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The Goodreads contest has wrapped up and as promised, I’m doing a giveaway of the print books for my blog followers, too! You have another chance to win autographed copies of Volume 1 and Volume 2 of the Hawthorne Family series in print.
THE TEMPTATION OF A GOOD MAN
Can true love be found after one night of passion?
Celeste Burton goes out with her girlfriends to celebrate turning thirty and winds up spending an unforgettable night with the man of her dreams. One week later, as a favor, she attends a wedding with a friend as his date and is shocked when she sees Roarke again.
Roarke Hawthorne despises cheating. Cheating tore apart his family years ago. When the physics professor sees the woman he spent the night with show up at his sister’s wedding on the arm of his brother, he knows he should keep his distance. But because of the night they set fire to the sheets in his hotel room, he can’t resist the urge to be close to her–nor can he resist the temptation to have her back in his bed.
A HARD MAN TO LOVE
Hating him is easy. Loving him is hard.
Derrick Hoffman never quite got over not having a relationship with his biological father. The woman he was seeing is pregnant, and there’s no way he’s going to let her raise his child without him–even if it means coercing her into marriage.
Eva Jacob made the mistake of falling in love with Derrick, a man she knows is incapable of love. After their breakup, she discovers she’s pregnant. When she agrees to a loveless marriage, she tries to shield her heart from further pain. But she soon discovers that the heart wants what the heart wants, and her heart wants Derrick’s love.
HERE COMES TROUBLE
Who doesn’t love a bad boy?
Lorena Vega knows better than to have anything else to do with Matthew Hawthorne. Then he comes to her and asks for her help in writing a proposal for a grant to benefit the community center where he volunteers. She agrees to do the work, but she has her guard up, because having Matthew in her life again is a problem she doesn’t need.
Matthew still carries some guilt from when he hurt Lorena. Seeing her again for the first time in months makes him realize what a huge mistake he made, and he wants another chance to be the kind of man she deserves. He’s determined to win her back and prove he’s not the player he used to be, and nothing will stand in his way.
Not even the new man in her life.
FOR BETTER OR WORSE
Will her actions save her marriage or destroy it?
As a publicist for professional athletes, Antonio Vega is used to solving problems and spinning stories to the benefit of his clients. Yet he can’t seem to convince his wife that he has been and always will be faithful, and her lack of trust tests the limits of his patience.
Cassidy Hawthorne-Vega grew up in a home rocked by infidelity. When she suspects her husband is hiding something from her, she takes drastic steps to uncover the truth. Her actions result in a confrontation that threatens the bond of their marriage. It’s only when she reveals a painful secret from the past that Cassidy learns to accept the love her husband freely gives.
Prize: Four readers will receive autographed copies of Volume 1 and Volume 2 of the Hawthorne Family series, giftwrapped to your doorstep! (Note: copies may arrive after the holidays.)
Eligibility: You must be a follower of this blog. Open to international entrants.
How to enter: Submit your email address using the form below.
Deadline to enter: December 14, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST. Winners will be chosen by random.org, announced in the comments and contacted via email.
Please welcome Shakir Rashaan to my blog. For you BDSM fans, he’s the real deal, and he’s here to tell us about his new book, The Awakening, and share a blog post to give a unique perspective on his polyamorous relationship. Let’s get started!
Tell us about yourself.
There’s not much to tell, kind of LOL. I’m married with two kids, I work in the education system in the Safety & Security department, and a few other things that would make people think I’m “normal” so to speak. I hold three degrees, including a degree in Criminal Justice, and I played college basketball on the Division I level before injuries cut my career short. On the flip side of the coin, I am a Lifestyle Dominant (women love using the term Alpha Male, but I’m that and a whole lot more), my wife and I are what is termed a Dominant Couple within the BDSM community, I’m a flirt, I love to seduce when the opportunity presents itself, and, as I say on the Blog Talk Radio show I co-host: I’m a Hedonist, not a heathen. There’s a difference!
Which TV show(s) can you absolutely not miss every week?
Goodness, I can give you a rundown based on the day of the week!
Mondays: Almost Human, The Black List, and Sleepy Hollow; Tuesdays: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Wednesdays: American Horror Story: Coven; Thursdays: Scandal and Elementary; Fridays: Dracula. Thanks to my wife and our submissive, I now have to add Dr. Who to the list, but I can’t remember what day of the week that comes on (thank the gods for DVR).
What is your dream car and why?
