Get The Spice Of Life

Friday, January 11, 2019


I did it! I have a new release this week. 

The Spice of Life was part of the Spice anthology and is now on it's own as a single. If you bought the Spice anthology, you don't need to buy this book, but if you didn't, go get your copy of The Spice Of Life as soon as you can! 📕It's $0.99.📕Thank you! 

lrd.to/SpiceOfLife

Here's the blurb:

Nyoka Emerson knows what love, success, and loss look like. She’s been betrayed and devastated and is finally pulling her life back together, when a smooth Jamaican man walks into her dressing room and makes her long for everything she didn’t know she was missing. Unfortunately, he could cost her career and peace of mind.

Anif Montague is focused on keeping the attention of his adoring readers when he lays eyes on Nyoka. She’s perfect to be the cover model for his next book, and the woman in his life, but can he convince this mysterious woman to take a chance on him? Will she accept the deal he’s offering? Or will the secrets she’s keeping explode between them with dire consequences? 

Grab your copy of The Spice Of Life at lrd.to/SpiceOfLife

IWSG Anthology Contest Winners

Wednesday, January 2, 2019


Today’s the first group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! for 2019. It’s time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. Try to visit a few new new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

The co-hosts today are Patricia Lynne, Lisa Buie-Collard, Kim Lajevardi, and Fundy Blue!
 
The #IWSGPit Twitter pitch is once a year now – and the next one is on January 15!
Note that hundreds of agents and publishers will be checking the hashtag that day.
To find the rules and list of genre hashtags, visit the #IWSGPit page.
The IWSG Admins will be monitoring the feed. Get those Twitter pitches ready – you have two weeks!


The WEP Challenges for the year:
(Please ignore the listing in the newsletter.)













IWSG Anthology Contest Winners

The big moment everyone has been waiting for – the announcement of the IWSG winners. Here are the stories and authors that have been selected for our fourth anthology:

Oddly Suited by LG Keltner
Sea of Sorrows by AV Brown
Behind the Catcher’s Mask by Jennifer Lane
A Diver’s Ball by Angela Brown
Fearless Heart by Deborah Solice
The Dark Charade by CD Gallant-King
The Cog Prince by Elizabeth Mueller
Flower of Ronda by Myles Christensen
Remedy by Chelsea Ballard
Charleston Masquerade by Carrie-Anne Brownian 

The top story has the honors of being included in the title. LG Keltner’s story came out on top! The official title of our next anthology – Masquerade: Oddly Suited. Congratulations, LG. (She was also in the top spot for our first anthology, Parallels: Felix Was Here.)

The IWSG Admins spent many hours reading the entries and fourteen were sent to our special judges. We certainly wish to thank them for taking time away from their own work to read the entries:

Elizabeth S. Craig, author
Kelly Van Sant, agent at Red Sofa Literary Agency 
Elana Johnson, author
DL Hammons, Write Club founder
S.A. Larsen, author
Kristin Smith, author
Gwen Gardner, author and previous IWSG anthology winner

Look for Masquerade: Oddly Suited late spring! 

Congratulations to all the winners! Are you gearing up for #IWSGPit? Are you excited about the anthology winners?

Amazon Giveaways - Enter Today!

Friday, December 14, 2018

I'm doing an Amazon giveaway for Dissolution that ends this at midnight. If you haven't read Dissolution, here's the giveaway link and the blurb. https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/81750a3dc65c5b50




Sherryn Allbright is the envy of her peers. She is a wife, mother, and successful business woman, but her life turns topsy-turvy when a woman leaves a child on her doorstep, claiming her husband is the father. Denial is useless, for the boy resembles Reece too closely not to be his offspring. 

Sherryn is ready to end their marriage and blames Reece's problems on his old neighborhood—a Kingston ghetto. If he'd sever ties there, he wouldn't be caught up in baby-mother drama. 


When the boy's mother is murdered, Reece becomes the prime suspect and things go haywire for the Allbrights, whose lives will never be the same.

That's not all because there's another giveaway you can enter today. This one is for lovers of Kimani romances. You can check out this giveaway at this link https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/96c422d900b7e1e3




A millionaire with a wary heart…

And a first love worth repeating


Success couldn’t make former model Alexis Armstrong forget the one who got away. When she “rents” Derek Moore at a fund-raiser to show him what he’s missed, things don’t go as planned.



Their sizzling chemistry reignites…with lasting repercussions. Derek wants to be there for his baby, but Alexis will only marry for love. Can he convince the stubborn beauty he’s for real?

Be sure to try your luck! https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/96c422d900b7e1e3

A Holiday Treat #MegaSale

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

This holiday weekend, I have something special for you. My book, The Thick of Things, that was released in March is on sale for a limited time. Also on sale are two anthologies you may be interested in getting for yourself or giving as gifts. They are regularly priced at $4.99. So, go ahead and tread yourself. 

