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Sunday, December 24, 2017

50 years of the best Christmas romance ever

December 24, 1967
A wounded Vietnam veteran married the love of his life in her mother’s living room.
That man was my dad and that woman was my mother.

Three kids and 50 years later, my sister pulled off a miracle of all miracles. She kept a secret from both of them and we celebrated their 70th birthday and 50 year anniversary. I’m still not sure how she hid it, since the building we used is the one right outside of the park named after my dad. Then there was the gathering of the pictures for the video. My mother is not a fan of people taking her old pictures without asking more questions than the FBI and CIA.
And somehow we got my dad to put on a suit that day, when he said, "I'm comfortable in my leisure clothes." You might be wondering why I haven't written this story.
Two reasons. First, my mama told me no.
And secondly, books come to an end and this story is going to keep going and going. That's the magic of getting married on Christmas Eve.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

It's Beginning to Read a lot like Christmas Part 7 . . .

This post is my Christmas love letter to the one and only, Brenda Jackson.
Thank you for Coop. Yes, Coop made my holiday and it isn't even Christmas yet. Coop is the book boyfriend we all deserve. And it's a Christmas story.

The story I'm talking about is His Secret Son. 
Three nights with a Texan…and one pregnancy surprise! Only from New York Times bestselling author Brenda Jackson!

The Texas rancher and navy SEAL who fathered Bristol Lockett’s son died a hero’s death…or so she was told. Yet when Laramie “Coop” Cooper strolls into her exhibit at an art gallery three years later, he’s very much alive—and still making her pulse zing. The all-consuming chemistry between them is as undeniable now as it was then, but Bristol won’t risk her heart—or their son’s. Little does Bristol know he’s determined to win over his unexpected family at any cost!

With a snowy New York and Paris background, this story takes you on a romantic journey of passion, family and hot sex. HOT. SEX.

Thank you, Brenda Jackson! You made my Christmas with this story right here! 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

It's beginning to read a lot like Christmas Part 6 . . .

Ever wonder what Christmas was like for our grandparents, great-grandparents and the like? Thankful, there are some historical Christmas stories that allows us to look in on history! And there are some classic Christmas romances that you have to read year after year!

A Season For Family and Friends

The year is 1886, and it's Christmastime in the small enclave of Ridgeway, California. As the town gathers at the Taylor Hotel for the first Ridgeway Holiday Social, memories are shared, secrets are revealed, and new attractions are discovered.

Family is Everything
Ricardo and Lilly Benigno have journeyed by ship to his home in Barcelona, to introduce their son Leo to his Spanish roots. For Ricardo's parents, meeting their first grandchild is a delight beyond compare- but old wounds still exist between Ricardo and his elder brother, Hernando.

A Secret to Tell
Back home in Ridgeway, Prudence is keeping a secret from her husband, the Reverend Derrick Emerson. Between keeping their home, chasing after their young daughter Chloe Grace, and helping take care of the needs of their parishioners, she's hardly sure of when she'll have the time to tell him what's on her mind-but the Christmas social presents the perfect opportunity.

A Choice to Make
Sheriff Noah Rogers and his wife Valerie are still in the throes of newlywed bliss, and are looking forward to finding every sprig of mistletoe the staff at the Taylor hotel has hung. Watching little Abraham grow up makes Valerie long for another child- but will Noah agree, when he has his eye on the mayor's seat?

 Four wish lists. Two holiday stories. The most wonderful time of the year.

I'll Be Home for Christmas by Beverly Jenkins 

Three years ago, Broadway star Dina Caldwell and celebrity chef Morgan Caldwell were passionately in love. Now America's onetime favorite couple are about to be reunited in Morgan's Detroit hometown for the holidays. Is this the season for forgiving and forgetting? With sizzling kisses under the mistletoe, Morgan vows to make this a Christmas Dina will never forget!

Second Chance Christmas by Elaine Overton 

Diana Rogers is ready for some holiday R & R. Until Robert Fenton comes home for Christmas. The handsome, powerful hotelier has plans to take over her beloved family winery. But this is the season for miracles. And Diana's seductive ex-lover has his own secret wish list—one that includes a second chance with the woman he's never stopped loving.