I know folks would say a Maserati or a Lamborghini or a Ferrari, but I’m not a small man. I stand 6’6” tall, so my dream cars are going to be American muscle all day long! I want a Cadillac Escalade…if He shows favor and I am able to enjoy some longevity as an author, that’s the first thing I’m getting!
Is there such a thing as too much sex in a romance novel? Explain.
Being an erotica author, I would say everything is usually in moderation, with some extra spice thrown in there. There are those who say there’s no such thing, but for me, if it flows within the story line, I say there’s not too much. Pleasure by Eric Jerome Dickey is proof of the balance between the two, even though some of his fans and readers felt there was too much sex in it. I highly disagree (can I say I love me some Nia Simone Bijou? Whew!).
What is your favorite body part on a woman?
Anyone who has followed me on Instagram or is connected to me on Facebook knows the answer to that question LOL! I’m primarily an ass man, but I also am a sucker for a pretty pair of eyes and a pretty set of suckable lips.
What can readers expect from you next?
This next year is going to be crazy, to say the least! The Awakening is out now, and Legacy, the second book in the Nubian Underworld series, will be set for release June 10, 2014, and Tempest, the third book in the series, has a December 2014 release. I also signed a three-book deal back in November with my publisher, Strebor Books, for my mystery series Deviant Intent, which is being repackaged as my Kink, P.I. series. The first book in that series will be set for a late 2014/early 2015 release with the first book, OBSESSION. I also will be featured in several anthologies in which I will bring out a variety of characters, from Cougars to Incubi, and a few other things in between.
I am in a polyamorous relationship with my wife.
Waits for the crickets to stop chirping as people pick their collective jaws up off the floor.
What? Did you think I simply made all that shit up in the books I write? Did you not read my disclaimer in the books? C’mon, son!
Hold on…before you start sending out the pitchforks of “why did you get married in the first place?” allow me to explain a bit.
My wife and I have a submissive, and in “vanilla” terms, she would be our girlfriend. We have another who also is submissive to us, and I guess you would consider her our girlfriend also, should you so choose to. Under more liberal legislation in the United States (yeah right) that would make it permissible to marry more than one, our girlfriends would be wife #2 & #3 without question.
But these United States are not very liberal in some mindsets… especially when it comes to the institution of marriage.
We (those of us within the poly community) are normal, everyday citizens who work, pay taxes, have families and all that good stuff, we just happen to have a more pragmatic approach to the concept of love, more of an agape love that mixes in with romantic love.
The one Bible verse that most anyone would throw up in an argument such as this when Poly unions get tossed up against Monogamous unions is 1 Corinthians 13, verses 4-8, which state:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record or wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
Now, let most who are in monogamous relationships tell you, we “deviant poly folk” don’t understand the meaning of that verse. After all, we “dishonor” our mate by getting into romantic entanglements, therefore we don’t “protect” our mate’s state of mind because there is supposedly no stability in a poly union.
Yeah, there’s not much stability in ANY union, to be real, and on both sides of the coin, neither has a very good track record when it comes to success rates.
As my sis, Rae Lamar, phrased in her two book series, Unlike Me/Somewhere in Between (what I affectionately call the Bree series): Love is love…managing it is the problem.
If you take nothing else away from this, it is that no relationship model is perfect: not monogamy, not open relationships, no polyamory or polygamy or polygyny…
If you and your significant other(s) can manage the day-to-day grind that being in a relationship places on you, then you are already ahead of the 50-60% that have already failed in doing what you are willing to work hard at keeping things together.
Now, what, you ask, does this have to do with the upcoming re-release of my novel, The Awakening?
Well, because the central couple in my series is a poly couple…there’s no monogamy involved in this series whatsoever.
But you know me by now…I have to be different, and different and sexy is what sells nowadays, and I plan to sell a lot of before it’s all said and done. IJS!
Where can readers find you online?
Your readers can hook up with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads, too.
FB Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/ShakirRashaanErotica
FB Fan Page (Company): http://www.facebook.com/ShadesofNEBU
Life seems well within the “Nubian Underworld” of the ATL, as Ramesses, his wife Neferterri, and their submissives are at the center of what can only be described as “paradise” by those who have seen the debauchery within. Amenhotep, Ramesses’ mentor, is on the verge of bringing in his newest slave to reside with him at the Palace, and the entire community has been invited to witness the decadence of the grounds and the libidinous nature of the guests in attendance.
Unfortunately, life is not always a bed of roses… sometimes the thorns must be felt.
