Getting to know Michele Kimbrough

Time for another edition of Getting to know… Today, we meet fellow indie author Michele Kimbrough. Michele and I came into contact last year when both of us were going through a bout of writing malaise.  We’ve been cheering each other on every since. I had the chance to read Michele’s latest release, Dangerously in Love, a great film noir-esque story. (Make sure you add it to your TBR List or 1-click it ASAP!) I thought it would be fun to to get know Michele a little better. Let’s see what she has in store for us. :) 

 

Do you have a favorite place to write?

I started out writing at Starbucks and Panera Bread (very comfy seating). But one day, I was lying in bed ill but had an idea for a plot twist. So I grabbed my laptop, propped myself up on my bed and wrote. That was the most comfortable writing I’d ever done. So, now, I am often found sitting on my bed writing.

Book Cover - DILTell us about your latest release, Dangerously in Love. What inspired this book?

I’m in love with this story. Two things inspired this story. The first thing was an FBI case I read about. I thought it was so outlandish that it might make a great fictional story. That same day, I watched an old favorite movie of mine. Then I was struck by inspiration. 

I think my faithful readers tell what Dangerously in Love is about best. So I’m going to let them tell it: 

Bookclub Reader said, “The main characters are Hill and Caitlin. After a case Hill was working on went south, he decided to change his profession as a lawyer and became a landscaper. Also during this life change he became disengaged in his relationship with long-time love Samantha. Caitlin was on a journey of lust, deception, and revenge to make those responsible pay for the tragedy brought upon her family.” 

Journalist Reader said, “When we open up the book, we meet Ms. Caitlin stumbling into the gruesome scene of a triple homicide. One which almost found her caught up in it as well. Skip ahead a few years, and now Caitlin is the beautiful and desirable wife of a “Suge Knight” type husband named Adam. Adam hires an attractive landscaper named Hill. Hill flirts, from a distance, with Catlin and catches the swiftest, quickest, most thorough asskicking ever. That still didn’t stop the two from having some of the steamiest, hottest and riskiest sex ever.”

Are you a plotter or a pantser? Could you describe your writing process for us?

I’m most certainly a pantser but I never start a story until I know who the characters are and what the major plot points will be. Then I fly by the seat of my pants, allowing the characters to drive, until midway through the story. At that point, I outline the remainder of the story. 

By the halfway point, the characters are fleshed out, their antics have roots and I need a roadmap to direct them to the conclusion. :-) I usually have seven drafts by the time the manuscript is ready for the editor.

Which three authors would you love to meet for a good gab session? Why those three writers? What do you think you’d talk about and where would you want the gab session to take place?

I’d love to chat it up with Stephen King, Harlan Coben and Walter Mosley at a bar and grill over shots of tequila and burgers. These writers are masters at what they do and I’d love to just sit with them and have a casual meal to hear how their creative mind works.

Author Michele Kimbrough

Author Michele Kimbrough

What’s the hardest part about being a writer?

I think the hardest part for me is managing my expectations. When I’m promoting, I have great expectations that people will flock to Amazon and one-click my books, ascending them to the bestseller lists. On the flip side, when my books go live on Amazon, my stomach tightens and my heart races. Why? Because I’m often petrified of what people are going to think of my stories – fearing I’d get a bunch of hate mail telling me to keep my day job, which, by the way, is writing news articles.

Do you listen to music when you write? If so, could you share your playlist with us?

I will listen to music before I write for inspiration or to set the mood/emotion for me. However, I cannot write with music playing. It’s too distracting. I get lost in the lyrics and my mind shifts from writing to listening. My playlist is quite varied, from classical to country to R&B.

What are three things you’ve learned since you first began publishing? Is there anything you’d do differently if you could do it all over again?

(1) Ego has no place in writing — it only serves to stifle you. (2) Lose the expectations (as I explained earlier). (3) Have fun. If you aren’t having fun, then you aren’t enjoying it. And if you aren’t enjoying it, that energy will transfer to the page and your readers will feel it. Not a good look. 

