December KU Challenge

Thursday, December 1, 2016



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Longing for a trip to Jamaica?

Saturday, November 26, 2016

This weekend, I've put several titles on special, so if you've been longing for a visit to Jamaica, here's your opportunity if you're an armchair adventurer. If you like women's fiction that's centred around family, that's even better! 


Buy Links:

13 Steps to Distraction - http://lrd.to/A-Bakers-Dozen
Distraction - http://lrd.to/distraction
Retribution - http://lrd.to/retribution
Absolution - http://lrd.to/absolution
The Short Game - http://lrd.to/short-game



Enjoy the Thanksgiving Shop & Hop

Friday, November 25, 2016


Autumn background with pumpkin and leaves

Welcome to the Thanksgiving Facebook Hop,

hosted by Boxed Romance Bargains!

With tons of prizes from over 100 authors and bloggers, including Amazon gift cards, it’s a great way to spend your Thanksgiving Weekend!

Don’t miss out! Visit one, or all to participate. Easy entries.

Meet some new authors! Discover some awesome blogs.

Most of all…have fun!

The Thanksgiving Shop & Hop starts here!

Find a broken link? Use the master list:

A One-Click Addict's Book Blog https://www.facebook.com/AOneClickAddictsLiteraryBlog/
Author Kathleen Kelly https://www.facebook.com/kathleenkellyauthor/?fref=ts
Abbie Roads Author https://www.facebook.com/AbbieRoadsAuthor/
Real Talk Book Talk http://www.facebook.com/realbooktalk
A Dirty Book Affair http://facebook.com/ADIRTYBOOKAFFAIR
Author Alyson Reynolds Www.facebook.com/authoralysonreynolds
Tracy A. Ball https://www.facebook.com/Tra3Ball/
Amie Stuart https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAmieStuart/
Author Amy L Gale https://www.facebook.com/Amy-Gale-540928695977160/
Andie M. Long writer https://www.facebook.com/andiemlongwriter/
Twinsie Talk www.facebook.com/twinsietalk
Ani Gonzalez Author https://www.facebook.com/AniGonzalezAuthor/
Anne Stone Author https://www.facebook.com/AnneStoneAuthor/
Leigh Anderson Romance https://www.facebook.com/LeighAndersonRomance/
Candace Clark https://www.facebook.com/authorcandaceclark/?ref=bookmarks
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Monica Corwin Paranormal Romance Author www.facebook.com/monicacorwin
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GypsyBelleReads https://www.facebook.com/gypsybellereads/
My Life. One Story at a Time. https://www.facebook.com/MyLife.OneStoryataTime/
Nicely Phrased Book Blog https://www.facebook.com/NicelyPhrasedBookBlog/
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Alpha Book Club http://facebook.com/alphabookclub
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Jean Windrow https://www.facebook.com/JenniferMWindrow/
Reads By Rose Www.facebook.com/readsbyroseblog
J.L. Campbell https://www.facebook.com/jlcampbellwrites/
Skye Jordan Author http://facebook.com/skyejordanauthor
Bookaholic Confessions https://www.bookaholicconfessions
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Liezel's Book Blog https://www.facebook.com/liezelsbookblog1/
Anise Storm https://www.facebook.com/anisestormauthor/
Norah Bennett https://www.facebook.com/norahbennettbooks/
Sarah Greyson https://www.facebook.com/SarahGreysonAuthor/
M.Sembera https://www.facebook.com/AuthorM.Sembera
Love, Lust & Erotic Pleasures http://facebook.com/lovelusterotica
Maci Dillon Author http://facebook.com/macidillonauthor
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EmKay Connor Author https://www.facebook.com/EmKayConnorAuthor/
Author Marissa Dobson https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMarissaDobson/
S. M. Knowles Www.facebook.com/smknowles01
Mary Abshire https://www.facebook.com/MaryAbshire.Author/
M R Field Author https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMRField/
Mary Hughes http://www.facebook.com/MaryHughesAuthor
Roxy Mews https://www.facebook.com/RoxyMewsAuthor
Reading by the Book www.facebook.com/readingbythebook
May Sage https://www.facebook.com/maysage.author
M.E. Rhines www.facebook.com/merhines
Mary Jane https://www.facebook.com/maryjaneromance/
Megan Lowe Author www.facebook.com/MeganLoweAuthor
Melissa Pearl Author https://www.facebook.com/melissapearlauthor/
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Nicole's Book Musings https://www.facebook.com/nicolebookmusings/
Nikki Lynn Barrett http://www.facebook.com/nikkilynnbarrettauthor
Mari Brown Author https://www.facebook.com/maribrownauthor
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Southern Belle Book Blog https://www.facebook.com/SouthernBelleBookBlog/
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Inner City Blues by Chicki Brown

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Today, I'm happy to welcome Chicki Brown to The Character Depot. Chicki has a new book that's well worth checking out, so without further delay, here's your intro to Inner City Blues ...