All hell breaks loose when Ramesses and Neferterri begin losing their submissives for a variety of reasons, and Amenhotep gets caught up in a sting operation that makes the local news and threatens to blow the lid off of the Atlanta Fetish community that thrives on the anonymity that is enjoyed by all. Despite it all, everyone in the circle is there for one another, no matter the consequences.
Being in the Fulton County Jail was a bittersweet moment for me.
Before I turned to professional shutterbug I wanted to be a detective, like my father before me. So, being at the jail wasn’t supposed to give me the butterflies in my stomach I felt. It felt like an eternity walking towards the communication area to speak to Amenhotep, but somehow I managed to get there.
Seeing Him on the other side of that window, my heart damn near broke. Here was a man who made me the Dominant I am. Now, here he sat, an accused rapist and kidnapper, eyes completely bloodshot from staying up all night in the holding cell before they moved him to general population. I refused to take pity, though. In my mind He was never guilty in the first place. I was going to move heaven and earth to make sure He comes out of this without much of a scratch on him, mainly because I knew He would do the same for me. Family has to look out for each other.
I picked up the receiver, making eye contact with Him for the first time. He looked human to me, after looking like a god for so long. “How are You holding up?”
“Not good, youngster. I’m not even supposed to be in here,” Amenhotep stated through the receiver. “Ramesses, I didn’t do it. she said awful things, man. Said I raped her…abused her,
I sat there and watch helplessly as He was nearly reduced to tears. The first thing on my mind was whether the other slaves were okay.
“paka came down as soon as she found out. The cops took the computers…everything in
the dungeon that wasn’t bolted down.” Amenhotep repeated what paka told him earlier. “All of the girls gave statements to dispute what safi told the cops.”
“Why the hell would she say such things? You have a reputation within the community. she’s got to be aware of that.” My anger was boiling and mounting with each passing moment and with each word I spoke.
“Something spooked her. I know it,” Amenhotep regained his composure. “Either that, or she’s pissed about something. But what was it? I treated her like I treat all My girls.”
Yeah, every one of the girls was treated the same way, except for paka. The green eyed monster was on the loose. Damn.
“I’ve got some tough questions for You, Sir, and I need straight answers,” Ramesses took over inside of me, and it was needed. “How old is safi?”
“You know better,” Amenhotep didn’t like my tone, but I really didn’t care at that point. We were family, yes, but there was no time to look at things with rose-colored glasses. “I taught You, remember that.”
“What…was…her…age?” I commanded. I didn’t back down like I normally did when He asserted Himself and didn’t want to answer questions. Too much was at stake.
“19. Confirmed,” Amenhotep replied. “Next.”
“What was her status?” I stated, moving on to the next point of fact I needed. By status, I wanted to know in what capacity was safi supposed to serve as. In His House there were two
categories: sexual and domestic.
“Sexual and domestic,” Amenhotep again answered in a monotone voice. “Next.”
“Did You corrupt her station?” In asking that question, I meant did she begin to think that she was more than what her station dictated… and more importantly, did He give her the impression she meant more than her station suggested.
“I decline to answer.” Amenhotep shut down, pulling His ear away from the receiver.
“Not good enough, Sir,” I warned. I motioned for him to place His ear to the receiver. “Rumors will run rampant, and I need ammo to combat things until You post bond.”
“How long have we known each other?” Amenhotep asked, pushing His face closer to the glass.
“Sir, You are My mentor, and I love You like a father, but I need and I will get full disclosure.” I was blunt about my intentions, even if the answer would hurt.
“Yes, I did!”
Prize: a Kindle copy of The Awakening
How to enter: Leave a comment or question below for Shakir.
Deadline to enter: Tonight at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be announced in the comments and contacted via email.
Thanks for visiting my blog, Shakir, and readers, good luck in the contest!
Only eleven (11) more days and The Wrong Man, Book 2 of the Love Unexpected series, will be released! All the retailers allow me to set the release date except Amazon, so factor in a day or two before or after for Kindle readers. I’m gifting copies on release day to ten (10) lucky blog followers. Be sure to enter the email address you use to follow this blog because I will be checking.
Prize: Ten winners will receive an ecopy of The Wrong Man in the format of your choice.
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to this blog.
How to enter: Submit your information in the form below.
Deadline to enter: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST.
This giveaway is open to international entrants. Random.org will be used to pick the winners. The winners’ names will be posted in the comments below on Thursday, November 21, 2013, and the book gifted to the email address submitted.
I’m doing a book spotlight for one of my author friends, LV Lewis. Exit Strategy, book 2 of her interracial romance series, has dropped! There’s an excerpt and a great contest. Read on and get your copy.
