Writer’s Paradise

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The location is Miami Florida, South Beach to be exact. I’m sitting comfortably in a condo with my laptop and feet propped up. The latest story I’m writing is spilling out of me so fast my fingers can barely keep up.  The music is soft R & B, preferably Pleasure P, Jeremih, and Alicia Keys.  My story is taking character’s into places that will be hard for them to get out of.  Love, passion, obsession, and drama spill out on to the pages.  I’m in writers paradise.  My scene is set and I can go nowhere but to the end of this story from here.  Some places are perfect for writing while some complicate the art.  This setting would be my ideal location for creating a great story. Of course I could write just about anywhere especially when the story decides to come at anytime.

As a writer if I could pick my environment every time I wrote I would start with South Beach.  I more than likely wouldn’t move from that spot for a while. However, my next couple of stories are coming from the comfort of my own home. #TheKeysToMySoul is a romantic suspense that goes above and beyond the normal romance story.  The main female character Cassandra is in over her head but she’s so blinded by love she doesn’t see the storm coming and really she doesn’t care.  Cassandra is willing to go through that storm and fight it if she has to. Catch a teaser below;

 “Listen sweetheart,” Jackie placed her fingers under her daughters chin and lifted her head. “He’s a married man. You have to let him go. He doesn’t belong to you.” She said.

“But I belong to him,” Cassandra said. “I can’t let him go; everything that I am belongs to him my mind, my body, my heart. I am his slave, I don’t know if you call this love but whatever it is I’m in it and there’s no way I could ever leave him alone.

“You should never let someone have that much control over you. Get a grip of yourself!” Jackie said.

“But he does control me mama. He holds the keys to my soul.”

Yeah it gets real.  This story is apart of The Lunch Break Series which is a series of different short stories presented for your reading pleasure.  If you’re like me you like to read no matter where you are.  You could be on your lunch break.  The Lunch Break series gives you the opportunity to read a full story from beginning to end during that lunch break hour so you can feed your need to read.  Also coming up is #MistakenIdentity This is a full novel that will debut at the Black Writers and Book Clubs Literacy Festival Saturday September 20, 2014 where I will be a participating author.  To find out more about this event check out http://bwabcliteracyfestival.com/stephanie-norris/

If you’re a writer where is your favorite place to write? If you’re a reader what’s your favorite place to sit back and enjoy a good book?

Trouble In Paradise Series Review

Well it’s that time again! For Better and Worse part 3 of Trouble In Paradise will be out soon and to gear up for it’s debut I’m having a series review.  This event will be held on Facebook’s event page wall.  This will be another fun filled event with giveaways of course!  To give you a little back ground on Trouble In Paradise. It is my debut novel released in 2012.  It is the first book in my romantic suspense series.

Synopsis; Victoria is thankful for a lot of things- Joshua, the love of her life, a career change that starts a new chapter, and a condo in the suburbs of Chicago Illinois. Her jaw drops when she opens the garage and finds a brand new Cadillac wrapped in a huge bow. She is ecstatic and ready for the next steps towards her future. This is Victoria’s fresh beginning.

When Victoria and Joshua start their journey things take a turn for the worse. Victoria finds out her nemesis and Joshua’s ex, Danielle Shumaker has flown to Chicago to try to get Joshua back. Victoria is determined to win this fight, when she finds out Joshua has secrets of his own. Distraught, confused, and feeling the sting of betrayal she falls into the arms of another. When emotions run high and desire digs deep Victoria finds herself caught up in Trouble.

Are You Ready For The Easiest Contest Ever!!

During the event we will discuss this story in detail and find out your likes and dislikes about characters and scenario’s played out in the story.  We might even have guest characters in attendance.  That should be very exciting. Upon completion of this part of the discussion we will move right into Vengeful Intentions which is part 2 of Trouble In Paradise. Both of these books are out and available on ebook and/or paperback on Amazon.com. A little bit about Vengeful Intentions.