If I could do it over, I’d make sure I understood for certain what genre I wanted to focus on (not necessarily exclusively but if my readers were to describe me, they’d know what genre to associate me with). I’d also write under a pen name.

Which of your books would you recommend to someone who is new to your writing? Do you have a particular favourite? If so, why is it your favorite?

So far, each of my books are quite different and fall in different subgenres. If you like a really fast paced book, I recommend Dangerously in Love. If you like high drama, I recommend Prudence. If you love a good unexpected twist, you’ll enjoy Wildflower. My favorite is Wildflower because of the subject matter and family dynamics. I love the characters and how they interact with each other.

What’s next for you? Are there any new publications in the pipeline? If so, could you tell us about them?

Currently, I’m writing a story that was originally intended for readers between 9 and 12 years old. However, as I get deeper into the story, I believe this story will resonate with readers 12 and older. I expect that it will be ready for publishing by the end of Summer.

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Getting to know Noelle Black

Back in December I read a review of Noelle Black’s novella, Addicted Allison, and it intrigued me. It sounded exactly like my cuppa tea–a sexy story about a Black woman having an adventure and owning her sexuality. I tracked it down for my Kindle and I wasn’t disappointed. Once I finished reading it, I came into contact with Noelle Black, the talented author behind Addicted Allison, and convinced her to do an interview for my Getting to Know…series. So lean back, relax…and get to know Noelle Black.

Addicted_Allison_CoverWhat made you leave the US for Europe? Do you think you’ll stay in Europe or do you have plans of moving back to the US?

I left the US in 2006. My company had a contract position in the Greater London area. I applied for the position on a total whim, before then I didn’t have any intentions of leaving the US for more than 1 week at a time. Moving abroad permanently was so far from my mind but I ended up working in London for three years. When my contract was up, I wasn’t ready to move back to the States.
I appreciated the ease and affordability of travel in Europe as well as the work life balance. I was also deeply in love with a Scandinavian man at the time (my daughter’s father) and I didn’t want my time here to end. I made efforts to find a job in Europe and landed in Germany. I live in Berlin with my two-year-old daughter where I have a part- time job as a project manager and write in the evenings while she sleeps. I have no immediate plans on moving back to the States. I simply can’t hang with the standard two weeks vacation, paying for health care, relying on a vehicle and all the associate cost and the almost archaic parental benefits structure of a first world country. Germany is home for the foreseeable future.

How did you first begin writing Addicted Allison? Were you in a writers’ group or did you write on your own?

Totally wrote it on my own. I was inspired by the recent leaks celebrity nudes and the rise of revenge porn sites. I knew I wanted to write about a woman being slut shamed and being a victim of revenge porn, the story evolved from there. I gave myself a deadline as I wanted to have it on Amazon for Christmas. It took me a little more than 30 days to write it, despite laptop issues and a toddler who refused to go to bed at night. I would write from around 9 pm to 2 am each night. I had a good friend edit and proofread for me as well as check for inconsistencies in the story. I had another friend, give me pointers on self publishing and writing resources. I would have not completed the book with those two amazing women. They really encouraged me to finish.

One of the things that I loved about Addicted Allison was that so much of the story felt so authentic and reflected the realities of being a curvy black woman abroad. Did you use your own personal experiences as inspiration for Allison’s life?
Yes and no. Haha. I think when you write erotica, it is hard for people to separate your art and what they know of you personally as an individual. It is part of the reason why I write under a pen name, to isolate this brand from any other literature I have out there and as a figurative delineation.

Allison and I are similar in some ways and totally different in others. I am a full-figured natural Black woman who lives in Europe. I have had some amazing experiences with lovers while I traveled and her college relationship was very similar to my own. I have been in relationships with men who hid their love for fat women and some outright chubby chasers. I think I pulled so much from my personal life in the character development because I had limited time to complete the book. If I had more time I would have had the luxury of creating an entire universe totally different than my own. I didn’t have to research much because Allison and I share the same social position and are compared to the same standards of beauty and sexual expression as fat women of color.