Buy links:
Kindle - http://amzn.to/2fssIXM  
Nook - http://bit.ly/2eFLdcr  
Coming soon in paperback on CreateSpace.com

Author bio 
Contemporary women’s fiction/romance author Chicki Brown has been featured twice in USAToday. She was the 2014 B.R.A.B. (Building Relationships Around Books) Inspirational Fiction Author and also the 2011 SORMAG (Shades of Romance Magazine) Author of the Year. Chicki was also a contributing author to the Gumbo for the Soul: Men of Honor (Special Cancer Awareness Edition). A transplanted New Jersey native who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, Brown still misses the Jersey shore, the pizza and the hot dogs. Nia Forrester, Beverly Jenkins, Iris Bolling, Lisa Kleypas, and J.R. Ward are among her favorite authors.

Online contacts:
Blog: http://sisterscribbler.blogspot.com  
Twitter: http://twitter.com/@Chicki663  
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicki.brown 
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/chicki663/ 
Amazon Central Author Page: http://amzn.to/l2kjXQ 
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/qcsiMD

Blurb:
Dr. Jesse Stafford, successful surgeon, husband and father of three lives in an exclusive enclave in Atlanta. He volunteers his time at a neighborhood free clinic in one of the roughest parts of Atlanta where his wife, Cydney's family still lives. When an unarmed thirteen-year-old boy is shot and killed by the police in this neighborhood, Jesse finds himself in an ethical dilemma and at odds with some family members. His involvement puts everything he’s achieved on the line.

Excerpt:
Cydney, Rhani, Gianne, Cherilyn, Adanna and Mona followed their mother-in-law into the kitchen looking as though they were trying to keep from collapsing in laughter. Cyd had been married to Jesse for six years, but it still amazed her how his mother maintained order in a family where she was outnumbered seven to one. She wasn’t pushy or domineering, yet she could squash conflict better than a WWE referee. And her sons never argued with her the way they did with their father. 

“I swear!” she fussed and snatched an apron from a drawer. “Why does Victor always have to start some mess? We can never have a holiday without some kind of conflict.”

“I believe you just put a quick end to it, Mama,” Adanna said, eliciting laughs from her sisters-in-law.

“Yes, only I shouldn’t have to do it to begin with.”

“What were they arguing about this time?” Rhani asked, passing an apron to each of the other women.

Cydney sighed. “Jesse got arrested the other night.” A collective gasp bounced off of the marble and stainless steel. 

“What’d he do?” Mona’s eyes stretched wide, unintentionally emphasizing that she was wearing full make-up at nine o’clock in the morning.

“He got picked up at the demonstration against the decision in the Darren Givens case. Things kind of got out of control, and they arrested everyone.”

“Ooh, I can see why Daddy is upset.” Rhani took the three dozen eggs her mother-in-law handed to her. “Greg told me all about how he reacted when he got arrested.”

“He means well,” Mama said, passing cans of refrigerated biscuits across the island. “But he usually goes about it the wrong way.”

Gianne sprayed an assortment of cookie sheets with non-stick spray. “I’m just happy he and Marc worked out their issues. I no longer have to worry about them trying to strangle each other whenever they’re together.”

The women worked in tandem scrambling eggs, frying the breakfast meats, buttering biscuits and filling glasses with juice. Mama called the family to the dining room. Jesse and Daddy managed to keep it civil during the meal. The men did their due diligence and cleaned up the dining room, loaded the dishwasher and returned to their spots in front of the TV in the family room. The younger children busied themselves with their toys and games. The older ones disappeared downstairs to the theater to watch a movie.

Cydney’s favorite part of celebrating holidays with her in-laws was when the toddlers were down for their naps, and each of the couples cuddled together. Inevitably one or more of them fell asleep.

Once they finished breakfast, Adanna quietly communicated with her parents in London by Face Time on her iPad, while Marc and Charles caught up with each other, speaking in hushed tones. Gianne got lost in a novel she’d brought with her to read on the plane. Rhani napped with her head on Greg’s shoulder as he and Nick watched ESPN. Vic crashed with his head in Mona’s lap, and she lovingly stroked his hair.

This kind of peace would never happen with her family. They didn’t get together often. When they did, the day included her autistic brother’s loud verbal outbursts, the inevitable showdown between two or more of Richaun and Rasheed’s baby mamas and their menagerie of children who were all being raised with different rules and behavioral expectations.

All of this took place amidst an apartment full of cigarette smoke with the constant throbbing beat of rap playing in the background. Cydney always found a reason to escape early. 

These were the two contrasting worlds between which she still maneuvered. She loved her family, but usually left her mother’s apartment agitated and in desperate need of a woosah. Her husband’s world calmed her, even when a conflict arose between family members. Whenever that happened, at least it never deteriorated into the I’m going to cut you, bitch threats hurled from one of her brothers’ exes to another.

I See You... You Cannot Hide

Wednesday, November 16, 2016



Write Now Literary is pleased to announce I See You… You Cannot Hide, Virtual Book Tour with author Dr. Dyoni Cole, on November 14-25, 2016.
ASIN: B01LZXXZY8
Book Released: September 26, 2016
Genre: Self-help, Non Fiction, Inspirational

About The Book

I See You… You Cannot Hide is a book about self-deception, deceit, shame, and rejection. Dr. Dyoni exposes her truth by sharing a life changing situation that was designed to destroy her. The goal of this book is to help others who are currently going through or recently went through some type of devastating situation and for those who are tired of vicious cycles of self-destruction. This book really speaks to those who desperately want to be free, but feel stuck, lost, and torn between good and evil.