Sojourner Falls is in trouble

…For two-hundred years, Sojourner Falls has been a safe haven for African-Americans looking to escape the ills of racism. The once lively town used to boast of joyous times and festive holidays, but after years of bad economic downfalls and low tourist turnouts, the town is going under. 

When corporate attorney Blade Martyn gets a call from his older brother to come back home to Sojourner Falls, his first thought was to say hell no, as he had been saying for the last twelve years. But things were different this time around. Blade couldn’t put his finger on it, but something strong was tugging at him to come back home. 

Grace Bellamy only has one thing on her mind: saving Sojourner Falls. So when Blade Martyn comes gallivanting in to save the day, she has no intention of falling for the man who had come to steal Christmas like his name was the Grinch. 
Together, Blade, Grace and the rest of Sojourner Falls must figure out a way to save the town before it’s too late. However, Blade and Grace must first address the explosive connection that threatens to take them from frenemies to lovers. 

Have yourself a sexy little holiday…

Overtime Love by Beverly Jenkins 

Drew Davis's goal is to buy the semipro football team where he is general manager. But the owner's grandaughter, Tasha Bloom, unexpectedly inherits it first. Still, Drew's not brokenhearted, since their mutual passion for football runs second only to their attraction to each other. But can the team and their budding romance make it to the New Year's Day championship?

Ex-mas Reunion by Kayla Perrin 

Kendra Harris and Damien Monroe had a summer fling years ago. Now fate has left them stranded together at the airport during a winter snowstorm. Sharing a rental car makes sense if they want to get home for Christmas. And so does sharing a hotel room…and a bed. Because sometimes the one that got away is the only one you ever wanted.…

A Holiday Affair by Maureen Smith 

Over the holidays, Atlanta attorney Ava Cameron is dumped, depressed…and primed for a one-night stand with sexy stranger Colby Austin. How is she to know he will end up being opposing counsel on a major case—and the best mistake she has ever made?

Monday, December 4, 2017

It's Beginning to Read a lot like Christmas Part 5 . . .

On the Seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a new book by Piper Hugley!

A beautiful woman with secrets comes to Noelle to confront a powerful person with the truth...and only six days left to save the town.

Avis Smith is willing to go to Noelle to marry a man she doesn’t know in order to avenge a fourteen year wrong--her abandonment to a life of misery and abuse when she was just six years old. In order to get to Noelle, she has to lie about who she is, but her thirst for vengeance is so strong, she transforms herself into the pious, beautiful bride that JD Jones wants. Still, she never expected to be abandoned at the altar. 

His work as an abolitionist and fighter for justice will not allow storekeeper Liam Fulton to turn his back on the beautiful woman his archenemy is willing to leave at the altar. He figures a way to help Avis out of her predicament, offers to showcase her in his store so that other potential grooms in Noelle will see her and might want to marry the young woman with the long and elegant neck. 

When swans mate, they mate for life. When Liam offers to help Avis, he never expects that in working with her to find a resolution to her problem, he discovers a fierce need to protect her. Avis doesn’t know that she might find something better than what she was looking for--a new way to a family and bonds of a strong and life-long lasting love.

It’s no mystery why veterinarian Callie Webber is having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit. When the residents of her small hometown aren’t pitying her because of her ex-husband’s very public departure, they’re attempting to hook her up with a man…any man. Fed up with being everyone’s favorite charity case, Callie considers closing her animal clinic and moving to the big city. But, before she goes, she decides to give herself a Christmas treat to remember: a romantic holiday fling. And who better to have a fling with than the gorgeous newcomer who is turning heads around Maplesville? 

When injured Navy pilot Stefan Sutherland reluctantly rescues a gutter cat for the sake of his five-year-old nephew, he never imagined it would lead to him discovering Maplesville’s most fascinating attraction…its smoking hot vet. Getting involved with a woman was the last thing Stefan anticipated when he agreed to care for his nephew during his Army nurse sister’s deployment, but if he’s going to spend the holidays in this sleepy Southern town, why not make the most of it with the perfect holiday fling.

