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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Treasured Turkey Day Memories

It's beginning to look a lot like.  .  .We're not skipping Thanksgiving on this blog. A few of the most spectacular women I know have dropped by to share their favorite Thanksgiving memories. 

I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and I hope your families have a joyous holiday season. 



Aja The Writer Graves, author of I'm Yours and Unexpected. Follow her online at http://ajathewriter.wordpress.com.:


"Thanksgiving is not my favorite holiday; Christmas is, but I always felt that the food on Thanksgiving was the best out of the two. All of the focus of the family is on making sure every dish is prepared to perfection and that no one walks out of the house un-full or unsatisfied. My grandmother who is now 80, is the matriarch of my family. Whenever someone asks me where are you going this holiday (doesn’t matter which holiday it is)— I always respond with “Over MaMa’s”. I feel like my loving grandfather’s feelings must have been hurt when he was living, since I never seemed to acknowledge that it was his house too but hey. . he never let on. Anyway, for most of my life, because my family is large, I was the observer of what happened in the kitchen. My job was always to get out the fine dinnerware and silverware. But over the years, my role has evolved. With my relatives either passing or aging, especially my grandmother, there’s a lot more for me to do. So my favorite memory now is of my grandmother looking over at me and asking me with her eyes, leaving her pride in place, to pull that out of the oven, please stir that for me, please start to fill the dishes with the sides. Please gather the family for Grace. The passing of the torch- that is my newest favorite memory."


Farrah Rochon, author of several steamy and delicious romance novels including her latest,  All You Can Handle (Moments in Maplesville). Follow her online at www.farrahrochon.com.

Of course my favorite Thanksgiving memory revolves around food and family, because that's what Thanksgiving is about where I come from. My very favorite Thanksgiving happens years ago, back when my grandparents were alive and all their kids and grandkids still piled into their house. I'm pretty sure we broke fire codes with the amount of people who always gathered on holidays. That particular Thanksgiving, the kids and grandkids decided to provide the desserts and we ended up with twenty-one different types of sweet treats that year, including seventeen different kinds of pie. That Thanksgiving meal has become a thing of legends in my family. Now that my grandparents are no longer here, it's rare that my mother and her nine siblings all get together for the holidays, so I truly treasure those memories. Wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving that they can share with their loved ones this year.


Farrah even has a gift for readers, the first two Maplesville books are free! Click here to get yours! 




Ashley Fayton, blogger and future bestselling author, poet and cook.

Thanksgiving is a weird holiday for my family. It always just feels like a Sunday after church where you feel like you just  really want to cook a big meal. It's never been a huge deal for my family. At least from my point ovmf view. Even though we have adopted the usual traditions of the holiday, it's odd. 
I guess, my favorite Thanksgiving memory was two years ago (I think... I have no concept of time) when I got to cook the whole meal myself. See, I went to a technical school for culinary arts and love everything about cooking. So to have the chance to cook such a big, "important" meal for my whole family, was amazing. I loved creating something out of nothing  and being able to watch the joy on my family's faces as they ate. 
To this day, that is one of my best memories, period. Not just for the holiday. 











Wendy Covington, speech-language pathologist, masters degree in communications disorders. HBCU Alum, Winston-Salem State University and North Carolina Central University.

My favorite Thanksgiving memory is from three or four years ago. I have a very small family; most of my cousins are only children. We also are staggered in age, do not live in close proximity, and did not grow up together. So typically we did not have lively, noisy Thanksgiving gathering with a packed house full of family all sitting around a large table.
A few years ago, we all realized that our parents, aunts and uncles are getting older – most are in their 80s – and that we needed to try to enjoy the time we have left with our loved ones, and the small number of family members we do have. We agreed to begin spending Thanksgiving together. My favorite memory was one of the first such dinners we had. We were all at my aunt’s house. Everyone had come from near and far. Friends were there to join in the holiday fun. My cousin put together a special playlist on her phone. We had music, drinks, dancing and of course good food. Though we were small in number, we finally managed to create some joyful, lively Thanksgiving memories.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

More scandal from Elle Wright with the release of His All Night

HIS ALL NIGHT by Elle Wright (November 24, 2015; Forever Mass Market; Edge of Scandal: Book #2)
THE PRICE OF PLEASUREIn relationships, Calisa Harper has clear rules: no expectations, no commitments, no one gets hurt. She doesn't need a diamond ring to bring her happiness. She just needs Jared. Fine, fit, and ferocious in bed, Jared is Calisa's ideal combination of friend and lover. But the no-strings status they've shared for years is about to get very tangled.