The Highly Anticipated Follow-up to Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever!
Ex·it Strat·e·gy (noun) 1. A preplanned means of extricating oneself from a situation that is likely to become difficult or unpleasant. 2. The method by which a venture capitalist or business owner intends to get out of an investment that he or she has made in the past.
Will Keisha and Tristan exercise their elaborate EXIT STRATEGY and end their unorthodox arrangement?
Assailed by demons she thought she had conquered, Keisha Beale has uttered the words to end her tumultuous relationship with Tristan White. Separated, they grapple for a time with their personal demons. However, when their lives apart become unbearable, a credible threat brings them back together prematurely.
As they seek to discover who is responsible for the threats, several seemingly unrelated incidents throw them into a tailspin. Will Keisha’s youthful indiscretions or Tristan’s un-reconciled feelings for a former sub derail their tenuous arrangement?
In the meantime, trouble in Nathan and Jada’s paradise send dramatic ripples that hint of future difficulties in the idyllic pairing.
Tristan uses his vast wealth and connections to correct a gross miscarriage of justice, while Keisha makes herself utterly vulnerable to Tristan and fears he has chosen to exercise his own exit strategy.
Will this be the end of the indecent arrangement that became a fairy tale? Or will Keisha and Tristan reveal the trauma from their pasts so they may heal and completely embrace their relationship?
Sensual, suspenseful, and still infused with the riotous levity of Triple-G and Fairy Hoochie Mama, the Ghetto Girl Romance Quadrilogy departs from full parody with a distinctive take on love, loyalty, sacrifice, redemption, and acceptance.
Chapter Seven Excerpt
“Tell me again why you can’t stay?” Tristan says as we stand in front of the elevator.
“Because it’s just not a good idea. And I don’t have anything to wear.”
“Actually, you do,” he says. “Mrs. Naven found some things in the laundry after you left. Problem solved.” He takes both my hands and backs up into the sitting room.
“Tristan, we still have some things to sort out. Tonight was great, but I still don’t think I’m cut out to be your submissive.”
“Just my submissive, Keisha?”
I drop my head. “No. Anyone’s.”
“You’re afraid you’ll have panic attacks again, aren’t you?”
I feel like I’m about to be swallowed up by the sincere blue eyes tracking and pinning mine so effectively I can’t look away. “Yes. And I’m no use to you if I can’t endure the scenes, particularly the occasional disciplinary consequences.”
“What if there was a way you could?” His finger traces a gentle path down my cheek.
“What do you mean?”
“Just what I said. If there was a way we could work around the panic attacks, would you come back? For good?”
“You mean until you perfect your exit strategy? That’s what you venture capitalists call it, don’t you?”
“Ah, someone’s been paying attention at our semiannual business meetings?”
“I have a rather exacting mentor who insists on being heard.”
“Asshole,” he says and pulls me close.
I place my hands on his chest in an effort to sustain some emotional equilibrium, but he doesn’t let me go. “I’m the one who’ll be ass-out when you lose confidence in your investment and decide it’s time to diversify your portfolio again.”
“I don’t think that’s going to happen anytime soon.” He draws me closer, palming my hips, and I get his point. Pun intended. “I can’t seem to get enough of you.”
I slip out of his arms and put some space between us. “Chemistry has never been an issue for us, Tristan. I know your lifestyle is important to you, and I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up.”
The truth is, I’m hopelessly in love with a man who hasn’t given me any indication that he will ever want a real relationship. Nothing has changed on that front. He still just wants just a Dominant/submissive relationship, which might enjoy a longevity his other arrangements haven’t had, but it will eventually end.
Can I really do this? I certainly don’t think I’ll become any less in love with him over time. Reentering a sexual relationship with Tristan now would be exceedingly counterproductive to the reasons I left in the first place, but I am hard-pressed to make myself walk away again.
Tristan moves so close behind me that I can feel the warmth of his skin, his breath wafting over my ear as he speaks. “We’ll take things slow—again.”
He runs a finger along my arm, and gooseflesh sprouts like ivy in its wake. I feel a pull toward him that can only be described as magnetic—my body eager to be reunited to his. Even though it could conceivably be more painful for me this time around, I’m not sure if leaving him again is within the realm of possibility. I can’t rationalize staying, but leaving becomes increasingly more difficult with each second I remain in his presence.
I turn to face him. “Slow isn’t necessarily going to keep the attacks at bay.” Or guard my heart if he decides he’s done with me.