This is a novella of approximately 28,000 words.

Ever since he accidentally outed Santa as a fraud, guest news anchor Duke Rodriguez is getting his first taste of bad press. Worse yet, the former baseball star is striking out with sexy decorator Macy Cuomo. To prove he's no grinch, he offers to work for free during her busiest weekend. A vibrant, down-to-earth single mom, Macy makes Duke want to leave the limelight behind and focus on making all of her sensual fantasies come true. 
Despite his festive faux pas, Macy has to admit there's a good reason Duke is every hot-blooded woman's secret crush—hers included. Behind the famously gorgeous physique is a smart, charismatic man who lights her up like a Christmas tree with just one sizzling kiss. Opposites definitely attract, but when celebrity drama comes calling, will their budding love survive the holiday season?

Vanessa Harrison's holiday spirit goes from humdrum to armed and dangerous when the filmmaker becomes an eyewitness to a crime. Spirited away to a Caribbean hideout for her safety, she isn't prepared for her instant attraction to gorgeous, take-no-prisoners FBI agent Kendrick Boudreaux. On Pleasure Island—where every sensual fantasy is fulfilled—her vow to never trust another man melts in the heat of Kendrick's sizzling embrace. 
Kendrick must keep Vanessa safe. But in his protective arms, desire ignites, and soon they're giving in to their deepest passions. Now he's determined to turn their days of pleasure into a lifetime of bliss. Until a shocking revelation threatens their future together, forcing Kendrick to choose between his career and the woman he has come to cherish….

Friday, December 1, 2017

It's Beginning to Read a lot like Christmas Part 4 . . .

And this Christmas will be a very special Christmas to read! Get some books and have some joy! There's enough love for every girl and boy!

How long will you wait for the love of your life to say yes?
Pearl Lassiter disgraced her parents while in high school. She vowed never to disappoint them again. She’s excelled in life even becoming one of the most recognized women in the country as Press Secretary to the President of the United States. The life she always wanted is hers…until a certain doctor proposes to her…. twice.

Dr. Theodore Prentiss is the product of a bi-racial marriage and proud of it. He openly embraces both of his parent’s heritages and is very proud of his accomplishments. The path he thought was firmly set changes on a snowy night when he meets a vixen with a mean crowbar.

Their lives are filled with possibilities if Theo can get Pearl to believe in the magic of love. 

Simple right…NOT

She’s a Democrat. He’s a Republican. Will the political divide keep these star-crossed lovers from forming a united front? 

A Lassiter Novella

Ruby Lassiter has spent her life taking care of others. Helping to raise her siblings took all her time and energy. Now they are grown, some married with children and all living their lives. Ruby is now thirty-seven years old, experiencing empty nest syndrome. No she never married and has no children of her own. What is she supposed to do with her life now? 

Devin Upton moved back home to settle his father’s estate. Taking over his father’s business was one thing. Fulfilling his father’s dying request was another. It was up to him to find the right person to bring the plan to fruition. At thirty-eight, never married and no children, love was the last thing on his mind. 

An angry woman bursting through the door and literally knocking him to his knees changed that. 

Christmas magic is in the air. Love is all around. Anything…anything can happen when red slippers are involved. 

Tis the season for everlasting love…

All Devon Granger wants for Christmas is a peaceful, low-key escape to his North Carolina coastal hometown far from LA. But how is the injured Hollywood action star supposed to rest with Hadley Monroe tending to his every need? His caring childhood friend has blossomed into a stunning, self-possessed woman who’s making her amorous feelings known…and lighting a fire Devon has no interest in putting out.

As the youngest in a family of overprotective brothers, Hadley has to work twice as hard to prove herself. The heiress to the Monroe real estate dynasty plans to transform Sapphire Shores while preserving its small-town charm—a vision she shares with Devon. Until the media and Hollywood camera crews descend on the beachfront community, putting their love to the ultimate test. With suspicion and mistrust dividing them, will Hadley and Devon ring in the New Year…together?