The Thick of Things

Life has a way of going awry when you least expect it, and Khalila Skyers learns this lesson the hard way. In one devastating blow after another, she loses her cosy existence. 

Then Douglas Blythe overtakes her life like a flood, and she's not equipped to deal with an attraction that seems forbidden and overwhelming. But her body and heart want what they want, and leave her wondering if she ever knew herself at all. 

Douglas is determined to help Khalila move beyond her obsession with the past and reach for love a second time. No matter how long it takes. No matter the distance. He’s going to prove he's worth the risk.

Download your copy here http://lrd.to/ttothings

Sugar Anthology

Nine authors, featuring New York Times bestseller, S. L. Jennings, bring the unexpected with unique short stories that are sure to leave a sweet taste on the tip of your tongue. 

Among the delicacies penned by national bestsellers Naleighna Kai, J. D. Mason, Shakir Rashaan, London St. Charles, and also Sierra Kay, Karen D. Bradley, Anita L. Roseboro, and MarZé Scott, are contemporary fiction, suspense, women’s fiction, erotica, and even romance that will warm the heart. This anthology is a perfect blend of authors at the top of their game who have crafted stories that will leave you wanting more. When you’ve satisfied your sweet tooth, venture into our savory anthology entitled Spice featuring national bestselling authors Pat G’Orge Walker, Martha Kennerson, Lisa Watson, Naleighna Kai, and many others.

Sugar Anthologylrd.to/SugarAnthology

Spice Anthology:

Nine authors, featuring national bestsellers and award-winners, bring an array of prose that is sure to provide a delicious literary experience. 

Naleighna Kai, Lisa Watson, Pat G’Orge Walker, Martha Kennerson, Michelle D. Rayford, Janice Pernell, J. L. Campbell, Kisha Green, and Terri Ann Johnson have crafted stories in a range of genres from contemporary fiction, women’s fiction, romance, erotica, and even a thriller to give you a taste of the most anticipated fiction offerings of the year. We hope you’ll find this anthology is an eclectic blend that will stay with you long after the pages have been turned.

Spice Anthology:  lrd.to/SpiceAnthology


IWSG Day

Wednesday, November 7, 2018



Today’s the day for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. Hop to this page, if you’d like to sign up and join. We post the first Wednesday of every month. Try to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

The awesome co-hosts for November are: Ellen @ The Cynical SailorAnn V. FriendJQ Rose and Elizabeth Seckman!

The submission period has closed for this year's anthology contest and now it’s time to make the selections for the judges, which is always challenging. Kudos to those who entered!

Are you on Instagram? We run a different prompt for each day of the month. Participants are welcome to comment or post on their own feed. If you’re posting, use the #theiwsg hashtag and also tag @theiwsg. You can use images, words, or a combination to answer each prompt. Each prompt is explained in more detail on the day it is posted. 


This month's optional question is: How has your creativity in life evolved since you 
began writing?

My process now is a far cry from what it used to be. In the past, I did an outline (sometimes very detailed) but nowadays, I don’t always have that luxury. So, while I’m going through my day, the story will percolate in my head until it’s time to sit and write. Other aspects have changed too, but I find one of the biggest challenges is getting back to the point where I write each day, no matter what’s happening.

So are you doing the Instagram Challenge or Nano? Has your process changed over the years? 

Gemini Rising ... A Powerful Story From a New Voice

Sunday, November 4, 2018


Gemini Rising is a powerful story of one woman fighting adversity, despite terrible odds. We meet sweet Aisha just before she turns ten. Her situation changes with the death of her father, and things grow unimaginably worse when she gets a new ‘guardian’, Angel.

Aisha’s story pulled me in from the opening paragraph and didn’t let me go until the last page. Zephyr, the hero, lives up to his name and is a refreshing wind of change in Aisha’s life. The pacing and suspense kept me hooked as I rooted for Aisha to overcome her circumstances.

Gemini Rising is not for the faint of heart. The ‘hard parts’ are not graphic, but still enough to move you to tears, and there’s hope between these pages. This is easily one of the best books I’ve read this year.
Although this is a debut offering from the author, Scott's style is so powerful, it’s hard to believe this is her first book. 

I’ll be waiting for more from Ms. Scott.

Cover Note: Love, love, love the cover.

Source: Paperback purchase 

Amazon Link:  Gemini Rising

Bankrolled on Fab Friday!

Friday, November 2, 2018


Today, the ever gracious Chelle Ramsay is hosting me on her blog, Undeniably Chelle.
Bankrolled is in the spotlight today for the Fab Friday feature. Hop on over to learn a bit more about the latest book in my catalogue.

You can also go directly to lrd.to/Bankrolled to check out the book on Amazon.


Bankrolled is Live

Monday, October 15, 2018


So, today, I have a new book on the market. I'm grateful to Xyla Turner for allowing me to write in the Lady Guardians world. 

Bankrolled took my writing in yet another direction and gave me a chance to dabble in my first love, romantic suspense. The research was eye-opening, yet fun and interesting. There are things about the biking world that um, I would have been okay not knowing. And on the other side, you can’t beat the fierce loyalty among this particular group of people.

