Monday, September 18, 2017

Book Spotlight: Are You Still Down by Paulette Jones


The me I am is the me I was born to be. It's my thing it's also how I live if I wasn't born to be this person then I wouldn't be here. It's that simple and it makes life so much more fun to live. It even drives my writing and the things I develop and released. My personal specifics are simple really, graduated high school, got my degree, found a job and started figuring out life. The realization that thirty-five was knocking on my door led me to sit down with my laptop and get out all the thoughts running through my head. For years like many others, I'm sure I found every reason not to write and now I can't seem to find a reason to stop. I'm a positive mind even when life isn't headed down a positive road anyone that knows me would agree with that. I genuinely love escaping into the world of words. May they be the ones of a new or favorite author or my very own I love the entire process.
I’m the one people would roll their eyes at for sure I love everything from Harry Potter to Fifty Shades. Maya Angelou made me read, but Authors and writers like Terry McMillian, Rochelle Alers and Brenda Barrett made me love the art of putting a story together. I’m pretty sure it’s been said but there is a beautiful art behind the written word in all forms and it captured me around ten years old and hasn’t let go yet. No matter what is going on in my life a good book can make everything better and that for sure is why I love to read, even more why I love creating with the hope that my words can be an escape for someone.

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 “Taylor where have you been I have been calling you all day…are you working on your birthday you better not be I will come right to that hospital you know?”
“Case, calm down that is not good for you at all, I’m not working I didn’t work at all today does that make you happy.

Oh, well sorta well what are you doing then you didn’t sleep the day away did you?”
“No, actually I’m in East Linden I’ve been here all day actually since last night.”
“Wait…are you with a guy did you…are you sleeping with someone and not telling me.” She actually seemed shocked by the notation as if it was no possibility of me being with a guy which made me laugh.

“You know one of the best ways to go into labor is sex maybe you should get your husband to help you with those hormones of yours…and no I’m not sleeping with anyone…. I’m actually with Brandon.” She was quiet so long I had to check to make sure she was still there. Once she was responsive again I explained how I ended up with him and how he had made my day so relaxing and special without a lot of fuss or headaches.

“Taye I have to say this and you can’t get mad at me because it's true…. you and Brandon well can’t you see that you just keep ending up in this same place…stop fighting it Taye just let your heart do what it wants. You two belong together and if you keep tip-toeing around one another because of what happened in the past then you will never truly be happy you always fussed and fussed about me and Justin and until the day I said I do I didn’t really believe it. Taye you have to know that is where your heart belongs...Don’t make any hard decisions but just try Taye.”



Thursday, September 14, 2017

Jeff Emmerson and Robert Yehling - Beyond ADHD - Release Blitz HTML


Non-fiction - Mental Health
Date Published: August 16, 2017
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

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Beyond ADHD weaves Emmerson’s personal story of his ADHD diagnosis, exploring along the way the latest medical, scientific and societal explanations and tools for managing and living with the condition. Including interviews with a number of experts at the forefront of next-generation ADHD diagnostics and treatment, he questions the cookie-cutter way ADHD is commonly diagnosed and treated. Suggesting that the list of symptoms often used to identify ADHD can be attributed to many other disorders and conditions, he explores how and why ADHD diagnoses have increased by 50% in the last ten years.

Emmerson advocates a different approach to ADHD, arguing that it should be a diagnosis of exclusion rather than the other way around, and that we must look past the label, recognizing that individual symptoms vary and treatment plans should be better tailored to the individual. He examines mental and behavioral issues from all sides, including the possibility that nurturing – rather than trying to alter or suppress – the active, “360-degree” mind is a viable way for those diagnosed with ADHD to realize their gifts and lead purposeful lives.


