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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

"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

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.