I can say all the men in the book have been inspired by real life men. Stefano’s demeanor and ticks are based on a man I see fairly often. I would die if he knew what sexual proclivities I assigned him because I have no idea what he is into. I don’t even think of him in a sexual way! He is slight with freakishly small hands, but he has a certain swagger about him. Matthias is a culmination of men I have known/dated. I once was in love with a man who carried around the “shame” of adoring fat women like some sort of burden. He described breaking the news of his sexual preferences to his peers and family. He expected a sort of rejection and described it as living in the closet. I always found this peculiar, that he somehow thought loving a fat woman was more challenging than BEING an actual fat woman.

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If Addicted Allison were a movie, who would be in your dream cast?
Well I would play Allison, cause I want to have play-sex with Alexander Skarsgård, who I think would be the perfect Matthias. I also can’t think of any Black, plus size actresses who sport natural hair. It was really important for me that she be the antithesis of every sexual being I have seen in pop culture so far. She isn’t a white virgin on the path to discovering her inner goddess. Allison is a powerful black woman with a head full of coils who discovered what she desired in and out of the bedroom a long time ago.

Which books are on your To Be Read List?
Would you judge me if I told you I am not that big of a reader? I used to be, before my kid. These days I enjoy quick reads and the occasional long read online. I enjoy anything about female empowerment and sexual agency. I have heard good things about a book by Kristin Newman titled What I Was doing While You Were Breeding. It combines sex and travel, two of my favorite hobbies. Then again I am tired of the same old Eat Pray Love narrative by privileged women talking about their freedoms that aren’t necessarily extended to me as a woman of color.

How would you describe your writing process? Are you very structured or do you write by the seat of your pants?
I am structured with a twist. I start with a general plot and then the outline. I write summaries of what I want to happen to the character or how I want the story to develop in each chapter. I then go back and fill it in, starting with the easiest bits for me to write first. I find writing conflict difficult because I want the dialog to be realistic, so I tend to write that last.
Writing the flashback of the man with the baggy condoms went really fast for me, just because I found it entertaining to write and I think everyone has a story or two about a guy who overestimated his own endowments.

What advice would you give to any novice writers who are interested in writing erotic romance or erotica?
It’s advice I need to follow, you definitely have to market your book and find a way to stick out. The market is so overly saturated with tons of books, I have no idea how many are published weekly on Amazon but I am sure it’s significant.

Find a mentor or writing coach, someone to encourage you or bat ideas back and forth.

Google is your friend, you don’t have to be a sex dynamo to write sex scenes, I’m not. I read lots of message boards and Cosmo articles as research for certain sex acts. Also sex is just a piece of your story. Lots of my reviewers comment on how the book is intelligently written and they appreciated the plot. Of course there are people who just want to read about T&A but I think there are also people who like a side of humor and brains with their smut.

Author Noelle Black

Author Noelle Black

When you were writing Addicted Allison, did you have a playlist of music to inspire you? Could you share it with us?

I listened to a lot of Thom Yorke, Radiohead, PJ Harvey and Bjork while I wrote the book.

What other books or projects have you got in the pipeline?

Keep in mind my pipeline is long. I have so many irons in the fire, I have no idea when projects will come out the other end. I have some Sci-Fi stories that I am working on, those will be full length novels. I really grand ideas that I am developing, I’m a pretty big geek at heart. I also have some other short story ideas about plus size cam girls that will have a tie in to Allison’s story. I hope to have a portfolio of books with plus size Black women as the main character.

You teased us with an open-ended ending to Addicted Allison. What’s next for Allison and her Swede?

I struggle between writing a happily ever after or dissolving the relationship and setting Allison on a new journey. I do not want to make interracial relationships glamorous or issue free, they aren’t. I also don’t want to make life in Europe look like it’s worry free, cause it isn’t. Relationships, regardless of the color/culture of the couple have both positive and negative dynamics.

