Monday, July 18, 2016




One Sunday Morning At At Time

By 

BLESSEDselling Author E.N. Joy




What does crazy look like? Let Deborah tell it, it's the reflection that looks back at her in the mirror. She has a career she loves, two beautiful children and a handsome and successful husband. Her life seems to be the blueprint almost every woman she knows would kill to live. But working full-time, being a full-time mother, full-time wife and a full-time Sunday only Christian seems to be taking its toll on her. With all the scheming and shenanigans Deborah orchestrated to get this lifestyle, she might have to come up with a whole set of new ones to maintain it.

Lynox is Deborah's husband who she thanks God for putting back into her life after a game of cat and mouse that defies the laws of romance. He feels that all Deborah needs is to let her hair down, maybe make some new friends and live a little. When Deborah agrees and then suspects Lynox of having an affair with the woman that he suggested she form a friendship with, will he live to regret his own advice?


About The Author


BLESSEDselling Author E. N. Joy is the author behind the “New Day Divas,” “Still Divas,” “Always Divas” and “Forever Divas" series, all which have been coined “Soap Operas in Print.” She is an Essence Magazine Bestselling Author who wrote secular books under the names Joylynn M. Jossel and JOY. Her title, If I Ruled the World, earned her a book blurb from Grammy Award Winning Artist, Erykah Badu. An All Night Man, an anthology she penned with New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Jackson, earned the Borders bestselling African American romance award. Her Urban Fiction title, Dollar Bill (Triple Crown Publications), appeared in Newsweek and has been translated to Japanese.

After thirteen years of being a paralegal in the insurance industry, E. N. Joy divorced her career and married her mistress and her passion; writing. In 2000, she formed her own publishing company where she published her books until landing a book deal with St. Martin's Press. This award winning author has been sharing her literary expertise on conference panels in her home town of Columbus, Ohio as well as cities across the country. She also conducts publishing/writing workshops for aspiring writers.

Her children’s book titled The Secret Olivia Told Me, written under the name N. Joy, received a Coretta Scott King Honor from the American Library Association. The book was also acquired by Scholastic Books and has sold almost 100,000 copies. Elementary and middle school children have fallen in love with reading and creative writing as a result of the readings and workshops E. N. Joy instructs in schools nationwide.

In addition, she is the artistic developer for a young girl group named DJHK Gurls. She pens original songs, drama skits and monologues for the group that deal with messages that affect today’s youth, such as bullying.

After being the first content development editor for Triple Crown Publications and ten years as the acquisitions editor for Carl Weber's Urban Christian imprint, E. N. Joy now does freelance editing, ghostwriting, write-behinds and literary consulting. Her clients have included New York Times Bestselling authors, entertainers, aspiring authors, as well as first-time authors. Some notable literary consulting clients include actor Christian Keyes, singer Olivia Longott and Reality Television star Shereé M. Whitfield.

Connect with her at http://enjoywrites.com/

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Marriage In The Hot Seat: Free Fridays By Pat Tucker

Free Fridays

By

Pat Tucker



Book Overview

A provocative contemporary romance that poses complex questions about modern marriage: How much time should a couple remain together before they can call their marriage a success? Why does divorce automatically mean failure? And can the institution of marriage evolve with our changing times?
For Leela and Riley Franklin, the seven-year itch is an all too real phenomenon. After they celebrate their eighth wedding anniversary, and witness some of their closest friends calling it quits, the two agree to try something unorthodox to avoid going down the same predictable path. That’s when Free Fridays is born.
The last Friday of every month is free: Leela and Riley get an unconditional free pass. They can do whatever they want, with whomever, wherever, with no questions asked, the one rule being that there are no strings attached. At first, it seems like the perfect arrangement. Both Leela and Riley are enjoying their cake as they get to eat it, too.
But it doesn’t take long before trouble rears its ugly head. Soon, they realize that you can’t always get what you want but sometimes—that’s okay.