About the Authors


AUTHOR BIO: Jeff Emmerson

From the depths of mental despair to one of social media’s premier spokespeople for mental health issues, Jeff Emmerson is a veritable “Rocky” in the field. Jeff has written for and been interviewed by some of the world’s top online magazines regarding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), including Everyday Health (featured on AOL Health) and Additudemag. He also enjoys one of the world’s largest social media followings for a non-medical professional on the subject, with more than half a million Twitter followers and a video blog (YouTube Channel) that includes more than 200 different postings on various aspects of ADHD. Many of the top medical experts in the field, as well as specialists in behavioral therapy, vision therapy and neuroscience, regularly post and correspond with him as part of their collective goal: finding a path beyond today’s ADHD “epidemic”. Some share their perspectives in Beyond ADHD.

Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Emmerson began speaking publicly to raise awareness of ADHD and mental health issues in 2011, following a suicide attempt and resulting ADHD diagnosis. (Three years earlier, he had lost his brother Ryan to suicide). In 2013, after another bout of suicidal ideation, he focused more greatly on his higher purpose, took to social media channels and began blogging to reach an even larger audience. He also took out an old manuscript he had written about his life, which further developed into Beyond ADHD.

Emmerson is a passionate advocate for mental health, and fostering a deeper understanding beyond the accepted symptoms that have led to more than 30 million North Americans taking ADHD medication. He seeks to come up with solutions that return society to a place of compassion, humanity, community and empathy. This perspective forms the structure of Beyond ADHD.
Emmerson will be embarking on a public speaking and signing tour in Fall 2017 to draw greater awareness to the diagnostic and societal issues of ADHD, to create greater public discourse in North America and worldwide, and to roll out the many forward-thinking solutions that he and many of the world’s foremost experts on behavioral, mental health and neurological issues and conditions have been discussing and beginning to utilize.

Jeff and his wife, Aimee, Founder & CEO of a globally recognized digital marketing firm, make their home in Ontario, Canada. He was a star youth hockey player in Canada for many years, and later, worked as a security guard and in various positions. 
His website can be found at www.JeffEmmerson.com.



ABOUT CO-AUTHOR ROBERT YEHLING

Co-Author and Independent Publisher Book Award winner Robert Yehling is the author of 12 books and the co-author or ghostwriter of eight others. Beyond ADHD is his second co-authored book in the mental health field, following on the heels of Just Add Water (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), the biography of autistic surfing star Clay Marzo, which was a finalist for the 2015 Dolly Gray Literature Award. His new novel, Voices (Open Books Press) is one of the most anticipated music-themed novels of 2017. Other titles include The Champion’s Way and When We Were The Boys. Celebrating 40 years as a professional journalist and author in 2017, Yehling is also a five-time Boston marathoner and the head cross country coach at Carlsbad (CA) High School, his alma mater.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Book Spotlight: Dream the Impossible Tristan Jackson

Author Tristan Jackson was born and raised in a section of Houston, Texas called 4th ward. She by having faith, hope, and perseverance obtained a Bachelors of Business Administration in Human Resource Management (2009) and Masters of Public Administration (2013) from Lamar University. Raised by a single parent, she determined to break the generational curses in her family. 

For the last 7 years, she has worked in Higher education as an Academic Advisor. Making sure that every student she comes in contact is aware of every opportunity available to them in college. 

God has allowed her the gift of writing. Though the path of Tristan Jackson life remains clouded by the mysterious mist of the future, of one thing she is sure:  no matter what her priorities in life may become, she will always keep God first.
She prays through her books, academic advising, speaking and helping, I want to inspire everyone to reach their dreams. I want to reach the silent voices in the world that are searching for hope. I am a witness to God’s favor and how you can rise above your situation.     

In addition to serving as a mentor and coach in her role as an academic advisor, Ms. Jackson is active in her community through her participation in hosting events like, Back to School Prayer Care of Love (toiletry drive for seniors), Pre-Mother’s Day Dinner and College 101 prep event.
  