“We’ll figure out a way to do that together.” He takes me into his arms again. “These three weeks have been . . . just please stay.”
I look into his eyes, and all I want to do at that moment is kiss him senseless. He may not have given me a declaration of love, but somehow I know this is as close as I’m going to get with a man like Tristan White. For now.
As an answer, I stand on my tiptoes, throw my arms around his neck, and kiss him with everything in me.
L. V. Lewis doesn’t have the financial means of Tristan White, but she wouldn’t want readers to go away from this new release empty handed, so she’s giving all readers the chance to win some fabulous prizes.
This time there are too many to list, but you can read the list and “Like” or “Follow” the Authors participating in my Release Day to enter the attached rafflecopter giveaway!
The giveaway will run from now until November 28, so like and follow my friends, then tweet about the giveaway daily to increase your odds of winning!
The giveaway will run from October 29th – November 28th.
During the week of October 29th – November 5th, Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever will be on sale for $.99!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
L. V. Lewis has one foot in South Georgia and the other in North Florida. She’s been blessed with a husband who’s put up with her for a lot of years and has given birth to four children, two of whom she has raised to adulthood and one to near adulthood. She delights in her almost empty nest status so much that she writes the kinkiest novels she can conjure up.
L. V. Lewis’s Exhaustive List of Contact Info:
The Blind Date is free on Amazon! I gave away pdf and epub copies a couple of weeks ago to anyone who’d like a copy for their ereader. Now it’s time for anyone with a Kindle or using the Kindle app to get their free copy. The book will be free until October 7th, after which it goes to the regular price of $2.99. Click here for your free copy: Amazon
In addition to giving away The Blind Date for free, I’m having a scavenger hunt contest as part of my virtual book tour to get the word out. I’ve been hosted by some great authors and sites that focus on romance. Check them out and you’ll probably find more books you’d like to read. You have nine days to submit your entries.
How many winners: Two lucky winners
- $20 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble
- Delaney Diamond T-shirt in large or extra large
- Delaney Diamond two-tone tote bag
- Delaney Diamond keychain
- an autographed copy of Hot Latin Men Vol. I
- an autographed copy of Hot Latin Men Vol. II
- four bookmarks with Delaney Diamond book covers
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to my blog. Prizes open to U.S. and international entrants.
How to enter: Correctly match each blog on my tour with its description. All answers can be found at the links I provided unless otherwise stated.
Deadline to enter: October 13, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST
Winners will be notified by email and announced on this contest post.
Blog Tour Stops:
Candace Shaw, Book Spotlight
Chicki Brown, Book Spotlight
Deatri King-Bey, Book Spotlight
Empi Baryeh, Book Spotlight
Eugenia O’Neal, First Date: 4 Clues That He’s Into You
IMRR Book Club, Sh*t My Heroes Say
JL Campbell, Book Spotlight
Kiru Taye, Book Spotlight
Long & Short Reviews, 4 Ways Romance Novels Ruined My Life
LV Lewis, Book Spotlight
MJ Kane, Book Spotlight
Nia Forrester, Book Spotlight
Romance Lives Forever, Interview
Romancing the Book, Book Spotlight
Romance Novels in Color, 4 Fun Ways to Jazz Up Your Book Club Meetings
Romance Junkies, Interview
Sharon Cooper, Interview
Synithia Williams, Sex is Not Just for the Bedroom
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I had to cancel the hop on my blog, but if you’d still like to participate, here’s the link to hop to the other blogs for a chance to win some awesome prizes.
There aren’t too many authors writing interracial romantic suspense, but you can count Stacy-Deanne among them. Her latest installment of the Bree and Steven series is called The Wild One, and she’s giving away five ecopies today. Let’s get started!
Tell us about yourself.
I’m a proud Texan. I was born, raised, and reside in Houston, Texas. I began writing professionally at the age of 19 years old in 1997. I got my first publishing contract in 2005. I write interracial romantic suspense and mysteries. I have always been a mystery buff so that’s where my love of mysteries comes from. Hitchcock is my idol when it comes to suspense. I also love Edgar Allan Poe. I’m single and I don’t have any kids or want any. I’m a big sports fan which is a requirement here in Texas. I love basketball and football! I love writing because it completes me and helps me deal with my inner demons. I can’t see myself doing anything else.
What has been your biggest mistake as an author?