Getting To Know Pat Tucker



By day, Pat Tucker works as a radio news director in Houston, Texas. By night, she is a talented writer with a knack for telling page-turning stories. She is the author of Somebody Has to Pay, The Cocktail Club, Sideline Scandals, Party Girl, Daddy’s Maybe, Football Widows (soon to be a movie), Daddy by Default, and Lachez (an original e-short). She is the coauthor with Earl Sewell of Loyalty Among Friends and A Social Affair and has participated in three anthologies, including New York Times bestselling author Zane’s Caramel Flava. A graduate of San Jose State University, Pat is a member of the National and Houston Association of Black Journalists and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She is married with two children.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Can You Handle The Truth?


Do What You Gotta Do
By
Christine Young-Robinson

Synopsis

In this sizzling story of family drama, money, and seduction, one woman’s desire for a luxurious lifestyle leads her to prey on a vulnerable man—until his father’s suspicions threaten to undo everything.  Aniyah Sanchez is a wild, sexy, and seductive woman—and has just been released from prison for crimes of fraud, kidnapping, and embezzlement.
Without parents to turn to, she’s surprised when her aunt Tessa comes to her rescue and sets her up in an apartment until she can find work. But Aniyah is determined to move out and start a new life her own way—by finding a wealthy man who can provide the extravagant lifestyle she longs for.
That man turns out to be Jarvis Powell, Jr., who finds Aniyah very attractive and gives her a job at one of the banks owned by his father. There’s just one problem: Jarvis’s father is suspicious of Aniyah and will do everything in his power to protect the family legacy…especially from a woman he suspects is trying to ensnare his son to get to the family fortune.
Now, with Jarvis, Sr. watching her like a hawk, Aniyah is more determined than ever to win over his son. Will the bond of a father and son undo her plan, or will she finally get her chance at a new beginning?

Getting To Know The Author



Award-winning author, Christine Young-Robinson, is a wife, mother and grandmother. She resides in South Carolina.
No stranger to the literary world, Christine has spent the last few years working with her children’s books. Her short story, Miss Amy’s Last Ride was featured in the anthology, Proverbs for the People, edited by Tracy Price-Thompson and TaRessa Stovall, published by Kensington. We Didn't See It Coming is her first novel. Her latest novel is Do What You Gotta Do.
A lover of reading, Christine is the co-chairperson of Eleuthera Book Club. She belongs to numerous social networks.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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Tumika Patrice Cain is an award-winning author, media personality, publisher, founder of Say What?? Book Club and motivator. Through her written and verbal expressions, Tumika aims to encourage, empower and uplift others to live their best, most authentic life. Through her weekly radio show, Living Abundantly with Tumika Patrice Cain, she offers practical methods to identify mindsets, patterns, and behaviors that interfere with one's ability to live the abundant life, as presented in John 10:10. An advocate for indie authors, Tumika works tirelessly to level the playing field between traditional publishers, traditionally published authors and indie authors, providing a myriad of opportunities to train, coach, promote and expose the works of authors who excel in the literary arts and who are serious about their craft. She is also the host of Say What?? Author Spotlights and In the Spotlight internet radio shows.Her works can be found in a number of anthologies, blogs, and publications. She is also a columnist and book reviewer for PEN'Ashe Magazine. Sharon Lucas Sharon Richardson Lucas ~ a retired wife, mother, grandmother, avid reader, book club president and event plannner can now add the coveted title 'Published Author' to her list of accomplishments and cross it off her Bucket List. Please click on the links below to read more about Sharon's journey!

Are You Ready For The Truth? The Book of Jacquie




By 

Jacquelin Thomas

Synopsis 

The Book of Jacquie offers words of wisdom, hope and encouragement in a world filled with wounded spirits, tangled in roots of anger and bitterness, rejection and the storms of life. According to Jacquelin Thomas, "We can't change the world, but we are certainly in control of how we respond to life situations in order to retain the power and control of our happiness."