Synopsis; After serving eight long months in jail and becoming obsessed with the woman who put her there Danielle Shumaker is released when the evidence held against her comes up missing. With Victoria clouding her mind with thoughts of revenge Danielle is caught off guard when someone wants to make her pay for past transgressions. Not needing the added drama Victoria is still torn between her feelings toward Greg and her undying love for Joshua. With new knowledge that Danielle has been released from jail; Victoria is stunned knowing Joshua has not been honest with her. Things get hotter when Joshua catches wind of Victoria’s affair and Caroline wants her husband back by any means necessary. Will this love story end in tragedy or will these couples learn to forgive and forget? Find out in part II of Trouble In Paradise.

Countdown To The Release Contest!

As intense as this book cover looks the story is much more intense. I’m so excited about the release of part three and the book cover will be unveiled during the event. At that time I will announce the rules for the biggest contest I’ve ever done and the prize associated with it. For those who don’t know, I often do giveaways with my subscribers only so if you are not subscribed to my newsletter now’s the time subscribe here. To join this event find it here.  Have you read the Trouble In Paradise series? If so are you pumped about part 3?

An the winners are…

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Saturday April 26, 2014 we had a ball during the release of my new story Broken. The event was hosted on a Facebook event page wall and there were a lot of giveaways. First of all Marissa Palmer who is the author of the Lost In Bliss series was hosting the event with yours truly because her story was also being released on the same day. Marissa writes up under the pen Name Janae M. Robinson. The name was inspired by her three kids Ke’Asha Janae (Janae), Michael (M.), and Breanna Robinson (Robinson). What a unique way to come up with a pen name right? You can find her books on Amazon. So as the event went on we played games and gave challenges for our guest to win gifts. This post is to give a special shout out to those winners.

 

Congratulations! Ikia Hennings, Tekela Howard, Me’Tova Hollingsworth the winner of our subscriber only contest, and Arlena Gordon Dean the winner of our bonus giveaway! They were our top winners for the contest and giveaways.  There prizes included ebook giveaways and Amazon or Barnes & Nobles gift cards! giveawayIt was a good event and we had a great time.  My favorite part was the challenge questions some of you had me crying laughing!  Besides the primary giveaways every reader who attended the event got a free $99 cent ebook just for being there!  If you were there and you didn’t get yours contact me by commenting on this post or through Facebook.  In the meantime get ready for the next release it’s one a lot of you have all been waiting for.  For Better and Worse Part 3 of Trouble In Paradise and I guarantee it’s a PAGE TURNER!  Sign up for my newsletter you never know what kind of contest or giveaways I will send out next!

 

 

Open Marriage Anyone?

 

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Recently I saw something that caught my attention about being in an open marriage and I must say the idea was interesting. What would be the benefit in being in an open marriage I wonder?  In my youthful days (when I didn’t know any better) I found that having more than one partner, boo, boyfriend, or whatever you want to call it was exciting at the time but only ended up with someone getting their feelings hurt.  More times than not that someone was me!  Okay, so it’s understandable that a person would have the urge or need to share experiences with different people but isn’t that what friends are for?  Yes I know, friends can only share so much but how much of yourself are you really willing to share?

As I ponder on this I must say nothing is always good.  Nothing is ever perfect and a lot of the time you may find yourself disappointed.  This of course is when it comes to relationships.  We all crave to have someone special in our life.  However, once we’re with this person for so long we start to crave for something new.  I do believe it’s all about the new.  Open marriages must be open to try and keep the ‘spice’ in the relationship so to speak. Although this is an interesting concept once the fun is done the emotional side effects are on full blast.  Let’s look at a different side of ‘spice’ for a minute.

Role play, it has to be the safest method to spice up a relationship with ‘different people’ so to speak without the strain on the relationship once the emotions set in.  My husband and I love this method because we can pretend we are Kimberly and Jason (insert laugh here).  We’ll take our role plays as far as a billiards club remove our rings and pretend we’re single meeting each other for the first time.  I’ll play a little hard to get but of course he never gives up and the experience leads to a little spice, romance, four play, and more. This has to be the most healthy yet productive way to keep the relationship a blaze.  You should try it.  In the meantime let me know.  Are you up for being in an open marriage or is role play more your forte?