All of my books are inspirational and motivational. My favorite authors are Maya Angelou, Joel Osteen, Oprah Winfrey, and Carl Weber. Why I love to write. Everyone is different so obviously my reasons are going to be different from others.Writing isn’t just putting words on a page or screen, it’s all of my thoughts, feelings and ideas displayed in a coherent way; I do this not only for others, but for myself. I write because it’s the best, and sometimes only way, to fully understand what I’m feeling and why. I write to make the things that don’t make sense a little more comprehensible. I write to help make myself feel better. I write to inspire and motivate dreamers. I write to leave a legacy for my future children and next generation.  I write to motivate people and to help make them feel better about themselves. I write in hopes that others will realize that they really are not as alone as they may feel. I write because the thought of making just one person feel better, or happier or simply just smile, makes me happy.

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Dream the Impossible released August 2015. Tristan Jackson is using the Dream the Impossible as a platform to help shape the lives of  youth and young adults in Texas and across the globe. Many people doubted Tristan Jackson would ever succeed in life, but she has proven them wrong on so many levels. Some said she wouldn’t graduate high school, but she did. Her educational pursuits went even further with her receiving a Bachelor’s degree, soon to be followed by a Master’s degree in Public Administration, which she received in August.2013. Others tried to destroy her self-esteem, not knowing that her personal pride and strong self-worth would one day help her overcome the many obstacles she faced throughout her childhood and most of her adult life.


Dream the Impossible, chronicles key life-changing moments in the life of main character, Tristan Jackson. Tristan Jackson overcomes a life of shame, single parent home, self-esteem issues, verbal abuse, test anxiety and even a kidnapping – all while keeping her dreams of becoming more than her situation alive.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Elizabeth McKenna - First Crush, Last Love - PROMO Blitz

 


Romance - Contemporary
Date Published: 8/1/17

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Remember your first crush? How your heart raced and your cheeks flushed whenever you saw him? Jessie Baxter does, and it’s happening again. Ten years ago, despite her best efforts, Lee Archer wanted to be just friends. Now, he wants more, but Jessie's still recovering from a psycho ex-husband. Can she learn to trust again and make her first crush into her last love?

Elizabeth McKenna’s latest novel will have you remembering the angst of high school, the grief of a failed relationship, and the happiness of true love.