Excerpt

I love me! Say it with me: I love me, myself and I … There is nothing like loving yourself. It is not a narcissistic kind of love, but the kind that God created in us. God is love and He created us in His own image. However, there are some of us who do not believe that we are loved. If we ask ourselves, how can we not love ourselves? We have to ignore the voice in our head—you know the one. The one that is quick to recite a list of reasons why we should place our focus on self-hate. I have often wondered how many times  have I offended God by self-loathing. Imagine your son or daughter coming to you and saying, “I wish I were born white or didn’t have hair like this. I look ugly this way …” It would break my heart to hear my children say something like this. God allows us to go through life’s challenges to build our character. It was God who spoke my worth into my spirit and opened my eyes to the person He created in me. Because of my experiences growing up, I worked hard to build my children up—I showed them love instead of loathing. I encouraged them to value themselves above all else and to demand respect. I also taught them to respect others. I will not pretend to have it all together because there are still life lessons to be learned. However, I can share what I have learned so far and that is if I want others to see my value and worth as the daughter of a King—I have to first recognize her when I look at my reflection in the mirror.

There are people who thrive on making themselves seem more superior than others. They boast and brag on just about everything. And of course, they live perfect lives and nothing bad ever happens to them… It’s not Halloween so just remove the masks. Your life in your “mansion” is no better than the life of a person living on the streets. Sure you may be surrounded by expensive furnishings and not a cardboard box, but in the grand scheme of things is that the fabulous house you live in may be filled with hell and plagued with unhappiness. That wonderful spouse you want the world to believe you have—you know the  one you boast nonstop about—he probably is a serial cheater, a liar, an abuser, gambler, etc. You get my point. He may not be as perfect as you’d like everyone to think. It’s okay to want to share your happiness but check your motives. Is it a testimony or a chance to say: my life is better than yours… Your true friends love you whether you live in a mansion or a mobile home. I get so tired of being around women who feel the need to pull out a measuring stick. “I just bought the new  and it cost a thousand dollars. Blah, blah, blah.” “Look at why my just insisted I had to have. I simply can’t live in a house less than five thousand square feet. I mean, coming from this house, what would our friends think?” Who really cares? I live my life for me. I can only be myself The Book of Jacquie  and if being me offends you…then you have a decision to make because I’m not going to put on a mask of who you think I should be or how I should act. Wearing masks are exhausting. It’s so much more freeing to just be you. If God has blessed you richly, enjoy it and remain humble. Let it be a testimony to God’s goodness. Do not use your blessings to lord it over others or to make yourself seem superior. You may be stepping in high cotton now, but eventually, the season may change. The most important thing to take away from this is that nobody really cares where you live, what you drive or what you wear—at least not the people who truly care for you anyway. And as for that perfect marriage of yours—I pray it is truly everything you say it is, but if it is not then I suggest you spend less time bragging and more times on bended knee in pray

About The Author



Jacquelin Thomas is an award winning, best selling author with 50+ titles published. Her books have garnered several awards, including two EMMA awards, the Romance In Color Reviewers Award, Readers Choice Award and the Atlanta Choice Award in the Religious & Spiritual category. Jacquelin was a 2005 honoree at the Houston Black Film Festival for the movie adaptation of her novel, Hidden Blessings. She was the first recipient to receive the Writers Achievement Award at the North Carolina Book Festival in Winston-Salem. She also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times Magazine.

Jacquelin has published in the romance, women's fiction, inspirational and young adult genres. Her second book in the YA series, Divine Confidential was nominated for a 2008 NAACP Image Award. Jacquelin is the publishing manager of Jacquelin Thomas Presents, an imprint of Brown Girls Publishing.

Jacquelin is happily married to her best friend and is the proud mother of three children. Jacquelin and her family live in North Carolina.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

What Happens When A Man Loves A Woman?


By Tumika Cain

When a Man Loves a Woman: A Love Divine, is a story of hope, accepting love, embracing one’s personal truths, and making no apologies for it.

