For Better and Worse (Trouble In Paradise 3)

As I finally put the finishing touches on my book there is sigh of relief.  I’m excited, pumped actually this series has been a good one to write.  As a writer I not only create the characters and their emotions, I have to deal with them like the reader does.  Some characters get on my nerve like Danielle (the nemesis) but I still love them all in their own way.  Now I can let them speak for themselves and tell their story and I believe you will love it.  I write romance but I take pleasure in knowing that my stories aren’t your typical romance stories.  They come pact with much drama, thrills, suspense, obsession and restoration. So along with the new release comes, another round of contest/giveaways so make sure you are subscribed and connected to my newsletter.  Only readers who are subscribed can participate in this upcoming contest.  If you’ve never read the Trouble in Paradise series then you should get familiar with the characters. Subscribe to my youtube channel to see previous and present book trailers. Coming up this month I’m participating in a black writer’s and bookclubs literacy festival.  This event happens September 20, 2014 from 10am to 5pm.  This is the original release date for the paperback version of For Better and Worse but the fact is it maybe available sooner! Yay! As for the Kindle and Nook version they will be available September 27, 2014.  The Kindle version is available now for pre-order.

 

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Coming out of hibernation, Danielle Shumaker has put behind her the pain and misery she’s caused Victoria and Joshua. Blinded by her selfishness her ultimate goal is still her main one. As far as Danielle’s concerned Joshua belongs to her, always has and always will. No amount of therapy can cure her love addiction and no matter what anyone says she will fight for him, even if she has to kill someone AGAIN.

 Wedding bells are in Victoria and Joshua’s future, Victoria is excited to be Mrs. Eubanks. However, when she closes her eyes at night, Greg invades her dreams, the passion and love leaves her wanting more and waking with doubt about her upcoming marriage. How will she get over this man or does she even want to?

 

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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?

Spotlight on Author Audrey Ford

Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Ms. Ford was raised an Army brat. Moving from place to place made for a lifestyle of always having to make new friends. She found solace in reading and writing. As she lost herself in the many mysteries of Nancy Drew, Ms. Ford began to imagine her own stories coming to life.. From plays to short stories, anything that came to mind, came out in Ms. Ford’s writings. Like most teenagers, Ms. Ford’s interest in writing went dormant. The passion she had had for writing was reignited with the passing of her father and brother. Writing again was the release that she needed. She is looking forward to telling stories that people will want to read and enjoy.

Thank you for joining us today Ms. Ford we’re glad that you’re here. We’d like to take this time out to get to know more about you and the books you enjoy writing so much. Romance is our favorite genre so we are definitely looking forward to it. Now that we have you for a full segment let’s get right to it!

1.   What made you choose to write in the Genre that you write in?

I wanted to write a story that I had never read. I wanted to do something different from other authors. I wanted to write a book that would keep readers guessing, is it romance, general fiction, etc.

2.   What is your favorite thing about the writing experience and why?

I love getting lost in my characters. When I’m in a “zone” the writing can become like watching a movie. I love that I alone, control the destiny of my characters.

3.   What was the first moment you knew you wanted to write?

After I began to write in a journal I received for Christmas one year. I must have been twelve or thirteen at the time. I knew I had a gift when I started to embellish the things that I was writing about. LOL!

4.   How do you handle bad reviews

I received my first bad review a couple of months ago and was devastated, but then I realized very quickly that everyone is no going to like what I write.

5.   What book do you recommend everyone should read and why?

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. It is the most powerful piece of work I ever read and one of my favorites.

6.   Where is your favorite place to write?

Sitting in my over-sized chair in my living room, my feet up on my over-sized ottoman and listening to jazz, there is nothing better!

7.   When you write, do you write for a long period of time or do you write in short burst?

I have gone into a zone and work for 10 to 12 hours at one time without interruption. Once the story starts to move I go with it.

8.   Where did your inspiration for this book come from?

I thought of the women in my life who are and have done great things without any recognition, my mother, my grandmothers and aunts. I wanted to pay tribute to these great women in some way.

9.   Who is your favorite author and why?

It would have to be the late Francis Ray. She changed the way I read books. She shape the type of writer I wanted to be. I loved her writing style and I’m going to miss her books a great deal.