To make our couple ride off into the sunset would be expected, on the other hand, to destroy a relationship that is hardly seen in mainstream culture (fat woman with conventionally attractive man or worldly Black American woman with a Swedish hottie) is kind of a crummy thing for me to do as an author. Why can’t fat black girls have nice things? I am very torn which only delays the progress of the book.

I can promise the second book will be longer than the first. Readers were a bit annoyed it was so short. I can guarantee that Alison will have more mind-blowing sex and more drama.

Also Matthias’s past is a bit dark which I hinted at in the first book. In his quest for fulfilling his desires, he ventured into some sketchy activities which when revealed to the reader may not sit well with them. He is a good guy at the end of the day, but “good guys” are still capable of doing selfish and sometimes hurtful things.

Addicted Allison is available exclusively for Kindle.

Connect with Noelle on her website, Facebook and Twitter.

Guest Post: The Lady of Gladstone Manor by Jamallah Bergman

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Fellow author Ramallah Bergman’s the Lady of Gladstone Manor celebrates its re-release on Monday, 6 April with a new cover and a newly edited version. 

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Jackson Belle, the son of a prominent family of landscapers and architects whose work has been the “Showcase of the South”, goes to take what he thinks is a routine job for his father who is soon in bed after a fall. He soon finds himself going to Gladstone Manor, a home well known as a house that once would host grand balls and parties for the town. But is nothing more than a shell of its former glorious self. Soon Jackson finds himself diving deep within the mystery of Gladstone Manor and its owner Brooke Langley.

Brooke Langley’s life at Gladstone Manor at one time was wonderful and she enjoyed the many memories she had as a child, watching the many people coming to the parties and balls that her parents would give. But a tragic accident leaves Brooke in seclusion, afraid of what the world outside of the Manor would think of her now. It isn’t until Jackson Belle comes into her life and shows her that someone does care that slowly starts to come out to the world and soon finds true love as well.

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“Let me ask you this, do you remember Mr. Langley’s daughter?”
“You mean, Brooke,” Jackson’s mother interjected as she came in with a tray holding Howard’s lunch.
“Brooke, that’s her name, right?”
“Oh yes, I remember Brooke, she was such a sweet child. Always smiling and making everybody around her laugh. Such a beautiful child with so much life in her until that evil woman of a stepmother messed her up. I remember Walter was so heartbroken by what happened. He knew they didn’t get along because they were like oil and water, they just didn’t mix well. She hated Brooke because she was the apple of Walter’s eye and a constant reminder of her late mother. She got more of his attention and her stepmother hated her with a passion because of that. When she had the accident, her father had her going to all kinds of doctors and surgeons, even sent her to Europe to see a specialist who dealt with people in her situation. After Walter died, she stayed in Europe for the longest time. Some people thought that she had passed away but then one day, word got out that groceries and other things were being delivered to the Manor.” She stared at the photo of Brooke by the fountain.
That entire day while at his father’s, they both worked on the plans for the garden. He would go from his father’s work area to his father’s bedroom to see what he thought of the plans so far.
“Sweetheart, you have a phone call. I think it’s from the Manor,” Nancy said, popping her head in the room while Jackson drew on the blueprint.
Picking up the phone, Jackson said, “Hello.”
“Hello, Mr. Belle, this is Brooke Langley calling,” a soft, mellow voice said on the other end.
“Hello, Ms. Langley, it’s nice to finally hear from you. How are you?”
“Fine, thank you, I talked with Nora and I just wanted to see what your point of view on the condition of the garden.”
“Well, I will tell you that it needs plenty of work but it’s a job that I look forward to starting. I am always up for a challenge. I told Nora I wanted you to make a list of things you might want to see in your garden. Have you started yet?”
“Yes, I have. I was trying to go by memory, but there’s plenty I want to add. I have to say I’m pretty excited that this is being done. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the garden the way it was before.”
Her voice entranced Jackson. “I can come get the list from you if you want. That way, I can show you what I have so far.” Jackson replied, hoping she would agree to meet in person.
At first, he heard nothing and thought that maybe she hung up the phone. “Hello? Are you there, Ms. Langley?”
“Yes, I’m still here. I don’t think it would be a good idea to meet just yet. I can have Nora give you the list when you get here, if that’s all right?”
“That would be just fine, Ms. Langley. But I do hope to get the chance to actually see you one of these days, face to face.”
“Take care, Mr. Belle.” She hung up.
The conversation left Jackson with a sense of accomplishment in what he’d done so far. Also, he felt curious, wondering who the woman behind the voice was.