Synopsis

Jacquie remembered a time when she was once a tender, caring, hopeless romantic.  But happily-ever-after’s and once-upon-a-time fairytales, proved over time to be just that – fairytales.  After what she feels has been “a lifetime” of true love eluding her, she loses all hope, resigning to live a single (and loveless) existence. As time passes, she shifts her focus, choosing to concentrate on her career and makes the best of it…alone.
Gorgeous, artsy and charismatic was the man who Jacquie’s eyes fell upon, causing her heart to beat in a rhythm she’d forgotten existed.  Michael was more than enough man to make her lose herself inside dreams of a future interwoven with the very fabric of all that defined the beauty of being in love.
But just like in fairytales, there’s always something out of place.  For alas, this knight in chocolate armor, was twelve years her junior – an age gap that defined a cultural difference and a major problem for Jacquie’s overbearing mother.  Will pressure from family and other obligations turn their love into a nightmare? Or can Michael and Jacquie tune out the rest of the world, embrace the sweetness that they share, and build a foundation that lasts?
In book two of the series, When a Man Loves a Woman: A Love Divine, is a story of hope, accepting love, embracing one’s personal truths, and making no apologies for it.

Meet The Characters

Meet Jacquie: She's a beautiful, single, almost 40 year old BBW who has never been married, has no children and has given up hope that it will ever happen for her. A real salt of the earth type of woman, she's gentle, loyal, loving...and unfortunately, unfulfilled in her carefully controlled existence. Will she ever be able to see her dreams fulfilled?

Meet Michael: He is young, gorgeous, artsy and free. A real solid individual, he's all about his business and not playing any games. Having a relationship is also the farthest thing from his mind! And then he meets Jacquie...

For Jacquie, Michael is everything she's been told she should stay away from. For Michael, Jacquie is the dream he didn't even realize he was waiting to come true.


Excerpt


Jacquie didn’t know exactly when it happened. She just knew that it did. She found herself in love. And what was funniest of all was how different he was than what she’d always thought she wanted or been told she should want. He was twelve years her junior, but more man than anyone who had ever come before him. Dealing with him was like a welcomed cool lakeside breeze on a scorching summer day.

Michael was everything she’d ever dreamed of, but didn’t know that she needed or wanted. Tender. Sweet. Attentive. Strong, but not overbearing. All things cool. So opposite of her in many ways, yet so like her in many ways that mattered. It was a perfect fit.

There was a vibrancy about him that instantly caused everything in her to perk up and take notice. He made her want to wear bright colored clothing and flowers in her hair. Big hoop earrings and sexy sandals to show off blood red toenails and fresh pedicures. This was such a huge shift for her. Always prone to muted colors and conservative clothing, she had been raised to subdue everything about herself, almost to the point of extinction of her authentic self. At times she didn't quite know what to make of the changes taking place in her life. When it became scary, she urged herself to press on pass the fear. This was such a great time to be alive, and for the first time in her life, she actually found that she was happy to be in the land of the living.

It’s funny, but she hadn’t realized how much of a drag her life was until being in his presence made her feel so alive. Made her wonder how long had she been walking around half dead just waiting on someone to breathe life into her. Well, whatever he had, made her spirit soar high above the clouds. In his presence, she became a bird; free to roam, to fly unhindered, to just be. He was the key that unlocked the cage she’d lived in her entire life. Suddenly, she felt years younger. Almost how the teenage years should have been if she hadn’t been so bogged down with responsibilities and pressures. Finally, she felt like other girls looked: youthful, carefree, lovely. She was loving every minute of it!

Old behaviors didn’t just disappear overnight. The practicalities making up her personality were still very much alive and at work. What was different was a newness to get out from under the mundane and do something…anything!…new. This new found state put her in a place where she could dream again. Come to think of it, she couldn’t remember the last time she’d dreamed about doing anything. Clueless as to how to change her life, the dreams slowly faded away like the last refrain of a song. Repeat, repeat, then fade, fade, fade until finally it was gone. Over. Finito. That’s what happened to Jacquie. Her dreams had died into the empty pause that lives between songs. He was her new song.

This season would start with a fresh hairdo. The signature wrap, although lovely and perfectly coiffed, would have to go. Surely she could find some sort of sweeping updo that could be versatile enough for both day and night, work and play. Until the right look came along, Jacquie found herself really studying the looks of other women who had some of what she felt being birthed in her spirit. That’s what made her decide to finally let the soft coral nail color go in search of something vibrant and popping. Yep….fire engine red. How about that?! She found a similar color for her lips, as well as a plum, bronze and a translucent shade to switch up her looks.