10.  What words of advice would you give to aspiring authors?

I believe that everyone has a story inside them, If its there, just write it. I wouldn’t worry about not having done it before. Just write!

11.  What is your favorite character in your book and why?

Wow, that’s like asking which of my children I love more, lol! I would have to say Veronica, she’s very complex and it was fun to see her evolve.

12.  What is your favorite scene from the book or why?

It would have to be the meeting between Chris and Veronica. It was a throwback to the Dallas, Dynasty and Falcon Crest confrontations. It was classy and stylish. The ladies take your breath and give back, only to take it away again.

13.  What is your favorite time of year?

Fall, it’s the time for romance. Fireplaces, hot apple cider and cuddling in front of the fire, having sweet hot things whispered in your ear. Ok I’m done..LOL!

14.  What is the most inspiring quote you have ever heard?

“You can’t go back and get yesterday” This quote inspires you to keep moving forward and not worry about what you should have done.

15.  What projects do you have planned for the future?

I’m looking forward to releasing the third novel of the Elite Sisterhood.

16.  Where can we find your books?

Amazon.com Kindle and Barnes & Noble.com

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Spotlight on Author Stacy Deanne

Stacy-Deanne (Dee-Anne) is a published novelist of crime fiction, mystery/​suspense, and romantic suspense with interracial subplots. She started writing professionally in 1997 when she was nineteen years old. Stacy grew up loving the suspense genre. Her idols are Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock. Her love for Psycho and many of his movies fueled her fire for suspense.

Stacy´s books include Everlasting (Simon and Schuster, 2007), Melody (Simon and Schuster, 2008), Giving up the Ghost (Peace in the Storm Publishing, 2011) and The Season of Sin (Peace in the Storm Publishing, 2012). Stacy’s books have been nominated for numerous awards.

Thank you Stacy for coming to hang out with us today. We will definitely have to take a look into your books. I personally love romance drama, and suspense novels for I am a sucker for love! Now that you’re here we have a few questions to ask you so let’s get right to it maam!

1.   What made you choose to write in the Genre that you write in?

I write mysteries and crime novels mixed with interracial romance.  My love for these genres comes from the heart. Since childhood I’ve always loved mysteries and suspense. I love the puzzles that these stories present. I love having to search for answers through twists and turns. I love suspense because it’s the element of excitement and tension. I write interracial romance because I’ve always had an interest in it. I’ve always been attracted to white guys and I believe that love does not have a color.

2.   What is your favorite thing about the writing experience and why?

I love writing itself of course. It makes me happy and I don’t think I could ever stop. I love being published because it allows me to share my work with the world. It’s amazing to not only create characters and a whole new world, but to share that with people all around the world. Authors and readers have a connection that can’t be replaced.

3.   How do you handle bad reviews?

I’ve been in the industry a long time and part of being a professional is to realize that not everyone will like my books or my style of writing. So I might get a bit gloomy if the review is tough, but I move on by remembering the people that enjoy my work. Authors gotta have a level of confidence and believe in themselves to make it in this business. One thing I would never do is respond to a bad review. I am totally against responding to reviews, especially bad ones. I wouldn’t want a reader to feel like I am ungrateful. A reader has a right to not like my book and comment on that just like I can do the same for books I read. I realize it’s nothing personal. They are critiquing my work, not me.

4.   When you write, do you write for a long period of time or do you write in short burst?

I usually write all during the day so I stop and start. I write according to how I feel. Sometimes I wanna write in big chunks, but most times I write constantly all day so I write in segments. I usually write two or three scenes at a time.

5.   What is your favorite character in your book and why?

Detective Brianna “Bree” Morris of my current series is my favorite. I’ve grown so close to her since beginning the series. Each time I write a new book starring her I feel like I learn a little more about her. I’ve grown close to her kind of like you would a real friend.

6.   What is your favorite scene from the book or why?

In the latest installment of the Bree and Steven series, The Wild Life, my favorite scene is the one where Bree confronts her estranged father, George. The reason it’s my favorite is because it’s so emotional.  Bree finally gets the chance to tell George how his absence has affected her as a person and a woman. The audience sees more into Bree and can understand why she makes the decisions she makes. It’s a very important scene and I think those that grew up without their father around will relate. This scene not only ties The Wild Life together but it answers questions from previous installments.