Excerpt

The smell of bacon roused Jessie from an early morning dream of being chased across a cold, moonless beach. The feet that carried her for miles on her runs were useless in the deep sand. Every time she stumbled, her panic grew until her body no longer responded to commands. Rubbing at her heavy eyelids, she blew out a deep breath, and the last remnants of the nightmare faded away.
She squinted at the clock on the nightstand and groaned. It seemed like she had been asleep for mere minutes. After saying goodnight to Lee, she had stared at the dim stars on the bedroom ceiling and waited for sleep to bring her a needed reprieve from her messed-up life. Instead, her mind had bounced between Billy and Lee, wondering what either of them was up to and why she had to be involved.
When her stomach rumbled in appreciation of the smoky sweet smell, she sat up with a jolt. Lee Archer was in her mother’s kitchen making breakfast, and it smelled damn good. She jumped out of bed and twirled in a circle, unable to decide what to fix first. Her frizzy curls stood out in every direction, and her breath reeked from last night’s garlic-laced meal.
She grabbed a pair of running shorts and checked the hall before dashing to the bathroom. A few minutes later, she emerged with her hair in a messy bun and her teeth scrubbed to the point of drawing blood.
In the kitchen, Lee stood at the stove pushing eggs around a pan and wearing last night’s rumpled clothes and a shadow of a beard. Jessie clamped down on her bottom lip. It was too much to take in.
“You’re awake. I left you some coffee.” He gave her a crooked smile before turning his attention to the frying bacon.
She eyed her morning drug on the far side of the kitchen and willed her legs to move in the direction of the coffee maker. After dumping three sugar packets into a cup, she poured the heavenly brew with a sigh. Looking up, she frowned at Lee’s amused expression. “What? I like sweet coffee.”
“Breakfast will be ready in a minute. Can you put down the toast?” He nodded with his chin at the toaster.
While she slept in, Lee had set the table, cooked eggs and bacon, poured juice, and cut three mums from her mother’s garden for a centerpiece. Yeah, making toast was the least she could do.
“What do you do for a girl the next morning when she actually sleeps with you?”
Lee’s eyes ran up and down her body, and then something akin to a growl came from his throat. Maybe she should have put on sweats instead of shorts.
“I like cooking. Remember Denny’s restaurant? I think if I hadn’t become a cop, I would have been a chef.”
They settled at the table and ate in silence for the first few bites.
“Is it OK?” He pointed at her plate with his fork.
She nodded in appreciation. “Better than OK. I usually grab a granola bar for breakfast. This is a real treat.”
“I was thinking we could swing by my place so I can get cleaned up before heading to the station. I’ll need you to make a statement before I can run the knife for prints.”
Her gaze went to the kitchen island where the hunting knife sat wrapped in the plastic bag. “Billy was arrested for a bar fight in college. Would his prints be in the system for that?”
“Should be.”
“If it’s his knife, then what?”
“We’ll bring him in for questioning.”
“Can you hold him? Like put him in jail?”
“That will be up to the DA and the judge.”
She nodded. “Even if he did this, he can still . . .”
Putting her fears into words would make them too real, but from the grim look on Lee’s face, she didn’t have to.
“You could file for a restraining order,” he said.
“Would that help?” She wasn’t sure she had the strength for more legal action against Billy. Like most divorces, theirs had been ugly, full of half-truths and name-calling. She had even secretly wished him dead at one point to put an end to it all.
“To be honest, probably not, but it would make arresting him a lot easier if he keeps stalking you.”
Stalking her. She hadn’t thought of it like that, but it was what Billy was doing. Her knuckles whitened as she gripped her fork. Three years. Before this weekend, it had been three years since she had talked to her ex-husband. Why couldn’t he move on? If their love had been so wonderful—if they had been soulmates—he never would have cheated on her. That was the one thing she had never understood when he fought the divorce. It was obvious they weren’t right for each other. Why couldn’t he see that?
She nibbled on a piece of bacon, while her mind searched for new answers to old questions. After a few more bites, she pushed her plate away.
“Changed your mind about my cooking?”
“It was wonderful. I guess I don’t have much of an appetite this morning.”
“How about I clean up while you shower?” Lee gathered their dishes and headed for the sink.
She shook her head in disbelief. “How are you not married?”
Over his shoulder, he gave her a smile that ignited small fires in several sensitive areas of her body. “I have no idea.”
“Well, the cockiness might be a turnoff,” she said, covering her desire for him with a dose of sass.
He looked down at his crotch. “There’s nothing wrong with my—.”
She held up a hand. “Stop!”
His low chuckle sent flames over her cheeks. He turned on the kitchen faucet and squirted dish soap into the sink. “Go take that shower.”
Jessie darted from the room. It would need to be a cold shower, she thought, as she pounded up the stairs.

About the Author


Elizabeth McKenna works as a full-time technical writer/editor for a large software company. Though her love of books reaches back to her childhood, she had never read romance novels until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene).

She had always wanted to write fiction, so she combined her love of history, romance and a happy ending to write Cera's Place and Venice in the Moonlight. Her short story, The Gypsy Casts a Spell, is available for free on her website http://elizabethmckenna.com/. She hopes you will enjoy her first contemporary romance novel, First Crush Last Love, as much as others have enjoyed her historical romances.

Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a sassy Labrador. When she isn't writing, working, or being a mom, she's sleeping.


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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Virtual Tour Interview: Real Love by Sheena Binkley


Creative Expressions Literary Services is pleased to announce Virtual Book Tour for Real Love by Sheena Binkley. The tour will run August 27-September 2, 2017.