Jared Williams is the kind of man most women long for: sexy, successful, and ready to settle down. He knows convincing the commitment-phobic Calisa that forever is nothing to fear won't be easy-especially when his ex turns up with a daughter she never told him about. In a heartbeat, Jared and Calisa's passion goes from fiery to fragile. He wants to hold on to the love they share but is terrified that their next night together could be their last . . .

Elle Wright is a writer to watch. Her romance novels are realistic and romantic. There's something about two people who don't belong together falling in love. In her first book, The Forbidden Man, Elle created a cast of characters who are flawed and deep. I'm so excited to see the development of these characters in His All Night.

Get this book today. You will not be disappointed. 

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Vote for I Heard A Rumor: Sexy Cover!

When I first saw this cover, I said, "Damn, I love this. Look at where her hand is!" 
It's sexy as all get out. And the folks over at GoodReads think so. So, now I'm in competition with some other sexy covers. 

But I want to win! And I need you! Please vote for I Heard A Rumor! 
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Thank you and let's rock the vote!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Why the Jem and The Holograms movie should've flopped!

So, as part of my Sunday writing routine, I watch Jem and the Holograms —the cartoon not that craptistic movie!

Well, the Jacqui Benton episode came on. And I got totally pissed off again. In this episode, we discover the Synergy, the computer that created Jem and the Holograms was built by her father in her mother's likeness.
For that damned punk ass screen writer to turn Synergy into a Furby is just stupid, dumb, worst thing ever! And one million dollars was too much for that crappy movie to make! I'd watch Hannah Montana before I watch that stupid ass movie!
This is Synergy

This is some bullshit

What happened to personal contact?

My face when I need a hug

So, I'm sitting in Starbucks writing on my MacBook, looking down at my iPhone and wearing an Apple Watch. I'm connected. Too connected.
A table over from me are two people who obviously know each other and they are both on their phones. Sharing pictures from whatever app they're viewing. But no words are being exchanged.

Is this the new normal? Are we so addicted to our electronic devices that we don't talk anymore? I'm not one to judge because I just laid out the fact that I'm just as addicted. Do I need an Apple Watch? If I'm honest, no. But has it changed my life? Yes. It alerts me to every damned thing. Even when I don't really care about it. For example, the Kenyans won the NYC Marathon again. *Kanye Shrug*

But am I happy I can live out my Inspector Gadget fantasy and talk on the phone from my wrist? Yep!

I can't remember the last time I've gone on a date —I'm on strike, but that's a story for another day—but I'd like to think that I'd put my phone away and talk to the guy sitting across the table from me.
This might be a little TMI, but when I was #TeamFitbit, I wore it during sex and I kept trying to look at my heart rate, that's probably why I haven't been on a date in a while. But I digress.

When you're out alone and you don't want to be bothered, the phone is a great way to get people to leave you the hell alone. White earbuds are the international sign of "don't talk to me." (Unless you're in the South. People in the South will try you. Yes, that's just how we're made. Smile at the wrong Southerner and you will be drawn into a two hour conversation.)

Back to the folks on the phone date, they haven't touched hands once. This just makes me sad.
Oh, well, back to my novel.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

#IHeardARumor that Publisher's Weekly loves I Heard A Rumor

Publisher's Weekly recently reviewed my upcoming novel, I Heard A Rumor. 

And they liked it!

Here's what the review says:
Hodges’s second Rumor contemporary (after Rumor Has It) showcases her skill at writing sexy, hard-won romances. Attorney Chante Britt decides to take her grandmother’s advice to flirt with a stranger while in Charleston, S.C., where she’s escaping the media ploy of her delusional ex-fiancé. Minutes after meeting businessman Zach Harrington, the two enjoy an impromptu kiss with a serious charge of passion. Zach proposes a no-strings sexual relationship, since each is reeling from the fallout of prior relationships. At first his God’s-gift-to-women attitude pushes all the wrong buttons for her, but the couple falls into easy camaraderie, allowing the two damaged souls to rebound from their personal and professional crises. Soon their creative, scorching passion burns up the pages. But Zach does not disclose the full nature of his scandal, and reality sets in as rumors explode, danger ratchets up, and Chante learns the truth. Supportive and villainous secondary characters alike add richness to make this a delicious, immersive page-turner. (Dec)

Have you pre ordered your copy yet? And books make great gifts! So, order two or three!
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Catch up on the series with Rumor Has It!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Glimmer in the Darkness Nicole Hampton's debut novel shines!