All you need this Christmas are these sizzling stories full of love and a touch of holiday magic… 

Just for the Holidays by Nana Malone 

Justin Morrison would do anything to make his ailing grandmother happy. Even if that means inventing a fake girlfriend to take home for the holidays. His best friend, Alex Winters, reluctantly agrees, but it's not easy to keep her long-buried feelings for Justin under wraps when they're sharing a room…a bed…a kiss. Christmas in Catalina is turning out to be hotter than anyone expected, but is theirs a love for all seasons? 

His Holiday Gift by Reese Ryan 

Pleasure Cove's prodigal son just got the ultimate Christmas surprise—Madison, his five-year-old daughter he knew nothing about. Maddie's aunt, Mikayla Mitchell, was once one of Dash Williams's best friends…and his secret admirer. Now, seeing the sexy, ambitious lawyer with his little girl, Mikayla's more smitten than ever. And Dash is starting to realize Mikayla's the only one who could make his days merry and bright, and fill his nights with bliss…

Thursday, November 30, 2017

It's beginning to read a lot like Christmas Part 3 . . .

 It's Christmas time in Hollis, Queens. Mom's cooking chicken and collard greens. You know what else you need to ring in the Christmas season? These books, boo!

Check out today's offering of Holi-reads!

A historical holiday story of homecoming and second-chance romance by NAACP Image Award Nominee, Beverly Jenkins.

In 1883, Lydia Cooper is happily traveling back home to celebrate the simple joys of the holidays when an unexpected complication appears in the all-too-distracting form of Gray Dane, the man she loved as a girl; the man she left behind. Gray, a soldier, is finally returning home too. Seeing Lydia after fifteen years reignites all the temptations from years ago…and also the pain and regret.

But as Lydia and Gray make their way home together, they get a chance to mend the past, and rediscover the joy, trust —and passion — of before; to realize that love isn’t just sweeter the second time around, it’s downright decadent.

This novella was previously published in Gettin’ Merry, A Holiday Anthology 

“Jenkins’s dialogue crackles ...” –Publishers Weekly

“Her stories are delicious and always leave behind both feelings of satisfaction and want...for her next novel.” –Fresh Fiction

“Jenkins is a gifted storyteller who knows how to bring special spark and sass to romance.” –Romantic Times BOOKclub

But Lee Madaris isn't letting anyone else control his destiny. He'll bring a bride of his own choosing to the family's holiday gathering—if his hotel's gorgeous new chef will agree to a marriage of convenience.
It's not just the chance to work at the Strip's hottest hotel that brought Carly Briggs to Vegas. Witnessing a crime in Miami may have made her a mob target. Though she's reluctant to complicate their working relationship, Lee's tempting offer is so hard to resist. And soon, desire is clouding their no-strings arrangement.
The danger that made Carly flee Miami is about to land at their door. So Carly and Lee must decide who to trust, when to let go—and whether a love they never anticipated is strong enough to pass the ultimate test.

Sealed With A Kiss Celeste O. Norfleet
Small town bad boy Dean Everett has made good in the tech world and now struggling Hayden, Georgia, is ready to welcome him home—along with his corporate headquarters. But Carmen Stiles is less than happy to see him. Dean had no idea he broke her heart when he left town after high school. Now he plans to make up for it—and as old friendship stirs new passion, Carmen just might let him—until she suspects he has no intention of really making things right for Hayden, or for her….
Mistletoe Lane Regina Hart
Benjamin Brooks’s marriage ended when he learned his wife was having an affair—with his boss. Now he’s returned to Trinity Falls to start a new job—and ignore Christmas. Too bad his new employee, June Cale, won’t let him. June knows all about bitterness, and she’s determined to help Ben heal—through embracing the holidays. And soon he just might find himself embracing brave and beautiful June as well….
His Christmas Present Deborah Fletcher Mello
Bianca Torres is already dreading Christmas with her parents in tiny Boone, North Carolina. But she’s not at all prepared for her father’s golf buddy, the sexy, successful, holiday-loving, aptly named Ethan Christmas. And when she and Ethan find themselves snowbound, Bianca discovers a whole new appreciation for the season…

It's beginning to read a lot like Christmas Part 2 . . .