7.   What is the worse book you have ever read?

The Catcher in the Rye.  Ugh. I HATED Holden Caulfield. He was so arrogant and obnoxious. The fact that the story was told from his point of view is why I didn’t enjoy it. I also give The Catcher in the Rye the credit for why I don’t like first person books now. I read Catcher in the Rye in school and ever since then I have had a dislike for first person books. No offense to those who write them, but I haven’t read many I enjoyed. I find many first person books told from a character’s POV that’s either arrogant or uninteresting. That was the big issue with Holden. I feel like if you’re gonna do the first person POV then the character needs to be someone folks will wanna hang around with for an entire book.

8.   What is the best book you have ever read?

The Portrait of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. It’s one of the books that made me interested in suspense. Wilde does a brilliant job of giving up a well-rounded villain in Dorian Gray. I love villains that are three-dimensional and that you have to root for yet dislike at the same time. This is one of my favorite books ever. Dorian was such an intriguing character and Wilde does a wonderful job bringing us into Dorian’s treacherous world.

9.   What projects do you have planned for the future?

Oh I have a lot going on. I have started three short story serials that will be releasing soon in installments. I have two novels coming out in 2014 and another in 2015. Right now I am also working on a new book for a new series and hopefully I’ll be announcing another deal for that one soon. The book I am working on now and the opportunity presented from it was unexpected and I am very excited. So I might have even more work out in 2014. We shall see.

10.   What do you dislike the most about the publishing world?

The industry has some very nice people in it but also some very selfish and hateful people. There are so many people that are willing to step over others to get what they want. What really bothers me is that many times it’s the ones you trust or who you thought were on your side that end up sticking it to you in the end. I recommend to every author to be careful of who they call friends in this industry. For me it’s safer to stay in my own lane and take care of business. I don’t put myself out there because I’ve been burned by so-called friends enough.

11.   Where do you see yourself in five years?

Wow, there are so many possibilities. LOL! I have no idea. I have plans that I am working on now but can’t say how things might end up. I hope that my work keeps rising to another level. I hope maybe there is a TV show made of my current series by then. LOL! Whatever happens, I’ll work hard to accomplish my dreams.

12.     Do you have an official website?

http://www.stacy-deanne.net

13.     Where can we find you on social media?

Facebook, Twitter, and Mailing list.

14.     Where can we find your books?

My books are available in print and ebook.

The Wild Life Buy Links: Nook and Kindle.

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Spotlight on Author Ni’chelle Genovese

Imagine pursuing something your entire life and just moments before it’s about to happen . . . you wake up.  Someone snaps their fingers and it all changes.  That’s exactly what spurred Ni’chelle Genovese a small town Norfolk, VA native to begin her transition from music into the literary world.

“One day I was trying to figure out how I’d go on tour and open with Drew, she’d started her own label Record Breakers Ent. and I was her first artist.  She got pregnant with her son and my situation just stalled.”

Discovered by actress/singer Drew Sidora (The Game, Step-Up 2, White Chicks); As a musician, Ni’chelle’s main mission was to stay true to herself and beliefs.  “I was always too avant-garde for hip-hop, or too ahead. I sat with one A&R who listened to my entire demo and told me to lose weight and dumb my material down. I laugh now because I killed myself to lose that weight but I never dumbed down a thing.  My skinny self went and wrote the next song in Latin.”

She’s turned down impressive offers from Lil Kim’s Queen Bee Records as a ghost writer and even passed on an exclusive recording contract with Bad Boy. Under the close mentoring of rapper Ice-T, Ni’chelle developed a writing style unlike any other female MC. She has since penned verses and hooks for the likes of Pink, Governor, Mike Bless, and Drew Sidora, but her heart lies in her storytelling abilities.

On December 23rd 2010 Ni’chelle self published and released the drama filled novel, “Baby Momma.” It was the first in a three part series that not only draws readers into its plots and ploys but spirals them into a world of passion, crime, and revenge. The novel “Baby Momma,” was an instant success and caught the eye of the literary phenomenon Carl Weber. Within two months of its release Ni’chelle Genovese was signed to an exclusive publishing deal with Carl Weber’s, Urban Books and is also working on a new series titled “Church Girl.”