                    About The Author

Dr. Dyoni Cole is president of Dyoni, Inc., a consulting organization that specializes in leadership development in the areas of Education, Management, Organizational Leadership, and Dance Leadership.

Dr. Dyoni has a passion to see others exceed their own expectations and reach high levels of excellence. She believes in going beyond the call of duty to help others maximize their full potential and become effective while advancing to the next level.

Dr. Dyoni received her doctorate from Argosy University in Business Administration with a focus on management and organizational leadership. She received her MBA from University of Phoenix and is currently earning a MS in Psychology.
Dr. Dyoni lives by the words “Always be a student of your craft, as each day is an opportunity to LEARN, to LOVE, and to DANCE.”

Connect with Dyoni

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Tour hosted by WLN Book Tours

Breathe For Me - Terri Whitmire

Tuesday, November 8, 2016




Please join author Terri Whitmire as she tours the blogosphere with Write Now Literary Book Tours and her new release Breathe For Me, November 7-18, 2016.
ISBN-10: 146633858X
ISBN-13: 978-1466338586
Book Title: Breathe for Me
Genre: Christian Romance
Book Release Date: October 1, 2016


About The Author 

Terri Whitmire loves crafting inspirational, romance novels that reflect real life. She enjoys keeping her readers on the edge of their seats with her memorable characters and suspenseful plot. An accomplished author, instructor, and writing consultant, Whitmire earned her writing certification in 1999 from the Institute of Children's Literature. After writing several children’s stories, she wrote a series of compelling, fictional books that won the hearts of her young adult and mature readers.

In 2012, Terri was recognized as one of the top 50 emerging authors in Georgia. Her story, The Crooked Path, was published in Trillium Literary Journal. As the owner of Fun Creative Writing, Whitmire facilitates innovative after-school and national online enrichment programs for young writers. Terri's premiere online writing program was launched in 2016, bringing invaluable tools to students across the country. Additionally, she consults fellow aspiring and seasoned authors on the Road to Publication. Terri and her wonderful husband, Will, have three beautiful children and live in Marietta, Georgia.


About The Book

Abandoned by her father and neglected by her mother, will Tara ever find someone to love? What she desires most is what her heart chases away. Breathe for Me, an inspirational novel that shares one young girls path to love.
         
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Tour hosted by WNL Virtual Book Tour 


Sunday Sample ... A Taste of Phantasm

Sunday, November 6, 2016



This Tuesday, I had the privilege of releasing Phantasm and made it free for one day. For the rest of the week, I've kept it at $0.99. The price goes up next week. Here's a snippet from that story.

She hugged herself and fixed her attention on the neglected television. A moment went by before she shifted, scratching her ear and then her neck. After staring at her knees and jiggling her feet to calm her nerves, Josette sighed.

"You're a lot more cantankerous than you look." She sank against the back of the sofa and cut her eyes at him.

He turned his head, giving her a lopsided smile. "Let's be clear, I am not cantankerous. What I am is fed up and determined to take some decisive action."

"You agreed not to push me."

"Your memory is faulty. You asked me to go away and I cussed you out. Then I told you I'd be around if you needed me."

"And I appreciate that."

"Jo-Jo, I don't want your appreciation. I want you to … " He got up and paced behind the sofa, while she massaged the tension from the back of her neck.

This time, when he sat, Mario pulled his knee up on the seat and faced her. "What I'm trying to say is that it's been a while since I've found anyone who interests me the way you do."

"I'll admit it's the same with me, Mario. Since Dwayne, I haven't thought about being with anyone else."

"Is there a reason you keep looking over your shoulder?"

With her heart beating as if it wanted to exit her chest, Josette shook her head.

But Mario wasn't finished. "It's as if you expect to see Dwayne at any minute."

"You're kidding, right?" She laughed, but it sounded forced to her ears.

"I've never been more serious in my life."

"I have to wonder if you're losing your marbles since you're asking me about seeing someone who's dead."

"You and I know I'm perfectly sane." He stared deep into her eyes as if challenging her. She wanted to look away, but couldn't summon the willpower she needed to focus her gaze elsewhere.

Mario leaned closer and when he was close enough for her to see the tiny freckles on his skin, she closed her eyes. His lips touched hers, a fleeting caress that made her wish for more.

As if he sensed her need, his mouth opened over hers and he pulled her closer with one hand to the back of her neck. His tongue swirled against hers, the pressure gentle, yet sweet. Eyes closed, she gripped a handful of his shirt, savoring the pleasure of being held close to his chest.

She'd be lying to herself if she didn't admit she missed this closeness to another human
being, which made her feel desired.

Mario trailed his lips to the corner of her mouth and across her cheek to her ear. He pressed a kiss to her earlobe and traced the edge of her ear with the tip of his tongue.

She moaned his name and opened her eyes. When the haze cleared from her vision, nausea clogged her throat.

Dwayne stood in the doorway watching them.