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Review: Haunted by Christina C. Jones

Haunted CoverI love a good paranormal story–especially one that is creepy and sexy at the same time–so I was intrigued when author Christina C. Jones began sharing teasers on Facebook of a paranormal story she was working on. The more I read, the more intrigued I became. I finally had to ask her if she’d already released it–the impatient Golden in me just couldn’t wait. :)

Haunted – a paranormal love story is very different from Christina’s other books, which has been more romantic in nature(contemporary romance and romantic suspense), so I could understand when she said she was hesitant in releasing it. Fans do not always react well when authors release something that is completely different from what they usually write.

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Well, I can say that, having read Haunted, I am one very happy Christina C. Jones fan. We start with what seems like a very normal situation, club manager Khalida is in bed with her boyfriend Travis (whom she is beginning to find a bit tiresome) and she is unable to sleep. But pretty soon we understand that all is not what it seems. Beneath the very normal veneer of her life, Khalida is hiding a secret–a fantasy (phantom, perhaps?) lover who satisfies her in ways that Travis never could. The intensity of her fantasies is increasing to the point that she is finding it hard to tell the difference between fantasy and reality. And then a very handsome, very intense man called Aram walks into her life. Aram has secrets of his own and Khalida is connected to them–even if she doesn’t initially understand how or why.

I won’t give away more of the plot, just know that if you want to read a well-written, intriguing and sexy paranormal novella featuring African-American characters, then Haunted – a paranormal love story is just what you need! I loved reading it and I think you will too!

My rating?

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Review: Love Reality by Nana Malone

Screen Shot 2015-03-21 at 20.29.45Nana Malone‘s Love Reality is the second book in her The Donovans series and it’s a fun, sexy read. The book revolves around my favourite hate object–reality dating shows–and what happens when two rival dating bloggers end up as contestants on the show. Mia, whose blog Lonely Girl is gaining success, is cast as Cinderella for the show while Ryan, whose blog Single Guy teaches men how to woo women with romantic games, is snared as one of the Prince Charmings set to win Mia’s heart reality TV style. There just one catch: they know each other already. Mia thinks she hates Ryan. Ryan’s only agreed to be on the show to write an exposé. But one thing goes without denying–the chemistry between them is smoking hot.

Love Reality is a great page turner that’s funny and sexy with characters whose backstory pulls you in. Though you think you’re going to hate Ryan, you end up developing a bit of a crush on him. And Mia’s past as a foster child and how it still affects her makes her an interesting character study.

Lots of sexy scenes and oodles of chemistry, so perfect for people who like their romance extra hot.

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Review: Language of Love by V.L. Locey

Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 00.33.09I stumbled upon Language of Love just when I was feeling homesick for my hometown of Philadelphia. I love hockey–I’ve been a Philadelphia Flyers fan since I was a kid–so discovering the To Love a Wildcat series was a stroke of luck. It’s set in Philadelphia and revolves around the fictional hockey team, the Philadelphia Wildcats.

Language of Love chronicles what happens when Marguerite, the deaf daughter of the team’s owner, falls in love with Petro, the latest addition to the team whose limited grasp of English and fiery temperament have put him at odds with the team. Their physical attraction to one another is white-hot–this is one sexy book–and sex becomes one of the ways Marguerite and Petro communicate with other another. As the summer progresses, we get an interesting view into their relationship and the problems these two face–Petro’s drinking problem, Marguerite’s trying to figure out if she should get a cochlear implant so that she could hear his voice or if she should say no to it in order to be a role model for the deaf children she teaches–someone who can show them they can live in a hearing world without feeling like they do not belong–and of course there is relationship drama thanks to disapproving friends and family.