“My novels are extensions of my music, 16 bars 3 minutes and some change?  I’ll take thirty plus chapters, two hundred an’ something pages, five people and some lanes.  I’m creating my own highway over here.  Romantic-Thrillers.  You see the signs, Ni’chelle at Work.”

This young woman’s journey has only just begun and looks to have a bright fulfilling future.

It’s great to have you with us today Ni’chelle. We have something in common! I too used to write rhymes before I wrote stories so I’m a multi talented chick! Thanks for hanging out and being present for this interview, let’s get it in!

1.   What made you choose to write in the Genre that you write in?

I didn’t particularly choose the genre, it kind of chose me.   I was on the verge of going stir crazy from my slew of bad relationships and random dating drama.  Chelly tried celibacy and somewhere around month ten I started writing and ummm ALL the romance, drama, and limb twisting, sheet tangling encounters that I wasn’t having . . . went into my work. 

2.   What is your favorite thing about the writing experience and why?

One of the reasons I stopped reading romance was because I could always figure out what would happen.  I don’t want you to “figure out” what happens that ain’t fun.  No, I’ll give you this deconstructed puzzle that comes together perfectly, page by page.  I love putting those puzzles together.  I’ve yet to hear someone say, “I knew that would happen.”    

3.   What was the first moment you knew you wanted to write?

I used to write songs, and I even had a recording deal.  You know how you’re young and can’t nobody tell you a dern thing about anything but all the old folk keep waving their finger saying, “you need to have something to fall back on.”  Boy oh boy, those were some important words.  Writing was the “something to fall back on” when my music career didn’t work out the way I wanted it to.  I’ve always been a writer; I won literary competitions every year starting as early as 3rd grade.

4.   What book do you recommend everyone should read and why?

Um what’s that book where the woman walks with Jesus through hell?  I can’t even think of the name.  I recommend it because if you’re life ain’t together it’ll get you there and if it is you’ll definitely know if you haven’t been scared witless by the 5th page.  Scared the name of the book right up out of my head see?  Smh…he is working on me though. Oh yes, it’s called Mary Baxter: A divine revelation of hell.

5.   Where is your favorite place to write?

I write all day in my head, on pieces of paper, in my phone, in my drafts folder.  I turned one of my rooms into a “writing room” with a desk and a chair no TV.  The puppyface (my Yorkie) is banned from that space.  It’s too quiet and the sound of her OCD licking her behind or pacing around drives me insane.       

6.   When you write, do you write for a long period of time or do you write in short burst?

Call me a marathon writer.  I’ll lock myself in my writing room and get lost in the time frame of whatever I’m working on; I obsess over sentences until they feel perfect.  Pretty sure I’ve spent days on a couple of pages.  It gets pretty crazy in there.          

7.   Where did your inspiration for this book come from?

My inspiration from all of my work has bits and pieces of my real life.  The best way to get over someone is to write their behind into a novel.  I’m notorious for incorporating milestones from my life into my work, some are just too personal to pinpoint.  Many of the female characters have jobs or lead lives I’ve wanted or have considered.  I was once very involved in Church but I didn’t feel “the calling” to join the music ministry or any of the other functions they had.  That inspired me when I wrote Eva’s journey in Church Girl.  She’s a business woman that finds herself in a bind, set-up by her fiancé, and questioning her religion and inner-demons all the while simultaneously finding salvation.

8.   What words of advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Please don’t get discouraged by your job or the weeds of everyday life.   Tell those distractions “no”.  Everybody can’t write a book is what I have to remind my distractions.  65,000 to 100,000 words, 230’ish pages Mmm hmm.   Focus on a good story first.  Yes, yes I know a cover is important, and you have a bangin’ title idea but um you’ll have a pretty piece of $hit too, if you don’t have a good story.  I get emails from authors all the time, and they don’t know that I started out self-publishing.  1) The internet was my dearest friend.  2) You don’t start a business and knock on everybody’s door asking how to run it.  So why write a book and email every author out there asking how the game works?   Granted there are a few that are SUPER helpful, study the industry just like any other business.  As an author you are now a business, your name is your brand, and your writing is your product.