Publication Date: May 3, 2017

Publisher: SBinkley Publishing

Genre: African-American Romance, Contemporary Romance, African-American Women’s Fiction, African-American Drama & Plays

Paperback: 230 pages


Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

When I first entered this industry four years ago, I didn’t know what to expect. The first story that I released (In Love With My Best Friend) was a bit nerve-wrecking, but it was also something that I never imagined myself doing. Four years and 30 books later, I don’t see myself slowing down at all. I love what I do, which I will continue to do for the rest of my life.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I have set a lot of goals for my career, including writing more books (of course), doing more writing events, and doing a collaboration with some of my favorite authors. I also would like to rebrand my publishing company.

What are you working on at the minute?

Currently, I have a new book coming out at the end of August, which is a novella to the Something Just Ain’t Right series. I’m also working on the third book in The Love Chronicles series, How Deep Is Your Love.

Are you a pantser, plotter, a little of both?

Honestly, I’m a bit of both. When I already have ideas for a new story, I do try to plot so I can have a better understanding to how I want to write the story. Sometimes, I just go with the flow and write what is on my mind. I have done that in the past, which turned out to be great stories.




Do you have any tech tools that help you with your output?

The only thing I use is my computer or iPad. Majority of the time, I’ll just write with pen and paper and rewrite everything on my computer.

Do you put yourself on a schedule with a word or page count goal?

I usually don’t. Sometimes, when I do have a schedule in mind for my word count, it never works, because I might write more than expected. I usually just go with the flow when it comes to my word or page count.

Where do you do most of your writing?

I mainly will write at home in my bed, but majority of the time, I’m at work, so I’ll try to sneak some writing there.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

My advice to aspiring writers is to be true to yourself. There will be a lot of naysayers who feel your work isn’t good enough or is not like another author, but everyone has their own identity. You shouldn’t be like anyone else in the industry; try to establish a brand that you are proud of. Not everyone will be supportive, and that’s okay. As some people say, “just do you”.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I decided to become a writer when I was nine after doing a project for school. It was the first time I have ever written a story, but it wouldn’t be my last. Ever since then, I created series and short stories about myself and my friends. I loved writing then and I still do now.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

I try to write full-time, along with working full-time. It is definitely a struggle, lol, but I don’t regret it.

With this being your 12th book you must have figured out a way to be so prolific.

No matter who many books I have released, that feeling of anxiety never gets old. I still get nervous close to the release date, and I start to question myself while writing a story; but with my readers, I know how they are with my books, and they have all been so supportive of me and my changing writing styles. Even though my following is small, they are really wonderful, which I truly appreciate.

I always love hearing about an author's writing process so can you tell us about some bits of yours?

I honestly don’t have a writing process. I do plot and plan when I can, but usually, I’ll just go with the flow with my writing. If I have a bunch of ideas in my head, I will stop whatever I’m doing to write it, because I know I’ll forget it. If I’m in the zone, I will spend the entire day writing, because I don’t know when I’ll have that time again. So it kind of varies for me.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

I think my creativity has changed a lot throughout my writing career. I have learned a lot and it has helped me grow and become more creative with my storyline and characters.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

The hardest thing about writing can sometimes be the amount of time I have to write. Since I do have a full-time job, there can be times when I don’t feel like writing, especially when I’d worked a 11-hour shift. I do try to find a balance between working and writing, though. It has work for the most part, but I’m still learning.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

At first, it took me a couple of weeks to write a full novel; now it takes about a month and an half to two months to write a book.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In 10 years?

In five years, I hope I’ll have a title on the New York Times best-sellers list, as well as do more author events. I also want to see my publishing company flourish and be more recognizable in the African-American romance genre.

In 10 years, I would love to have my own bookstore, as well as writing completely full-time (no more 9 to 5 job, lol!).

What other genres do you write?

I mainly write in Romance, but a like to switch up on the sub-genres: African-American Women’s Fiction, Interracial, New Adult, and Urban.




Did you do any research for the book? If so, how did you do it? (searching Internet, magazines, other books, etc.)

I do research when it’s on a topic that I’m not familiar with; when I do, it’ll be mainly on the Internet.