Sleigh bells bring some glad, glad news! Christmas and New Year's are the time to read some great books. Have you had a chance to check out these stories? Here are today's offerings for you Holiday reads!

The ultimate prize this Christmas… 

Former beauty queen Waverly Leverve can barely show her face in public after an embarrassing meme goes viral. But now fate and a misdelivered pizza have brought her dreams back to life. Gorgeous bad boy turned business mogul Dominic Crowne wants to sponsor Waverly in a pageant scheduled for Christmas Eve. Waverly vows to keep their arrangement purely professional—but soon their arrangement quickly takes a sensual turn… 

Dominic knows that his golden touch can fix almost anything—including Waverly's tilted tiara. Against his own will, Dominic is mesmerized with his stunning new client. He's falling for the pageant princess and the vulnerable yet sexy woman within. But when Waverly's ultimate goal finally comes within reach, can he help her achieve professional redemption and find his Princess Charming under the mistletoe?

Have Yourself A Merry Tempting Holiday… 

'Twas the Season by Kimberly Kaye Terry 

Overworked Nikki Danes is giving herself the perfect gift—a guilt-free affair with her firm's gorgeous temp. But Max Hardaway isn't exactly who he claims to be. And if he gets his holiday wish, their steamy night will be the first of many…. 

Mistletoe in Memphis by Pamela Yaye 

Essence Sinclair needs to land the holiday catering contract for Lincoln Davenport's company…almost as much as she wants the sexy exec himself. When Lincoln glimpses the sensual chef, he's sure all his Christmas dreams have come true at once. Will this be a holiday fling—or magic that's made to last? 

Second-Chance Christmas by Farrah Rochon 

The last time Ayana Taylor saw Jackson Richards, he broke her teenage heart. Now he's the best man at her brother's Christmas wedding. And Jackson hopes to earn her forgiveness and her love—one smoldering kiss at a time….

It’s a Christmas love affair for Bliss and Marc if their past doesn’t rip them apart.

When Bliss is summoned home to help her mother with the family’s Christmas traditions, she puts her fast-paced life on hold, because what’s a girl to do?
Marc isn’t fond of the holidays. His paralyzed life suits him just fine. He likes living in the numbness.

A Jenkins Family Novella

Carolyn Jenkins has never had a problem getting a man, but keeping one is another story. After two failed marriages and numerous short-term relationships, she’s ready to wave the white flag and give up on love. Yet, with Christmas quickly approaching, she dreads spending the holiday alone. Will a chance encounter with a handsome stranger make all of her Christmas wishes come true?

After thirty years of a nearly perfect marriage, widower Lincoln Richwood struggles to move on with his life. The idea of dating at his age seems daunting … until he meets the vivacious Carolyn Jenkins. Normally a straitlaced kind of guy, there’s just something about the woman that tempts him to walk on the wild side.

Opposites attract, but will their differences derail their relationship and keep them from embracing the love they both desire?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

It's beginning to read a lot like Christmas. . .

It's that time of the year. Chestnuts are roasting, Donny Hathaway is on repeat. It's the holidays! And there are so many love stories that capture the magic of the season. Over the next few weeks, allow me to flood your world with some of these amazing stories.
For today's offering, check out these titles!