This might sound silly, but I will say too much promoting. I tend to push myself way too hard when I promote and I’ve finally realized that’s not necessary. I believe that putting out more books and concentrating on that is better than most of the promotional things authors do. Most don’t work, especially these days. So I am no longer running myself raggedy with promotion. The best promotion is word of mouth which comes by continually getting new work out there.
Why should readers consider buying your books?
I bring something different to the table. If you’re a fan of interracial books then you won’t find many authors if any who write hardcore mysteries mixed with interracial romantic subplots. On the other hand if you are a big mystery fan you won’t find many authors mixing interracial romance into mysteries. If you love mysteries then you should read my books because I can provide a twist like no other. Every author has his or her own style and mine is definitely not lacking. I love what I do and I take writing seriously. To me, a reader reading my book is like us having sex. I wanna make sure I satisfy the reader and through that I get satisfaction. So whether a reader likes or didn’t like a book of mine, they will at least know I care about satisfying readers.
Which of your books has sold the best so far and why do you think that is?
Everlasting is my biggest selling book and still outsells my other books. It was released in 2007 by Simon and Schuster. Why it sells I believe is because it’s a street lit romance and Street Lit is huge with a very dedicated audience. Also it’s different than the average street novel. It’s a love story about two Latino teens whose relatives have connections to violent street gangs. The boy and girl fall in love and the plot is what I describe as Romeo and Juliet of the New Millennium. Readers LOVE it and I still continue to get fan mail about that book. I’m glad that the readers got what I was trying to accomplish. Everlasting, to me is not a street novel but a love story and readers understand that and find it very touching and passionate.
What was the nicest comment or most interesting question you’ve received from a reader?
I appreciate all the fan mail and kind words I get from readers but the most touching was about four years ago when a teenage girl wrote me and said I inspired her to become a writer. That meant the world to me because she not only liked my book, but she liked me as a person to the point where she wanted to be like me. It’s something to see how I impacted her in such a way. Anyone can say they enjoyed your book and that’s great, but when someone says you make them wanna do what you do…that’s amazing.
Are you a good girlfriend? Explain why or why not.
I’m caring and considerate, but I don’t consider myself the ideal girlfriend because I’m set in my ways. I am VERY set in my ways. I don’t like change at all. I’m selfish in that way and I admit that. I can adjust if I have to, but I am not one that likes change. I am someone who craves my space as well. I don’t like people around me all the time or constantly, in fact it makes me irritable if people are constantly around me. I can love you but do you have to be all up under me? LOL! I’m also a homebody to the point of reclusive so I am not one who is going to go out all the time. If someone wants someone outgoing, it’s not me.
Romantic relationships, honestly I can take them or leave them. Right now I’m leaving them. I wanna be able to do what I wanna do without having to worry about others. I’m doing my own thing and even though I’m still young enough to change, I don’t see myself changing. This is who I am. If a guy expects me to change for him, then I definitely won’t be his ideal girlfriend. LOL!
Guest Post: Introducing The Wild Life
About the book:
When Albany Detective Brianna “Bree” Morris learns that Cuban crime lord Milan Varela wants her estranged father dead, she heads off to Miami to find out why. With Homicide Detective Jayce Matthews and her ex-lover Detective Steven Kemp she devises a plot to get close to the Varela organization.
Brianna finds herself attracted to the older Milan and falls deep into his web of seduction while fighting to keep her mind on her mission. Milan is equally drawn to Brianna and vows to win her trust and her heart.
Is Milan really the villain when it comes to Brianna’s father? Or is he the victim?
Is Brianna’s father really in danger or is there more to the story than anyone could ever imagine?
Brianna risks her life to save her father’s but will she end up losing her own?
Albany Detectives Brianna “Bree” Morris and Steven Kemp originate from my ’08 novel Melody. I fell in love with them instantly and I knew there was more I wanted to explore with these characters. Readers enjoyed Bree and Steven more than the main characters in Melody. Something just sparked with them. Bree is black and Steven is white. Not only are they professional partners but they used to be together romantically. Throughout the series the two have different romantic adventures with others, but their friendship remains strong.
How Readers Get More Insight to Bree in this Book:
I believe that with a series, readers get to know the characters through glimpses here and there. The Wild Life is the first book that goes into detail about Bree’s life. Readers get a glimpse into Bree’s childhood and her strained relationship with her father, George. When people see what Bree went through as a kid, it will give them a better understanding as to why she is the way she is with men and relationships.
Why Existing Fans of the Series will Enjoy The Wild Life:
I’m confident that existing fans will enjoy this book. With each release I hope to satisfy readers more and more. From the advanced reviews I’ve gotten, I think they’ll find The Wild Life better than the previous installments. The story is quite different from the other two because it takes place in Miami, and this installment focuses on Bree and her upbringing.
