubbard: Our First Dance
5. Brenda Jackson: Courting Justice
6. Cheris Hodges (that would be me) Recipe For Desire, If It Isn't Love
7. Tayari Jones: Silver Sparrow
8. Eric Jerome Dickey: An Accidental Affair
9. Angie Daniels: Endless Enchantment
10. Farrah Rochon: Pleasure Rush, A Forever Kind Of Love
11. Bettye Griffin: Isn't She Lovely
12. Deborah Fletcher Mello: Seduced By A Stallion 
13. Aliya S. King: Diamond Life
14. ReShonda Tate Billingsley: The Secret She Kept
15. Deatri King-Bey: Third Time's A Charm

Don't spend your time reading bad books, trashy books and books that you'll want to throw at the wall. Your paint job deserves better!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Why I love Prince

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know I celebrated Prince Day by playing all of his music, watching Purple Rain, Under The Cherry Moon and even Graffiti Bridge.
As the Purple One's birthday winds down, I thought I'd share the songs that inspired me to write certain books --more specifically-- some scenes in certain books. See, I can't write without music. And since I can't sing or play instruments, I'm glad I fell in love with Prince in 1984 when I had no idea what Nikki was doing with that magazine. :)

1. His Sexy Bad Habit --Do Me Baby (Controversy, 1981)

2. Revelations -- I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man (Sign O' The Times, 1987) 


3. Recipe For Desire -- Housequake, Adore (Sign O' The Times, 1987)

4. Let's Get It On-- Eye Hate U, (The Gold Experience, 1995), Letitgo (Come, 1994), Joy In Repetition (Graffiti Bridge, 1990), The Greatest Romance That's Ever Been Sold, (Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, 1999)

 5. Too Hot For TV -- Baby, I'm A Star,  I Would Die For You (Purple Rain, 1984)

And, of course, at some point, Erotic City has been playing while I've written all of my books. ;) And since it's playing right now, two of my characters are about to make love.

Thank you Prince! I hope you enjoyed your birthday as much as I did!