Make your heart merry and unwrap these delightful stories of seasonal romance . . .
When Navy SEAL Captain Noah Crawford and elementary school teacher Sierra Nelson meet on a plane headed east from San Diego, they’re glad to pass the time in friendly conversation. But when a freak storm grounds them, Sierra offers Noah a place to spend the night—with her extended family, all of whom assume they’re a couple. And as the holiday spirit infuses every moment they spend together, they both begin to wonder if a relationship is a special gift they didn’t expect . . .
Kayla Matthews isn’t looking forward to heading home this Christmas. Divorced and struggling, nothing has turned out the way she expected—including her childhood friend, DeShawn Carter. Now the high school principal, he’s also the kind of man she’s always dreamed about. But before the holidays are over, Kayla has a chance to reclaim everything she once thought she wanted—or prove to DeShawn that they have a second chance worth celebrating . . .
Celebrity stylist Maya Malone can’t find anything joyous about the season, not since her ex-fiancé left her on Christmas Eve. But one look at suave, sexy sports agent Marc Cunningham is almost enough to change her mind. Their instant attraction feels like the best sort of present, except for one very large obstacle—Maya’s NFL star big brother, Marc’s new client. It will take more than holiday spirit to convince everyone involved that Marc and Maya’s connection will make the angels sing . . .

’Tis the season to satisfy your holiday desires with this festive trio of sexy stories…
A GIFT OF LOVE Donna Hill 
Drama professor Traci Long spends her free time at the CoffeeMate café, pursuing her true passion—writing her own plays. Meanwhile, sexy barista Noah Jefferson is doing his best to distract her. But once they get involved, past betrayals make Traci wary. She’s right that Noah is keeping something from her—but it might be something that will make this Christmas as sweet as a rave review—and steamier than her favorite chai latté…
A Christmas-time tragedy took photographer Miranda Lawson’s holiday spirit with it. Since then, she’s traveled the world, determined to outrun her demons. This year she’s off to Istanbul. But the scenery isn’t the only gorgeous site she spots through her camera lens….Kyle Daniels loves Christmas, but he’s looking for escape too—and soon he and Miranda find it in each other’s arms. Yet their connection doesn’t end there. Maybe staying put isn’t such a bad idea after all—especially when there’s someone to celebrate with…
Unstoppable real-estate developer Ross Montgomery is under orders to get some holiday R&R. A cruise to Miami on his yacht, “The Serenity,” is the perfect place to start—especially when he meets his new personal chef, Essie Bradford. Between her calming presence, her amazing food, and her delectable beauty, Ross just might develop a taste for the good life. And when the two discover they have a lot in common—including an irresistible attraction—the next course may be a spicy New Year…

Heat up the winter nights with this trio of sexy, festive stories. 

A Promise For The Holiday Donna Hill

Devastated by her divorce, Cara Holiday vowed never to be vulnerable again. Now she's a wildly successful real estate broker, and wildly lonely. Restaurateur Mitch Davis has had his eye on her, but can't break the ice--until he cooks up a scheme to hire her. Soon Cara is enjoying his company--and secretly drawing out the process of selling his house. When their deceptions collide, will their blossoming relationship make it to the holidays? 

A Sexy Christmas Carol Zuri Day

After years of travel working for a pop diva, Carol Robbins has moved back to Detroit in time for the holidays. She's bought a home and bonded with her family. As for romance, she's got no prospects--until she attends a VIP party and makes a surprising love connection. Soon she's torn between her old "big life," her hopes for the future--and one man who may give her the greatest gift of all. . .

Christmas Surprise Cheris Hodges

Tired of coming second to her wealthy husband's career, Lola Yvonne Joseph is sending him a very special gift this year: divorce papers. Then she's leaving Miami for the kind of wintery white Christmas she's always wanted. She definitely does not expect Jonathan to track her down, whisk her away, and do everything possible to win her back. If he succeeds, Lola has one more surprise in store for him. . .

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

I have questions. . .

I was on Twitter yesterday, before all of the election results came in, and came across a link that has me questioning publishing and the gate keepers. 