Glimmer in the Darkness Synopsis




For Shannon Johnson, full-time wife, mom and freelance writer, life as she knew it changed one spring afternoon with the ringing of her doorbell.  On the other side stood Vaneetra James, former mistress of Shannon’s husband, Daniel.  With two sons, Shannon resisted the urge to leave Daniel in order to keep her family intact. However, she refused to deal with the issues resulting from Daniel’s extramarital affair. 

When Shannon thought her life couldn’t get any worse, a tragic turn of events in Vaneetra’s life turned Shannon’s already fractured world upside down, sending her marriage into an even deeper peril.

Feeling desperate and trapped, Shannon made a series of rash decisions that landed her in the arms of another man, bringing her already fragile world crashing downward.  Having to come to grips with the reality that the man she once thought was extraordinary was just ordinary, she had to trudge the road of forgiveness, while learning to love again and accept what she never imagined could ever exist.

Author Bio

            Born in the South Suburbs of Chicago, IL, Nicole Hampton’s love for reading developed at an early age.  She often spent hours becoming lost in the worlds of characters of her favorite books.  Reading offered an opportunity for Nicole to dream about life outside of her community and fed her desire to want to explore the world beyond her modest surroundings.
            Wanting to find a way to help people see the struggles in their lives differently, Nicole started off writing skits and plays for her church that addressed real life issues, and helped people to see God in their situations.  The accolades given by those who saw her plays fueled her determination to write her first novel Glimmer in the Darkness and continue to address issues that occur in day to day life.  
            Nicole earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work, and utilizes the skills and knowledge learned to address the issues presented in her debut novel in a manner that allows people to connect and understand the struggles of her characters.    
            Nicole lives in North Carolina, is a dedicated wife and mother of six, who spends any time she can snatch, developing characters and story lines to share with her readers. 

Facebook: TheNicoleHampton

Operation Midnight Spotlight on Sharon C. Cooper

Book Spotlight
Title of Book: Operation Midnight















Author: Sharon C. Cooper

 

Blurb:
No bad deed goes unpunished


Former Navy SEAL turned private investigator, Cameron “Wiz” Miller, has loved only one woman, his ex-wife, Olivia. She’s beautiful, talented and the sweetest person he knows. With plans to remarry her, there is nothing she could ask of him that he wouldn’t do except … one thing.


Olivia has loved Wiz since high school. He is her hero. Her protector. She understands his hesitation to search for the woman who left her for dead. Forgiveness has been a long time coming, but Olivia has made peace with what happened. Wiz hasn't. For him, forgiveness is not an option.


But the sins of the past have come back to haunt Wiz, placing Olivia in danger. He must tap into his military training and every alliance he has formed over the years to save her. But is it too late? Will he and Olivia ever get that happily-ever-after?


Excerpt:
“I want you to find my sister.”
He froze. Didn’t move, didn’t blink and though she was staring at him, she couldn’t even tell if he was breathing. That love she saw brimming in his eyes only moments ago … vanished.
Wiz raised up slowly, his gaze never leaving hers. She could count on one hand the number of times he’d been angry with her, and sad to say, each time centered around her twin sister, Keisha.
Olivia watched his whole demeanor change before her eyes. His beautiful green eyes had darkened into narrow slits, his jaw tightened, and the bed covers fisted within his hand. She wasn’t afraid of Wiz, but at the moment, this was a side of him she hadn’t seen in years. Not since the last time she had seen Keisha.
“Cameron, please say something.” She scooted to the far side of the bed and stood, wrapping her arms around herself.
“Say something?” The venom behind his words almost made her take a step back, but she stood her ground. She wanted to see Keisha and if anyone could find her, it was Cameron.
“I know how you feel about Kei—”
“No!” He stabbed the air with his index finger with such force, it was a wonder he hadn’t wrenched his arm out of the socket. “You have no fucking idea how I feel about her, because if you did, you wouldn’t ask this of me. You wouldn’t even say her motherfucking name in my presence!”
Olivia’s breath caught and she reared back, stunned by the fury bouncing off him like vicious waves crashing against the shore. Never had he raised his voice at her, nor had he ever cursed at her. She knew he wouldn’t be happy with the request, but she had no idea he would freak out this way.
Copyright © 2015 by Sharon C. Cooper