While Bankrolled is not hard-core biker stuff, I hope lovers of romance will like how I’ve handled the story. The jury’s still out and I guess I’ll know how readers feel when the reviews start coming. The good part of working on new stories is that they usually lead to something else. 

However, this is the part where I discipline myself and go back the second book in the In Medias Res series. For now, I give you Bankrolled.


Strong-willed and independent, Bo 'Spice' Casserly will do what's necessary for her family’s well-being. She's wary of relationships, but when she meets Imari Newsome—who holds the key to keeping her business afloat—she can't help thinking he might be the man to change her mind. 

Bo is unlike any woman Imari has ever met. She's used to doing things her own way and isn't about to change her lifestyle to suit him. He doesn’t understand the bond with her motorcycle club and thinks there's a connection between The Grove Lady Guardians and the person who's stalking Bo. 

Either there's something sinister about the club or Bo is keeping secrets that may put both their lives at risk. Imari must decide whether he can stand the heat or walk away from the woman who has come to mean the world to him.

Bankrolled is available in both ebook and paperback format lrd.to/Bankrolled

#SundaySample Bankrolled

Sunday, October 7, 2018

In the parking lot, he waited until she sat astride Pink Passion before he stepped in close and dropped a kiss to one side of her mouth. "I'm sorry you didn't allow me to pick you up earlier. It would have given me more time with you. I'll touch base later."

Bo came too close to wheezing for her liking and all Imari had done was put his mouth on her for a not-quite-there kiss. Not one to lose her composure easily, she blinked and then said, "Sure."

Although he would have seen her information on file, she had her reasons for not letting him pick her up at home. She was conscious that after she got her helmet on, he watched as she pulled out of the parking lot.

After riding a hundred yards, she came to an intersection. Although it was clear, she slowed a fraction and then kept going.

A couple of minutes later, a screech alerted her to a vehicle behind her. She glanced in the mirror to find a blue Yaris gaining on her. The car had a deep tint and wasn't familiar.

She sped up and as the car gained on her, Bo kept her thumb on the horn. When the Yaris didn’t slow, her heart rate doubled. She gassed the bike again but it was too late, the car accelerated and bumped her back wheel.

In slow motion she tumbled to the ground, cursing. The bike skidded out from under her and she rolled on the asphalt a couple of times. As she landed, the helmet smacked the cement.

Then, her vision went hazy.

Bankrolled is coming on October 15, 2018. Pre-order your copy at lrd.to/Bankrolled

Coming Soon - Bankrolled

Thursday, October 4, 2018


Today, I'm sharing a sample from Bankrolled. It's a suspenseful story about a banker and a biker. Pre-order at lrd.to/Bankrolled

When Bo looked up, Imari’s gaze was fastened on her. “Everything okay?”

She nodded, though she was suddenly uncomfortable, and swallowed some Sprite. Bo didn't understand what was happening. Their connection was too tenuous to be defined, but here she sat concerned over misleading him. What was up with that?

Minutes later, Imari escorted her outside. When they sat in the car, he switched on the engine and reversed from the parking spot. He stopped, with his head cocked to one side.

“What’s up?” she asked.

“The car feels weird. Gimme a sec.”

Imari got out and walked to the back tire on her side. Then, he stooped for a closer look.

A vicious swearword met her when she got out and rounded the car. “What’s wrong?”

Imari's face cleared. “Just a flat.”

His reaction was a bit much, but she put it down to the inconvenience. For the most part, Imari was calm, which was one of the things she admired about him. She liked her men strong and in control of their emotions.

Within fifteen minutes he’d changed the tire. As she sat next to him again, he said, “I’ll come and get you later.”

She shook her head. “Don’t put yourself out of the way for me.”

“That’s not what I’d be doing.”

She had her own agenda, so she patted his arm. “Trust me, I’ll be okay. The clubhouse isn’t far from home. Darius will be okay to take me.”

Imari glanced at her as if he didn’t believe her, but didn’t respond.

In front of her house, Imari walked her to the door, pulling her to him with one arm and kissing her to one side of her forehead. “Call me later.”

Sliding both arms around his neck, she pecked him on the mouth. “I will.”

She kissed his chin, opened the door, turned and caught him watching the street. She didn’t remark on it, but it raised a question mark in her mind.

“Inside.” His tone was gentle but firm.

She raised her brows. “This is my home, you know? I get to call the shots here.”

“You just want to run things. Period.” Imari chuckled and shook his head.

“Bye, Imari,” she said, letting him know he was dismissed.

He reeled her in by the back of her neck and planted another one of those sizzling kisses on her.

When she was breathless and clinging to him, Imari stared her in the eyes asserting his dominance. After one last searing kiss, he sauntered down the walkway.

Cheeky bastard.

Coming October 15, 2018. Pre-Order Bankrolled at lrd.to/Bankrolled