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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!
Buy the book: Barnes and Noble 
                       Amazon
                       Between The Lines Bookstore (My favorite book seller!)
                       Park Road Books (Charlotte's Favorite Book Store and my other favorite book seller!)

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


Buy Links - Amazon: http://amzn.to/1GewH4U
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1PuVO5L
Smashwords: http://bit.ly/1MDEbzT


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,