9.   What is your favorite character in your book and why?

*Tee hee hee* in Baby Momma, Honey slowly grew on me.  Her character managed to transition as I was writing.  She’d sacrificed a lot for a man she loved and had her daughter taken away in the process.  I didn’t expect it but even as a writer that enjoys writing the unexpected I know some things are inevitable.  She evolved, and even though she’s an antagonist to my main character you find yourself secretly rooting for this bad-girl.

10.   What is your favorite scene from the book or why?

I LOVE chocolate chip cookies.  In Baby Momma 2, there’s a scene with some chocolate chip cookies and um have you ever had a warm semi-dark morsel smeared all over . . .wait, what’s the rating up here?  Let me stay PG.  See, my sensory deprivation writing chamber is on point!  It’s one of my favorites because you can mentally feel, taste, and experience a warm cookie yes a cookie in a whole new way.  I’m giggling right now.

11.   What is your favorite time of year?

Whenever the seasons change, whether it’s winter to spring, spring to summer or summer to fall, I don’t know why but I love the transitions better than the actual seasons.  Is that weird?  There’s just something about that moment when I’m tired of being hot and having my butt sweat the second I step outside, and tadaa the leaves change colors and it smells like boots and comfy sweaters.

12.   Where is your favorite place to read?

Chronic phone beats face syndrome.  I’m usually on my kindle app in bed, staring up at the screen trying not to doze off because whatever I’m reading is getting good.

13.   What is the worse book you have ever read?

Hmm, don’t remember it was so bad I deleted that memory file to make space for better memories.

14.   What is the best book you have ever read?

No, because everyone will laugh. I can hear Carrie’s Mom from the movie in the background chanting, “they’re all gonna laugh at you,” over and over.   Okay, okay . . . confession time.   My name is Ni’chelle Genovese and I’m addicted to historical romance *wispy sigh* Catherine Coulter’s Bride Trilogy is my swoon, faint, hand to forehead absolute favorite.

15.   What is the most inspiring quote you have ever heard?

“The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” -Rumi

16.   What is your favorite song?

70’s Love Groove – Janet Jackson

17.   What is your favorite musical artist?

Janet Jackson forever . . . I don’t care.

18.   What is your favorite movie?

All the Iron Mans and Kiss the Girls oh oh and Devil’s Advocate . . . what?  I can’t pick ONE it would make the others jealous.

19.   What do you hope to say to people with your writing?

It’s not a Ni’chelle Genovese novel if you know what’s next or you aren’t mad at me for doing something drastically unexpected.  In Baby Momma, Michelle is a baby momma but she is successful and accomplished.  Full Figured 7 debuts on October 29th my story in that anthology is titled Queen Con and it focuses on Alicia a female cop with a daunting past.  I’m an artist and I paint women and men’s lives with words.  Mosaics, masterpieces, words that make you see images like warm breath in freezing winter air.

20.   Where do you see yourself in five years?

As your favorite authors, favorite author.

21.   Coffee or Tea?

Full Throttle, Guava Rockstar, Fruit Punch Rockstar, Orange Amp, Cappuccino, and then last resort coffee with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.

22.     Do you have an official website?

http://www.nichellegenovese.com

23.     Where can we find you on social media?

Follow me on Twitter, Find me on Facebook, Follow me on Instagram

Pinterest @nichelleg4

24.     Where can we find your books?

Available at most major retailers. 

www.amazon.com

www.walmart.com

www.barnesandnoble.com

Baby Momma 3 Feb 1st

If happiness had a flavor, could you describe it? If love had a price that you could afford to pay, would you?  Michelle is back, and in this mind-blowing sequel to Baby Momma 2, she is by no means taking her losses lightly. She’s been broken down, restored, and at the hands of Honey, practically demolished. The woman that has emerged is hell bent on revenge, until an unexpected twist of destiny turns her world completely inside out.

Honey is preoccupied with her re-emergence into the world, embracing her new life as the “Queen of Miami.” The only thing that might destroy her faster than Michelle’s rage is her new Mafia family. She’s slowly learning that all that glitters comes with hands attached to dimmer switches—and right now they’re itching to hit the off button. When the only options are bad and worse, Honey does the unthinkable and reaches into her past for a favor that might end up costing her more than the Family can even afford to pay.