Clothing was next. Flirty skirts, fitted tops, and big belts replaced stiff suits and pleated pants. And for leisure, she went all out. Wide-legged pants, fitted jeans, long tops, high heeled boots, funky jewelry. She was absolutely loving this transformation. Her new colors were extreme. Orange, fuchsia, lime green, hot pink, reds, plums, emeralds, bronze, cobalt – even in the winter. A host of jewel tones to help celebrate her new found Queendom. Yes, it was high time a daughter of royalty looked like one. She had been a King’s kid living beneath her privilege for far too long.

Meet Tumika




Tumika Patrice Cain is an award-winning author and media personality whose works center around the complexities of the human experience. Through her writing she takes a global look at issues that affect women and crafts authentic, well-rounded characters and plots so rich that are so relatable they feel like personal friends to the readers. She is also the founder of Say What?? Book club, book reviewer, contributing writer for The Belief Magazine, and former columnist/book reviewer for PEN'Ashe Magazine. Her works center around the complexities of the human experience and in uplifting the spirit. An assignment for a second grade class sparked her interest in writing that would quickly become her raison d'etre. As an educator, she wholeheartedly believes that each one should reach one; each one should teach one. Tumika is also a respected editor and publisher. When she is not writing, she may be found teaching writer's workshops, blogging, volunteering, and otherwise beautifying the world around her. She is the author of the award winning novel, When a Man Loves a Woman: A Season of Change; After the Rain...a Poetry Collective; and The Heart of a Woman: Poetry, Short Stories & Tekaisms. Book 2 of the When a Man Loves a Woman series will be released in April 2016. Her works have been published in a number of anthologies, magazines and periodicals. You may follow her on Facebook: Tumika Patrice Cain and on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest & Goodreads: @TumikaPatrice. www.TumikaPatrice.com

Tumika Patrice Cain is changing lives one word at a time...


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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Are You Ready For The Perfect Find?


 The Perfect Find

A sassy novel that takes you on a journey.

Will a forty-year-old woman with everything on the line – her high-stakes career, ticking biological clock, bank account – risk it all for an intensely lusty secret romance with the one person who could destroy her comeback, for good?

Jenna Jones, former It-girl fashion editor, is broke and desperate for a second chance. When she’s dumped by her longtime fianc√© and fired from Darling magazine, she begs for a job from her old arch nemesis, Darcy Vale. The publisher of StyleZine.com, Darcy agrees to hire her rival – only because her fashion site needs a jolt from Jenna’s old school cred. But Jenna soon realizes she’s in over her head. She’s working with digital-savvy millennials half her age, has never even “Twittered,” and pretends to still be a Fashion Somebody while living a style lie (she sold her designer wardrobe to afford her sketched-out studio, and now quietly wears Walmart’s finest). Worse? The twenty-two-year-old videographer assigned to shoot her web series is driving her crazy. 



Excerpt

The Refectory had once been a dorm for monks, and looked it. Elodie had taken 
advantage of the gothic, cathedral-esque space by going for an "Eyes Wide Shut" vibe with the decor. Billowing, sheer white curtains sectioned off six separate areas - each with its own bar. Crimson candles dripped on to every surface, massive gold chandeliers hung from the arched ceilings; and overstuffed purple velvet chaises were arranged in darkened, sexy corners. As was custom with any event where models were the centerpiece, there were men everywhere.

The book party's crowd was a sampling from every scene, a perfect storm of NYC nightlife. The Weekend and Drake were blaring - but no one was dancing, except for the guest of honor's fellow Victoria's Secret models (who had allowed their lingerie to be used for the canine portraits in the gauche photography book everyone was celebrating). Posed in clusters throughout were their boy-model counterparts, dressed in lumberjack shirts and reeking of Parliaments and Bushwick boredom. Holding court at the bar were the Suits, who kept the scene going by financing most of Elodie's celebrity pet projects.

Hovering above the crowd was a handful of NBA and NFL stars, who were a must at these things, because both the models and the Suits appreciated them. And then there were a few chic hookers (these were for the Suits too charmless to score a model). Weaving throughout were bespectacled, indie-cute journalists on the arts/lifestyle beat, and young fashion girls, who were as sexy as the models, but short and poor. Jenna hadn't been in the room for two seconds before her best friend grabbed her arm.