What about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Real Love is all about being in love, but wondering if love can overcome anything. With Riana and Shawn, the two experience a lot throughout the story, and it test their love for each other as well as individually. I think anyone who reads this will relate to this couple’s struggles and whether love can stand the test of time.

Do you have a saying or motto for your life and/or as a writer?

My motto is to be true to myself. This was something that I have struggled with throughout my writing career. There have been times when I did compare myself to other authors, wondering what am I doing wrong and why no one really read my stories. But the one thing I had to realize is that not everyone is alike, and I should follow my heart and write what makes me happy. If my writing is not for everyone, then that’s fine, but I know I do have an audience out there that does love my stories. So I continue to think about that and put my all into everything that I write.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Book Spotlight: Before Ever After by Author Untamed

Untamed is a multi-genre fiction author who accredits her early education in magnet school programs for her creative mind and passion for the literary field. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland University College, and is an honored member of Sigma Alpha Pi. 
In 2012, Untamed released her debut novel entitled, Never Again…No More through One Karma Publishing to rave reviews. Since that time, Untamed has become a self-published author and penned ten novels to date. Her second novel entitled, Never Again…No More II: Getting Back to Me broke into the Amazon Top 100 for Literature- Fiction becoming an official Amazon Bestseller in July 2013. Her work has been featured in several magazines, Precious Stones and Soul Say On Universal Languages Issue 3, to name a few. She was also a contributor to Loving Black Men An Anthology for which proceeds are donated to the NAACP. She is also a dedicated volunteer for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. As a volunteer and committee member for Augusta M.A.D.D., Untamed is committed to honoring the memory of her family members who passed away in a drunk driving crash by creating a legacy of giving to support other victims and survivors. In March 2015, she released a poetry book that is near and dear to her heart entitled, This Side of Heaven-A Poetic Journey of Strength and Survival which rose to the charts of Amazon as the #1 Hot New Release and an Amazon Bestseller. It is a collection of poems dedicated to her daughter, mother and cousin for which all proceeds are donated to M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). In 2016, Untamed launched Untamed Publishing, a publishing service company aimed to assist self-published and independent authors around the globe. Writing is truly a passion for Untamed and it is her hope that she can help others unlock their unlimited writing potential! Don't you want to get caught UP living your dreams? Now is the time.

I am Untamed and just like my name, my reading list and writing is untamable! I read anything I can get my hands on, but I will say that I’m impartial to Women’s fiction and Urban Literature. My written novels cover a wide array of genres: Poetry, Urban Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Action, Romance and Erotica. I’d also like to dive into Suspense and Christian Fiction. I think every genre has a unique story to tell that we all can draw from.





Excerpt from my newest release, Before Ever After:



Hmm Mmm. I already knew where this was going. “So I assume this double date is a ploy to get me to go out with Jamison.”
Peering up from her Cobb salad, she smirked. “The fact that you remember his name months later lets me know, you’re interested.”
“Ha!” I wagged my finger. “No, it lets you know that I am good at remembering names. Girl, please. That was months ago as you said. I’m sure that man hasn’t even thought twice about me, and I’m positive he has someone by now.”
“So that’s why he asks me about you every time he sees me.” She put her hand up. “And before you try to come back with a smart comeback, he more than asks about you. He wants to know if you’re still single. He’s not asking that for no reason.”
Crossing my arms, I giggled. “Good. Let him know that I still am. Problem solved.”
“I swear to God you are such a…butthole!” She shook her head. “Bout to make me curse in God’s name! Ugh! Nik. You get on my nerves. If you want to be an old maid, be my guest. 


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Author Interview with Sylvia Hubbard


Creative Expressions Literary Services is pleased to announce Virtual Book Tour for Beautiful by Sylvia Hubbard. The tour will run July 23-August 6, 2017.
Publication Date: July 7, 2017
Genre: Romance and Suspense
Paperback: 324 pages

Tell us a little about yourself and your background? I’m a happily divorced mother of three, living in Detroit and loving life.
According to my mother, I used to lie to her when I was young (about six years old) and she would punishment me by making me write my lie down. I found that my lies look better on paper than verbally. My pain became my life’s pleasure.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I’d love to be able to just sit down and write all day, market and social media manage
in the evening and then go out on dates with my beau at night, then wake up and
start the day over again, just like that.