The twists in Marguerite and Petro’s love story give Language of Love a great edge. It’s not often one gets a chance to read a romance featuring a deaf heroine and this novel gives great insight into what it’s like to be deaf in a hearing world, how one navigates communicating and dealing with societal pressure. And of course having a sexy Russian hockey player like Petro is a definite bonus.

Though this was book 5, it was the first book I read in the series and I was able to follow the storyline without any problems. Going to delve into more books in the To Love a Wildcat series. Highly recommended!

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Guest Post: Excerpt Reveal – The Delivery by Mara White

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Lana Finch is a twenty-five-year-old social worker. She believes wholeheartedly in saving the world—one broken kid at a time. Lana is headstrong, she’s righteous and she’ll let nothing stand in her way. Except for maybe her entire family that’s financially dependent on her.
Enter Mozey Cruz, the eighteen-year-old juvenile delinquent assigned to her charge. He’s an illusive artist, he’s misunderstood, and he’s a natural born troublemaker.
Their love is illegal, much like Mozey’s undocumented status in the States. So Lana lets him go even though it might be the worst mistake she’ll ever make.
But destiny has a way of catching up with us even when we run from it.
Los Angeles————
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Tijuana————
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But first, Lana has to find him before she can deliver him…

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I squeeze his hand again. I scrutinize every little point of contact between our two bodies. My ear on his shoulder, and my thigh flush with his. The length of my arm matching up with the length of Mozey’s, and my wrist, grazing lightly with his calf as we sit. My skin is pale, like the underbelly of a fish. His is warm, like hot chocolate with milk. I want to drink it, to swallow all of that velvet. I want it to melt on my tongue and warm me all the way up from the inside out.

Then they’re gone, the door is closed, and my arms cross across my chest. Mozey has one hand in the pocket of his jeans the other palm flat against the back of the door. Those two boys were my protection. My buffers. I feel naked without them. Suddenly, Mozey, looms larger. Almost larger than life.

“Are you hungry?” he asks me.

I couldn’t be more satisfied. I can’t believe I found you. That you’re standing here in front of me.

I shake my head at him as he saunters over to me. I remember that he’s confident, that he’s sexual, that he probably knows more than me.

“We can take it slow, Lana. We don’t have to fuck.”

It’s a jolt when he says it, a live thrash of wire. Saying it, it means he’s thinking about it. I know that I am. Maybe he thinks it’s what I want to do. Or he thinks I don’t so he feels he has to clear the air by saying it out loud.

Sex. I’ve been thinking about it since the minute I met you—whenever I’m around you. Thinking dirty thoughts when I was supposed to be protecting you. My face falls, and my shoulders slump. All of the vixen has run out of me.

“Or we can if you want.” It’s his smile that gets me, so warm and inviting. He’s confident with either choice, whether we do or we don’t. He’s enjoying teasing me, and he knows how hard I’ve been looking for him.

“Come here,” he says and pulls my elbows apart, inserting his body in the space that I was trying to protect—my chest, my breasts, the area surrounding my heart.

“I’ve always thought you were beautiful, Lana. But you never wanted to hear it,” he says, his nose tickling my ear. He pulls my arms around him and sets them at his waist. I am a robot. I can’t speak. I have no feelings.

“Maybe you should sleep on the couch,” I say, stepping out of his hold.

If magic were a good thing, then we would all be able to wield it against the one we love.

Hypnotize with eye contact, unravel with a stare. But instead, magic is dangerous, it makes us see what isn’t there. It makes us believe in illusions and in fleeting apparitions that will never be concrete. I need something that can last, not something that will disappear into thin air.