Buy it now: Amazon
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Welcome blog hoppers! If this is your first visit to my blog, I’m Delaney Diamond, and I write sweet, sensual, and passionate African-American and interracial romance.
I’m excited to be participating in the Loving Day Blog Hop. It’s hard to believe that less than 50 years ago there were still states that didn’t allow interracial marriage. One of those states was Georgia, where I currently reside. Imagine being thrown into jail because the person you loved and married happened to be of another race! Hard to fathom nowadays because the last of those laws were repealed on June 12, 1967 when the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck them down in the Loving v. Virginia case.
Pew Research statistics find that interracial marriages are on the rise, with 1 in 12 (8 percent) married couples in the U.S. being interracial. Here are some more interesting facts from their research:
Black men are two times more likely to marry someone of another race or ethnicity than Black women. (More Black women are exercising their options nowadays, so I definitely see that gap closing in years to come.)
Asian women are two times more likely to marry someone of another race or ethnicity than Asian men.
In the Western states, 22 percent of newlyweds married someone of a different race or ethnicity between 2008 and 2010, compared to 14 percent in the South, 13 percent in the Northeast and 11 percent in the Midwest.
ART IMITATING LIFE?
Looking at these figures, it’s clear to me that the increased popularity of interracial romance (IR) novels are a direct result of art imitating life. One of the reasons I enjoy writing and reading romance is the underlying belief that despite all the obstacles facing the hero and heroine, love will prevail. In IR novels, we have the opportunity to see people cross cultural and racial lines to find their happily ever after, sometimes battling through stereotypes and cultural miscommunication, but more often than not dealing with the same issues, desires, and dreams of those in non-IR relationships.
For those of you unfamiliar with my books, here is my list of interracial romance novels, all featuring Latin men.
Fight for Love
The Ultimate Merger (FREE, short story prequel)
Worth Waiting For (this is a “clean”/sweet romance)
Visit my Sensual and Sweet tabs to read the blurbs and first chapters of these books.
Prize 1: One winner will receive a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card (you must be a subscriber to this blog)
Prize 2: One winner will receive his/her choice of an ecopy of one of my interracial romance novels.
How to enter: Fill out the form below.
Deadline to enter: 11:59 pm PST. Tomorrow, winners will be contacted via email and your names posted in the comments.
Next blog stop: Vivi Dumas
My special guest is interracial romance author, Koko Brown. I’ve read a couple of her books and they were filled with humor and witty dialogue. Today she’s sharing details about her latest release, Jezebel, a romance set in the 1930′s, and she’s giving away an ecopy to one lucky commenter. Let’s get started!
Tell us about yourself…
I’m a Florida native with an active imagination. I started writing for others at the age of eight when I published a newspaper for my fellow classmates. After one bestselling issue, the principal put me out of business because it conflicted with the school’s official newspaper. Personally, I believe he shut me done because my paper was 100% better than what they were producing. When I’m not writing, I love to travel, sell/buy vintage clothing, go to baseball games to ogle all the players in tight pants (Go Nats/Blue Jays!), ride motorcycles and workout.
What is the most romantic gesture you’ve ever received?
The most romantic gesture I’ve ever received would probably be a marriage proposal. I’ve had four and turned down every single one. So…maybe they weren’t that romantic after all.
What type of music do you listen to?
I have a huge Love Jones for music from the 1950s.
What are your favorite types of movies to watch?
I’m a vintage type of gal (one of the reasons why I find nirvana in thrift stores) so my favorite movies are classic films. I’m a huge fan of James Dean, Marlon Brando and Betty Davis. Thank God for Turner Classic Movies!
What types of books are on your bookshelf at home?
I have all, and I mean all, of Johanna Lindsey’s books many of them with the original covers created by artist Elaine Duillo. I also have a ton of books from or by authors who were instrumental during the Harlem Renaissance.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?
I could live anywhere in the world as long as I have a hot guy as a companion.
What is your dream car and why?
My favorite dream car is a 1959 Lincoln 300 in black with red leather interior because it screams cool.
What is your favorite body part on a man?
The V-cut in lower abdominals.
Tell me your favorite pick up line, and did it work on you or for you?
A line that seems to work with guys is, “hey superstar.” Don’t ask me why, but it works every time.
What inspired you to write your latest release?