BWABC Participating Author

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Calling all Memphis Tennesseans and surrounding areas! I will be participating in a book festival in September and it will be my first time in this type of event.   This should be exciting.  Along with me will be my mini street team which includes my hubby Patrick…winshape (we were rock climbing and he thought this hat on my head was so funny and it was so not.) and my sister April Break Up to Make Up who is an Interior Designer at Sublime Design Home we will be having a good time for this event.  As of right now I have two full novels published and two short stories, however at the time of the festival I will have three full novels.  Part one, two, and three of Trouble In Paradise and possibly a Stand-a-lone title “Mistaken Identity”.  Currently my short stories are only available for digital download but hey anything’s possible right.  I may just have some of those with me also.  Getting prepared for this festival has been fun.  There will be three awesome prizes to win along with swag bag giveaways to all of my mailing list subscribers and Facebook friends who come out to see me!  Everyone loves a good prize right?

 The BWABC (Black Writers And Book Clubs) Literacy Festival is an annual festival promoting literacy by connecting authors with avid readers and book clubs.  It is held annually during National Literacy Month.

 

WHEN: September 20, 2014

WHERE: Hilton Hotel, 939 Ridge Lake Boulevard

 TIME:

10 A.M-5 P.M

If you’re a Book Club you can register for free by going to

http://bwabcliteracyfestival.com/book-clubs-registration/

If you’re an Author there are still slots available register here

Hope to see you there!

 

The Lunch Break Series

Here comes another drama filled read from Love Is A Drug, Ink available Saturday April 26, 2014.

Relationships always start out rosy in the beginning, but they never last that way. At least this is what Marissa thought as she watched Nathaniel preparing to go out to God knows where at 11 o’clock at night. What used to be love had turned into regret — to the point that Marissa often despised being around him. Sure, they’ve had their break-ups and their make-ups. But this relationship had grown stale, boring, and sometimes depressing, and Marissa wanted out.

Now Joe, on the other hand, was handsome, flirtatious, and older. He had Christian values and knew what he wanted out of life. Marissa couldn’t deny his obvious charm and magnetic pull towards her and she wanted to find out what being with him was like. However, being a Christian woman herself, her morals wouldn’t allow her to cheat on Nathaniel, even if their relationship was practically over. Or maybe she could get a taste just once. Nathaniel didn’t have to know, and God would forgive her, right? The struggle between knowing when a relationship has run its course or when it’s time to stand strong is real. Is the grass really greener on the other side?

Have you read the first story in The Lunch Break series?

Jasmine Johnson wants nothing more than to be swept off her feet by classmate and cutie Maurice Desmon Jones. Everything about him, from his obvious confidence to his charisma, makes her melt like ice cream on a sundae cone.

One day, someone threatens to challenge her for his affection and Jasmine goes into a jealous rage, unable to control her emotions. Obsession sends her over the edge and there is no turning back. In the eye of a brewing storm, she has to come up with a clever way to get out of the catastrophe she has created and she won’t give up, even if she has to die trying.

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The Lunch Break series is not a series of the same story written in parts, it is a series of different short stories, packed with the romance, drama, and suspense that you’re used to reading in my books. The Lunch Break series is only available on e-book. Once you get a taste, you will want to read again and again. Read them on your lunch break, on the train ride home, on the bus, in the back seat of a car, in a waiting room, on the beach, or on an airplane. Wherever you go you are guaranteed to feed your need to read. The series was created to give people who don’t have time to read a full novel the opportunity to get their read on and still be fulfilled the same as if they were reading a full novel. This series was also created with avid readers in mind that have not yet sampled my books and would like to get a peek at my reading style before investing in a full story. Sit back, chill out and enjoy! Tell me what you think about the lunch break series. Which story have you read? Leave your comments below!

To check out more books in the Lunch Break series, visit Amazon.com or BN.com