I loved you because I wanted to save you. And I thought if I saved everyone, then it said something about me. I wanted to be worthy. I didn’t want to be bad. I always felt that badness was an inextricable part of me. I became a social worker to try to exorcise the ugly part of me.

Of course I don’t say this out loud. I explain myself to myself in my head. Like an idiot. Like the insecure, crazy girl that I am.

Mozey runs his hands through his hair and looks sadly at me. He nods his head and massages his chin with his thumb and forefinger then looks down at the floor.

“There’s not one single part of me that isn’t complicated—that’s easy to love,” I blurt out, trying to explain away being so difficult. This is the one thing I can’t fuck up and live to regret it.

“I already know that. I want every part of you.”

If there is something I need to hear, well, Mozey just said it. But I’ll still always be a disappointment. I will never be perfect, and for some reason, what I really want to bring to this is perfection.

“I feel like you’re going to keep pushing me away, even if it hurts you. Should I give up? You want me to stop trying?”

I nod my head “yes,” like the fucking liar that I am. I’m nodding and nodding while every inch of my flesh is screaming, “See through me, don’t believe me, please know that I want you, don’t believe anything that she says.”

Mozey yanks his t-shirt up over his head. Two long silver chains clang together as they bounce on his chest. There he is in all of his perfection, his chest tight with emotion, his arm muscles flexed in defensiveness, his brow furrowed in confusion. I’m shaking, with trembles running up and down my spine, splaying out through my limbs into my hands and my feet. What I want is right in front of me but somehow it seems even further out of reach.

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Mara White is a contemporary romance and erotica writer who laces forbidden love stories with hard issues, such as race, gender and inequality. She holds an Ivy League degree but has also worked in more strip clubs than even she can remember. She is not a former Mexican telenovela star contrary to what the tabloids might say, but she is a former ballerina and will always remain one in her heart. She lives in NYC with her husband and two children and yes, when she’s not writing you can find her on the playground.

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Cover Reveal: Loving Kate by D. Kelly

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Cover Reveal: Loving Kate by D. Kelly (Book 3 of The Acceptance Series)
Release Date: March 23, 2015

LovingKate_Final-ebooklgKatherine Moore has loved Michael Matthews since they were children. She’s also in love with his best friend. After her world was turned upside down, she made an impulsive choice which may have cost her the loves of her life. Now, as she tries to make amends, she has to choose one of them. But how do you choose between two men who love you unconditionally?
Things continue to get even more complicated with the arrival of baby Lucas. In the midst of it all, her college graduation looms on the horizon and her future has never seemed more unclear. When she finally declares which man she can’t live without, he refuses to let Kate back into his heart. Everything seems hopeless until a sudden change of events puts her in day to day contact with the man she loves.
As they both struggle to accept their new circumstances, Kate can’t help but hope this will be their second chance at happily ever after. Will the man of her dreams be able to forgive her or will she finally have to accept that she’s truly lost the love of her life?
Loving Kate is the third and final full-length novel in The Acceptance Series.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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I’m a wife, a mom and a dog lover. I’m also a taxi, problem fixer, extreme multi-tasker and my kids biggest fan in anything that they do. I love to write, so when my career suddenly derailed I turned back to my love of writing. I married my high school sweetheart… how cool is that? Margaritas and sarcasm make me happy. Chocolate makes that happiness grow exponentially. People who make me laugh are my favorite kind of people. I believe Karma is a bitch who slaps back hard and that mean people suck. I’m California born and raised, I love the beach but hate the sand. The Acceptance Series is my first series with more books to come soon.
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Blog Tour: JANE by Michelle Onuorah

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Review

Michelle Onuorah’s JANE is one of those novels that take you by surprise. It’s not my usual genre–I usually avoid novels with too much of a spiritual or inspirational theme because they tend to be too preachy for me. But like her previous novel, Remember Me, JANE tackles big issues like race, social class and spirituality with a light, deft hand.