"I found you a man," said Elodie, who'd spent the last twenty minutes shirking her event-planning duties to play matchmaker for Jenna. "All I know is he went to Yale and he's a radiologist. He's walking toward us now."

"Wait! I'm not ready..."

"You haven't had sex since the Bush administration. You're ready." She shoved a glass of champagne at Jenna.

"Dialo Banin! This is Jenna Jones. Jenna, this good man has been dying to meet you. Talk amongst yourselves, while I go bounce a few VH1 reality show whores."  With that rushed introduction, Elodie dashed off into the crowd. Dialo stood in front of Jenna, affixing her with a brilliant white smile. He was wearing an achingly expensive suit, a tangerine day scarf arranged just so, and aviators. Indoors. At night.

"So...what were your other two wishes?"

"I'm sorry?"

"Where's your sense of humor, hon?" he asked, smiling. "It was an icebreaker."

"Oh! Well, ice broken." Coming from this man, with his florid accent, in that getup, the "wishes" line sounded like a come-on that Truman Capote would've delivered at a dude disco in Vegas.

"Would you like to sit down?"

"I'd love to," she said, making a mental note to destroy Elodie for this. Dialo touched her elbow and led her over to an itty-bitty reserved cocktail table flanked by two high-backed, wrought iron chairs. He sat back in his chair, stretching out his legs. There was now no room for her under the table, so she wrapped her ankles around her chair legs, like a schoolgirl. Nervous, she folded her hands in her lap, and then accidentally lasered-in on Dialo's burgundy velvet YSL slippers. Jenna understood exactly who Dialo was. He was one of those fake-flashy Euro neo-dandies who hung "WC" signs on the bathroom doors in their Murray Hill rentals.

"I have to admit, I'm not a book enthusiast. But I'm glad I came," he said, stroking his chin. "You're lucky to be here."

"I know, it's a great party."

"No, I mean you're lucky to be here. With me. I don't usually date black women. But when I Googled you on my phone, I had to make an exception."

"Huh. But you're black. Why don't you..." She stopped talking, because she noticed that Dialo wasn't even looking at her. He peered over her shoulder. She darted her eyes in that direction, and saw a group of twenty-year-olds in tiny dresses - the knockoff version of hers.

An hour before, Jenna had felt a degree of excitement while getting dressed for her first night out since returning to New York. She'd almost felt like a dewy-eyed recent college grad, heading out for a naughty night of club-hopping
and hopefully getting pawed by a baby Leo DiCaprio in VIP. But her options were no longer limitless. She was decades older, and being ignored by a fancypants douche she wasn't even attracted to.

"I'm black," he continued, "but not American black like you. I'm from Ghana via London. And relax, I just find white women to be more easygoing."

"Ohhh, you're one of those." Jenna swirled her straw in her drink, trying to figure out how to lose this bozo. "But I'm clearly black, so why are you here?"

"I do enjoy some biracial women, which is what I figured you were from your pictures. So you get a pass, love." He cackled.


Sipping Tea With Tia Williams



Called "impossibly talented" by Lucky magazine and "Carrie Bradshaw with melanin and a blowout" by Heart and Soul, Tia Williams is the ultimate style insider. Known for her witty, sexy, tell-it-like-it-is style, the novelist is a veteran magazine beauty editor (she's worked Elle, Lucky, Glamour, Teen People, and Essence.com), and in 2005, she created one of the first beauty blogs, the award-winning Shake Your Beauty. She's the best-selling author of THE ACCIDENTAL DIVA and the IT CHICKS series, and co-writer of Iman's THE BEAUTY OF COLOR. Her blog and books have been featured in The New York Times, Essence, WWD, The Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and The San Francisco Chronicle. Currently a copy director at Estee Lauder Companies, Tia lives in Brooklyn with her 7-year-old diva daughter and all of their various accessories. 

Follow Tia for chit-chat, beauty babble, and book updates:
Twitter: @shakeyourbeauty


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