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Author Bio
Award-winning and bestselling author, Sharon C. Cooper, spent 10 years as a sheet metal worker. And while enjoying that unique line of work, she attended college in the evening and obtained her B.A. in Business Management with an emphasis in Communication. Sharon is a romance-a-holic - loving anything that involves romance with a happily-ever-after, whether in books, movies or real life. She writes contemporary romance, as well as romantic suspense and enjoys rainy days, carpet picnics, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. When Sharon is not writing or working, she’s hanging out with her amazing husband, doing volunteer work or reading a good book (a romance of course). To read more about Sharon and her novels, visit www.sharoncooper.net
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Talking Soulmate with Deatri King-Bey

Deatri King-Bey is not just one of my favorite writers, but she is one of my favorite people.
She was one of the first editors to look at my work and can you believe she liked it?
Deatri is an all around force of nature when it comes to crafting stories. And I'm loving the Precious Jewels Series.

Her latest installment, Soulmate, is ready for you to download right now!

Deatri talked to me about the series and Pearl!

1.     The Precious Jewels series has a bunch of kick butt heroines. What has been the response from readers?

From the moment I introduced the Precious Jewels in my Write Brothers series, readers have been begging for a series surrounding them. So far the feedback has been all positive. The Precious Jewels are not damsels in distress who need a man to come riding in on his white horse to save them—at least not in the traditional sense of save. The Precious Jewels kick butt and take names later. Their heroes had to be strong Alpha males who recognizes and appreciated that they were still women who wanted to be loved and cared for.

2.     Tell the readers about the latest installment in the series.

This go around, you get to know Pearl—the misfit. She never felt like she fit in her family and because of her extreme lifestyle (she’s routinely in death defying situations and jumps out of perfectly good planes for fun and such), most people don’t understand her. She longs for someone to love and to love her for who she is, but knows there is no Mr. Right for her. Her latest assignment links her with a boring school teacher who turns out not to be so boring.  Then the adventure begins.

3.     What's been the best part of writing this series? It reads like you are having a lot of fun writing it.

I like to say there are four Precious Jewels, each special in her own way, and I mean it. I am having a BALL writing their stories. They are a very close knit family, look very similar, grew up in the same household… the similarities go on and on, but each has a distinct personality and outlook on life. So each one’s story has ties to her sisters’ stories, yet is completely different in tone. I probably wouldn’t have been allowed to do this in traditional publishing.

4.     How many more jewels can we expect?

Jade is the last Precious Jewel, but there are other books coming from this series. Along the way readers have fallen in love with secondary characters and asked for their stories also. I’m just glad they are the same characters that I’d been wanting to write additional books for also.

5.     How can readers follow you on line?

I’m terrible online. I know I should be promoting, promoting, promoting, but that’s just not me. If you are interested in receiving an announcement when I release a new title, please sign up for my announcements: http://eepurl.com/eE9pA I also have a personal Facebook page that if you want to “Subscribe” and hear me talk about whatever, come on over. I do ask that people subscribe instead of requesting friendship because I don’t accept friend request anymore. There is a limit on friends you can have, but  no limit on subscribers. Crazy, huh? http://www.facebook.com/deatri

6.     What is next in the works for you?

I’m finishing up a novella, have an erotic romantic suspense I need to send to editing, writing the third book in the Black Widow and the Sandman series I write with Curtis Alcutt as L. L. Reaper and about to start Jade’s book. Whew, I have a busy year before me. LOL.

7.     What has changed in publishing since your debut novel?

My first title was published almost a decade ago with a traditional publisher. Back then I was working as a developmental editor and doing marketing for small publishing houses. The industry is almost completely different now. Not just on the traditional side, but also on the self-publishing side. It would take a few books to say what has changed. I will say that I love that authors have more options now, and have more control over their careers. 


The heart of the Precious Jewels Security Agency, Pearl Nicolas’s life has become one undercover assignment after the next. Happy, yet jealous, that her sisters are finding their soulmates, Pearl reluctantly accepts there is no soulmate out there for her… Or is there?

Tariq Suárez Anzar’s life changed when he became a single father of a teen. When a possible drug ring is suspected on his daughter’s prep school campus, the Precious Jewels are called in to find out exactly what is going on. But Tariq discovers so much more—Pearl. From the first moment they met, everything within him screamed, “She is your soulmate!”

Timing would be perfect for Tariq to go after his soulmate except one tiny thing—his daughter is Pearl’s only lead in the case. Patient as much as he is determined, he will not let this once in a lifetime chance slip by to have the family he wants.