Jane Daugherty, the main character, of JANE, has led a traumatic life. A victim of physical, sexual and mental abuse, she has learned to rely on no one. While this fierce independence has helped her achieve the position of being the youngest tenure track professor at the university where she teaches, it has also led to her leading an isolated life devoid of any emotional attachments or reliance on others.

Even though I am not a very religious person (in fact, I would say I am completely secular), I appreciated how Michelle took us on Jane’s journey of love and self-discovery, on her realization that she needed a spiritual connection to find peace in her life.

This is an uplifting story that will particularly resonate for readers for like inspirational stories. However, any reader who likes stories of change and the power of love will enjoy Michelle Onuorah’s JANE.

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JANE

About the Book

Orphaned.

Neglected.

Damaged and abused.

Jane Daugherty has survived what can only be described as the childhood from hell. After years of mental, physical, and sexual abuse, she has become a fiercely independent young woman – closed off from human connection. Unable to believe in people or their capability to be kind, she has vowed to build a new life for herself so that she never has to rely on, or trust, others again. At 24-years-old, she is fulfilling this vow, successfully working as the youngest tenure-track professor at the University of New York.

Brilliant and remarkably accomplished, Jane’s life takes an unexpected turn when she is reunited with the childhood friend she protected in foster care. Alexa Masterson introduces Jane to the family that adopted her, a family that includes her older brother, Aiden Masterson. Instantly drawn to each other, Aiden and Jane embark on a relationship that will either destroy them both or shape them into the man and woman they were always meant to be. Can what started as lust transform into love? And what will bring about the transformation that they ultimately need?

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Michelle N. Onuorah is the bestselling author of Remember Me, Type N, and Taking Names. She wrote and published her debut book, Double Identity, at the tender age of thirteen and has been writing ever since. A graduate of Biola University, Michelle continues to write and publish under her company, MNO Media, LLC . You can learn more about Michelle at www.mnomedia.com and like her page at www.facebook.com/authormichelleonuorah.

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 Michelle is giving away three e-copies of Jane to three winners (open INT).

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Review: Coming Down by Carrie Elks

Coming Down CoverI am a total sucker for stories about second chances at love. I’m also a sucker for books set in the UK. It’s been this way since the mid-90s when I first began reading chick lit by authors like Victoria Routledge, Jane Green, Abigail Bosanko, Dorothy Koomson… so when I first heard about Coming Down (the first book in the Love in London series) I immediately added it to my TBR list. The cover was already enough to hook me–Big Ben and double-decker buses against a sunset sky? Yup, I love London and this was enough for me. Then I read the blurb and was intrigued–a man from the past, a woman trying to make up for her past mistakes, a neglected child who needs love and security? Okay, now I was totally hooked. Of course I bought it. How could I resist?

Coming Down by Carrie Elks tells the story of Beth and Niall’s shared past and what happens when their paths cross after so many years apart. Beth is in a comfortable marriage that lacks passion and Simon, her wealthy and much older husband, feels more like her doting (though sometimes a tad bit controlling) guardian rather than the man of her dreams. While he provides her with financial security, he’s also scrubbed away any of Beth’s rough edges and honed her into the perfect pretty trophy wife–always beautifully turned out for social events, always knowing the right hostess gifts, etc. But what he hasn’t managed to do is stop her from working at the inner-city drug clinic where she helps the children of recovering addicts. When the clinic needs a new volunteer art teacher, Simon’s daughter recommends an artist who turns out to be Niall, the man who once turned Beth’s life upside-down and who introduced her to a world of drugs that ended up pulling her into a downward spiral.

Both Niall and Beth are different people now. They’ve conquered their drug problems and they’re both trying to make up for a past mistake that led to the death of a friend. Initially, they pretend there is no connection between them, but it’s obvious the years apart have not dulled their attraction to one another. And their love of the children at the clinic keeps bringing them together. Well, I won’t reveal any more details. I’ll just say I thoroughly enjoyed reading their story and can’t wait to delve into the next book in the Love in London series, Broken Chords, which comes out later this week. :)

My rating? 5_Star