What did you see, you ask? 
This shitAnother rejection for another novel, another, longer quote from a legendary editor:The characters, especially the main character, just do not seem Asian enough. They act like everyone else. They don’t eat Korean food, they don’t speak Korean, and you have to think about ways to make these characters more ’ethnic,’ more different. We get too much of the minutiae of [the characters’] lives and none of the details that separate Koreans and Korean-Americans from the rest of us. For example, in the scene when she looks into the mirror, you don’t show how she sees her slanted eyes, or how she thinks of her Asianness.
Huh? Now, this is from an article written by author Leonard Chang. Not only is Chang an author, he's a TV writer for a show you may have seen, Justified.  And here's his cred:
Leonard Chang was born in New York City and studied philosophy at Dartmouth College and Harvard University. He received his MFA from the University of California at Irvine, and is the author of four previous novels: The Fruit 'N Food, Dispatches from the Cold, Over the Shoulder, and Underkill. He was recently the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Mills College and is on the faculty at Antioch University's MFA Program in Los Angeles. His short stories have been published in literary journals such as Prairie Schooner and Confluence. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. 
Yet, some editor question the Asian-ness of his characters. This hit home for me because I had a white man question the blackness of my characters in Deadly Rumors.
These publishing gatekeepers or creepers —as I've started thinking of them —have me with a lot of questions.
1. Do you know anyone who isn't white?
2. How did you become an editor without reading something other that the white bread trash that has shaped your life?
3. Did you take any history classes at your high school other than American History with books that were written pre-Civil Rights movement?
4. Do you only learn about POC from movies and do you ask white authors to make their characters more white?

And while I'm on the subject of white authors and their characters, who are the flipping editors who thought a black woman would compare her complexion to a cockroach? Who are the editors who thought a black woman would think that she wasn't good enough for a rich white man because her mother was an addict? And who is the gotdamned editor who thought it was OK to write about finding a black baby in a trashcan?
These editors must talk to each other while watching episodes of Good Times and Fresh Off The Boat to determine what characters of color should be like in literature. Miss me with your bullshit.
It's time for us, the marginalized writers of the world, to take back our voice and tell our stories any fucking way we want. We are no longer going to write your stereotypical bullshit and the authors who do should be shunned!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok The rise of the women!

*Spoiler Alert-Who runs the world? Girls! (In my Beyonce Voice)
The last time we saw Thor, the God of Thunder, it is was in the clunky movie, Thor: The Dark World. 
In the latest movie, Thor is back and proves two things, men ain't shit and women run the world.
Now, I'm not going to give the entire movie away. But take note of this, women kick his ass the whole movie. And what makes it even sweeter is one of the women putting the smack down on Thor is a black woman. Valkyrie, played by the amazing Tessa Thompson, steps on the scene kicking ass, including Thor's. 
And she's drunk while doing it. Get it girl! 
I've decided, along with my movie partner Erica, that Tessa Thompson is living my BEST life. She got to kiss Michael B. Jordan in Creed and she had so much chemistry with Chris Hemsworth that it nearly melted the screen. We love and hate her at the same time. 
What made the Valkyrie character so amazing, as my friend K.D. King and I discussed at length, is that she is kick ass and doesn't need NO MAN to save her, but she's also willing to accept help. You just don't know how good it felt to see a woman of color on screen whooping ass and taking names. 
If you know me, you know I love super heroes and comic books and movies about them. This movie made me laugh and warmed my heart to see someone who looked like me doing what I think I can do in my mind. All hail Valkyrie! 
And on another level, Valkyrie is every black woman who works in corporate America with an mediocre man as a supervisor. Ain't no way he could do this shit without you! Go to work Monday and channel your inner Valkyrie. 
A weakness in Marvel movies, and trust me there aren't many, has been the villain. Not this time. Hela, played by Cate Blanchett, is the perfect evil woman who is not here for your bullshit. 

And she's going to do everything to get what she believes is hers and that means she's going to kick Thor and Loki's ass to do so. While I wasn't rooting for her, I wasn't mad at her for going HAM on Asgard. No spoilers here, but think about why Bernadine burned up John's shit in Waiting To Exhale. 

They brought it on themselves. 

And Hela, just like Valkryie, beat the hell out of Thor. Several times. She was evil, she was funny and she was a blood thirsty Goddess of Death who wasn't playing with you mofos! 
This is the super hero movie we've been waiting for. It's funny. And yes, it is OK for a super hero movie to be funny. It's action packed. And the Hulk steals the show. We're finally getting a Hulk that we'd want see in a solo movie. 
Go check out Thor: Ragnarok, you will not be disappointed!