What are you working on at the minute?
The Murderer’s Lover – about a woman who finds out she had a one night stand with a possible serial killer…and she wants to again.

Are you a pantser, plotter, a little of both?
I’m clearly a pantser. I just sit down and start to write. Usually at the worst part in my characters life and then roll ahead from there.

Do you have any tech tools that help you with your output?
I have this awesome electronic pen that I use to write out my stories when inspiration hits me. It records my strokes electronically and I can even save what I have written to be downloaded later and sometimes even digitally typed. I list other items that help me in my writer’s life on my website https://howtoebook.org/products/amazonproducts/

Do you put yourself on a schedule with a word or page count goal?
I never have a word or page count goal, I write until I’m tired. I know I’m
addicted to writing so overall a day, I should have produced about 10,000
words. Whether it’s from blogging, copyrighting, work writing, status messages
or fiction writing.

When did you decide to become a writer?
The day I met Beverly Jenkins. I saw someone like me who was an author and knew I could be an author too. She’s my Shero. Where do you do most of your writing? Up until Mother’s Day of this year, I did most of my writing lying  or sitting In bed. My beau fixed up an office for me at home and I’m happy as a lark.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Believe in your idea and bring your writings in your head to fruition because you do not want to die with them inside of your brain. There is no download or recovery. There’s just you not leaving a legacy.

Do you write full-time or part-time? I’m a part-time writer.
I have three kids and as a busy single mom, I still need a benefit job to support braces, glasses, really great health care until they are I don’t mind the sacrifice. I love being a mom and I handle my writing career around my “benefit” job like a pro.

With this being your 40th book you must have figured out a way to be so prolific.
Get to work. Use every second of the day to be proactive at something. Stop telling myself I’m going to do it and just do it. And most of all, stop getting caught up on what I couldn’t do or accomplish and just try to do better the next day. I always love hearing about an author's writing process so can you tell us about some bits of yours? When I need a lot of emotion in a scene especially when it comes to expressing how characters feel about something very strongly, an argument or even a powerful seduction seen, I have to literally talk it out and hear the convo out loud before I can write it down. I also hate complete silence. I have to have music playing or the tv running for white noise to I can concentrate.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
In so many ways. I read my earlier work and I’m like wow I’ve grown. From listening to my editors, to learning more about my craft, I think my stories have grown creatively exponentially.

What is the hardest thing about writing?
Getting everyone in my family to respect my writing time and giving over the story to the character to let them finish telling it.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
For a three hundred page book, (about 100 thousand words) it takes me about four
months when I sit my butt in a chair at least four times a week for about an hour.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In 10 years? 5 years
I hope to be traveling and speaking more about writing publishing and marketing, plus single busy mummying. In ten years, I hope to be a relaxing on the beach, just writing books and skyping speaking events. LOL

What other genres do you write?
Suspense Romance with a touch of noir, erotic, thriller, adventure, action, women’s contemporary, urban and/or drama. So someone will fall in love and someone will die, but I’m not sure what order it will come in.

Did you do any research for the book, Beautiful?
If so, how did you do it? (Searching Internet, magazines, other books, etc.) For Beautiful, Madison spliced plant DNA in order to create super veggies. I had to under a lot about DNA, extraction techniques and proper growth techniques. She also came up with beauty products naturally made and I had to get into a lot of organic techniques on how to make beauty products naturally. It was a fun
journey and I enjoyed learning how to do those things.

What about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The strength of Madison and the journey she had to take to find the strength she already had inside of her. People will learn you really make diamonds from pressure and love – agape love between a man and woman can be shared in so many different ways, but you really have to love from your heart to understand it and receive it.

Do you have a saying or motto for your life and/or as a writer?
Never give anyone the keys to drive you crazy.