Thank you, Cheris,

Friday, September 25, 2015

#IHeardARumor Friday teaser


#IHeardARumor
Friday teaser:
 Zach was happy to see sports on the television above the bar as he sipped his whiskey. He had to stop drinking because he was supposed to be relaxing. Still, the news report about his ex got under his skin. Would someone who mattered in Charleston see the national reports and put two and two together when he started to do business? 
 Forget about it. You haven’t even found an opportunity yet, he thought as he waved for the bartender. 
 “Yes, sir?” the perky blond asked with a smile. 
 “I think I need some food to go along with this drink. What would a pretty lady like you suggest?” Zach smiled and she leaned forward. 
 “You can never go wrong with shrimp and grits,” she said with a smile. 
 “Then I’d like an order of shrimp and grits.” 
 “All right, sugar, I’ll put that in for you. Want another Crown?” 
 He shook his head and handed her a twenty-dollar bill. “Thank you for your suggestion.”
 “My pleasure.” 
 Zach turned his back to the bar as she walked away and glanced at the door. When he saw her walk in, he had to check his mouth for drool. Maybe it was the way her long dress hugged her curves or it was she her shoulders. She had the gait of a queen and that was just as attractive as her curly honey brown hair. Southern girl, he thought as she headed toward the bar. The restaurant was packed, which made he hope that she was going to sit at the bar. And she did. Only it wasn’t as close to him as he’d wanted. But he was able to drink in the brown skin woman’s beauty. As he watched her lips while she talked to the bartender, Zach tried to remember the last time he’d made love to a woman. Looking at this woman made him want to change that right now. 
 Granted, after all of the drama with Natalie, Zach had taken a vow of chastity — in New York. But this wasn’t New York and the game had changed. 
 She glanced his way and — did she just roll her eyes at him? So much for Southern hospitality, he thought never taking his eyes off her pretty toes. He was a man with a minor foot fetish and she had the feet of a goddess. That pink polish on her toes reminded him of strawberries. 
 “Excuse me,” she said, her voice sounding melodic. “Will you please find something else to focus on?”
 “What?”
 “You’ve been sitting here staring at me as if you’ve never see a woman or you were just released from prison.”

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Introducing Soulmate by Deatri King-Bey

The heart of the Precious Jewels Security Agency, Pearl Nicolas’s life has become one undercover assignment after the next. Happy, yet jealous, that her sisters are finding their soulmates, Pearl reluctantly accepts there is no soulmate out there for her… Or is there?

 

Tariq Suárez Anzar’s life changed when he became a single father of a teen. When a possible drug ring is suspected on his daughter’s prep school campus, the Precious Jewels are called in to find out exactly what is going on. But Tariq discovers so much more—Pearl. From the first moment they met, everything within him screamed, “She is your soulmate!”

 

Timing would be perfect for Tariq to go after his soulmate except one tiny thing—his daughter is Pearl’s only lead in the case. Patient as much as he is determined, he will not let this once in a lifetime chance slip by to have the family he wants.

 

Available in: 

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Print: Coming soon

 

SAMPLE:

Amber had never been more right in her life! Pearl continued staring at the headshot of Tariq SuárezAznar in the Newton Academy’s staff gallery on the school’s website via her iPad. Teachers were not supposed to look like this. Had Professor Suárez been her math instructor, she wouldn’t have learned a thing from dreaming about him all day. 

 

Sincere hazel eyes to gaze into, strong facial features to admire, lips plump enough for kissing, short wavy hair to run her fingers over—if his body were half as nice, she’d never solve the case from drooling over the man.

 

Resisting the urge to conduct a background check on him, she turned off her tablet and put it away. He’d hired them and deserved his privacy. This was business. Plus a man like him had to be married. Then again, what would she do with a boring teacher anyway? Good looks be damned, she needed a man who could keep up with her. One whose lifestyle matched hers enough that they wanted to share their lives together. She wanted someone who didn’t exist—her soulmate.

 

Disheartened, she walked from the bench in the main office over to the bulletin board. Pep rally, fundraiser, Halloween party, volleyball game schedule, football game schedule, math club meetings, science club meeting… nothing out of the ordinary.

 

“Excuse me, Ms. Nicholas?”

 

That soft, sexy voice had to belong to the new star of her fantasies. Much calmer than she felt, she turned and smiled politely. “Yes. Oh, Mr. Suárez.” Following Spanish tradition, she said his middle name, which was his father’s family name. 

 

Appreciation burned in his bright eyes as he took her in from head to toe. She knew when a man was attracted to her, and Mr. Suárez definitely was. 

 

End Sample

 

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to introduce Soulmate. I appreciate it and you.

 

Deatri King-Bey

http://www.DeatriKingBey.com