I was inspired to write Jezebel because I’m essentially an old soul and I love that particular time period in American History. The early 20th century was abysmal due to the world wars, the economy and society’s misogynist/racist mindset, but the history and culture was so rich you can’t help but be drawn to it. I was equally inspired by the fact that most of my family is from the Harlem, NY area. My grandparents and great aunts/uncles moved there in the early 1930s during the Great Migration. They worked hard and played even harder, so the book is kind of a tribute to them.
Is there a scene in the book you particularly enjoy?
I think my favorite scene in Jezebel would have to be the morning after Shane and Celeste become intimate. Shane is acting like the typical man from that period in that he wants Celeste to sit home while he continues to be the breadwinner. She isn’t having it because she’s worked to become a headliner on the vaudeville circuit. Her dialogue in the scene was inspired by Marlon Brando’s iconic “I could’ve been a contender” speech from On the Waterfront.
You and I need to have a sit-down so you can tell me the secret to getting four proposals. Before we do that, tell us about Jezebel.
Celeste Newsome is a good time girl with plenty of personal demons. The beautiful dancer holds them at bay with late night benders, plenty of hooch and the company of the opposite sex.
Determined to never let anyone change her bad girl ways, and risk discovery of her Achilles heel, Celeste is turned inside out when Shane Brennan walks into her life. The handsome prizefighter slowly chips away at the hard-hearted Hannah’s defenses and becomes the only man capable of taming her wild heart.
“You got me, daddy. Now what are you going to do?” Celeste asked, proud her voice didn’t quake like her insides.
“You’re a real party girl aren’t you?” He brushed his hands over her forearms and Celeste called on all her reserves and years of experience to keep from wrapping her legs around his waist. “You’re all fun and games.”
Not the least bit insulted, but the consummate flirt Celeste touched her finger against the tip of his nose. “There’s nothing wrong with having a good time as long as no one gets hurt.”
His green eyes darkened to a dark coffee color and his nostrils flared. Even though she wanted to run for cover, Celeste held her ground.
“Even at another’s expense?” he asked.
Called on the carpet more than once in her life, Celeste studied her polished fingernails. “There wasn’t any harm done.”
“No harm done?” Fascinated, Celeste watched his Adam’s apple bob with each syllable.
“Nope,” Celeste replied cheerfully. His dark mood seemed to lighten hers. Anger was so much more manageable than kindness. With a coquettish tilt of her head, she traced the edge of his jacket lapel with a finger. “Don’t have a hissy, daddy. All of this can be rectified quite easily. After tonight we’ll simply steer clear of each other.”
Celeste ignored the pang of regret her words caused. Somehow and in the most surprising way possible, he’d crawled under her skin. He made it impossible for her to think about anything except the two of them naked rolling around in clean white sheets.
“That’s not going to work for me. I’m calling in the favor and aim to collect.”
“You won’t get any objections here,” Celeste gushed in relief. Then in a purely submissive move, she placed her arms behind her back and leaned against the wall.
To her surprise, his gaze narrowed and she faltered. Had they not been on the same page? He didn’t help matters by simply standing there with his trap sealed shut. He was probably married, why hadn’t she thought of that earlier?
Embarrassed by her faux pas, Celeste felt her cheeks explode with heat. Thankfully, her dusky skin hid her humiliation. In an effort to save face, she ripped open her purse. “How about I even the score. Let me buy the next round.”
“I’m in training,” Shane reminded.
“You said that earlier, and yet you also sucked down a stogie. I doubt one of those can be good for an eight rounder.”
Shane’s eyebrow lifted as if surprised by her answer. She might be a floozy from Brooklyn, but as a performer on the road more than not, Celeste had seen more of the world in the past three years than most people would in their entire life.
“It’s ten maybe twelve rounds depending on the promoter,” he corrected.
Celeste blushed furiously. Not only had she failed at seducing him, but her attempt at impressing him fell pathetically short.
“Not many dames know the technicalities of boxing. I’m impressed.”
Even though she wouldn’t have admitted it to anyone, even under the threat of death, his compliment thrilled her from her natural roots to the tips of her toes.
Suddenly bashful and woefully out of her element, Celeste dipped her head. Not for long, Shane thumbed her under the chin until she met his gaze.
Prize: An ecopy of Jezebel.
To enter, answer the following question below: Shane Brennan, the hero in Jezebel, is patterned after the quintessential matinee idol. He’s the tall silent type, a man’s man. What’s your classic movie star crush?
Readers, leave your comments and questions for Koko below. And don’t forget to answer the question for a chance to win a copy of Jezebel!