DANGER, PASSION, EXCITEMENT & INTRIGUE @ YOUR FINGERTIPS

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Hey There,

Glad you took the time to pop through. Welcome to my blog! 

Pull up a chair and relax!

My newest release, Bruised (Book 1) is now available from Sugar and Spice Press: http://www.sugarnspicepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=7&products_id=236&zenid=5b4ac0000d1874151785066308805731

About the Book:

When Baltimore Homicide Detective Lisa Swanson and her partner Dee Quarter are called to investigate the murder of Ernest Juarez, Lisa meets wheelchair bound Jake Jenson, a man determined to find his best friend’s killer at all costs. Jake is instantly attracted to the standoffish Lisa yet can’t understand why Lisa keeps him at arm’s length.

What Jake feels is resistance toward him, is really Lisa’s distrust of men caused by a previous relationship centered on domestic violence. Lisa desperately searches for Ernest’s killer while fighting her feelings for Jake and trying to mend the pain from her past.

Jake just might be the man of Lisa’s dreams, but will she let shame and fear stand in the way of a new love?

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Spotlight: Basement Level 5: Never Scared by Leslie Wright

I am happy to welcome Leslie Wright to Stacy’s World! Please support her and check out her new book!

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Title:  Basement Level 5: Never Scared

Genre:   Suspense/Thriller

Release Date:  March 7, 2014

Blurb:

Alexa Martinez was raised to believe that murder, deceit, and lies were a part of life. A trained killer, she follows in her father’s footsteps, specializing in political assassinations for Martinez Security-contracted through the CIA. She thrives on the power, money, respect, and-most of all-the adrenaline rush.

Despite the danger associated with her profession, Alexa strives to give her children a normal life. But when her past catches up with her, they become pawns in a deadly game of revenge. Operating from a secret base, five levels below ground, Alexa struggles to unravel the puzzle, uncovering secrets that will alter their lives forever. Now she must make a choice-is she willing to die to give her children a life outside the bullet-proof glass?

Excerpt: 

As she neared the street, a shadowy figure turned into the alley. Alexa froze. The sun had already gone down, so she wasn’t sure if he’d noticed her. Cautiously, she slipped behind a trashcan and leaned against the wall of the store.

“Did you see her?” a male voice asked.

“No, I didn’t,” responded a different man. “I checked the whole store. She’s nowhere in sight.”

“How did she slip past us?”

“I don’t know.”

She closed her eyes and wondered how she was going to get out of this. Grabbing an empty pop bottle, she pitched it behind her. Footsteps raced toward the sound. Once they were past her, she bolted for the street as fast as she could go. It seemed too easy, but she went with it—until she ran right into a third man, who grabbed and hauled her off her feet.

She struggled, kicking and punching him. Finally he lost his grip and dropped her. She immediately socked him in the balls. It stunned him, but not enough to disable him. He grabbed her hair as she slammed him in the knee with her good foot. His leg buckled, but his grip remained steady. She grabbed another stray bottle and bashed him in the face. Releasing her, he collapsed to the ground with a thud.

Another man advanced toward her and she kicked him in the chest. Yanking her knife from its hiding place, she thrust it into his neck. As a third man charged her, she pulled the knife out and plunged it into that man’s leg. Before he could retaliate, she jerked her gun from its holster and shot him.

A groan pulled her attention back to the first man, who was struggling to his feet. She slapped him across the cheek with the butt of her gun. He slumped back to the ground.

She leaned down and peered at his face. “Who the hell sent you?”

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About L. R. Wright:

Leslie

L. R. Wright is a devoted wife and mother.  Born and raised in Southwest Michigan, near Ann Arbor, her mother always instilled in her the importance of reading.  As a young girl, she loved to be holed up in her room creating stories.  And that didn’t change as she aged.  Eventually, her larger-than-life stories and unforgettable characters propelled her to write. 

When she’s not writing romance and women’s fiction, she’s planning events, watching ID TV, or spending time with family.

 

You can connect with Leslie here:

Website:  http://www.lwrightauthor.com

Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/lesliewrightauthor

Twitter: @LWrightAuthor

Welcome Shelia M. Goss and The Joneses!

Welcome special guest Shelia M. Goss! Thanks Shelia for stopping by and for sharing a bit about your new release!

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What the book is about:

Keeping up with the Joneses isn’t all it’s made out to be. In this intriguing novel full of drama and plot twists, one family tries to hold on to their “perfect” life before their secrets, lies, and scandals are exposed.

On the outside, the Joneses seem like the ideal family: Royce Jones, a funeral home mogul, and his wife, Lexi, are parents to Charity, Hope, and Lovie—and everybody wants to be them. But it’s true that money can’t buy happiness, and the Joneses are harboring secrets that can’t stay hidden forever…It’s only a matter of time before the Joneses’ perfect life goes spinning out of control.

Sample:

Avoiding Lexi hadn’t been easy, and it seemed that it was all for naught. I heard her coming long before she made it to my office. I looked up toward the door awaiting her entrance.

Lexi stormed in my office enraged. “Royce, you can run, but you can’t hide. You caused this problem and you’re going to fix it. Now tell me how you plan on doing it, so I can deal with other things.”

Lexi plopped down in front of my desk.

“Hello to you, too, my beautiful wife.”

“Save the pleasantries for your customers.” Lexi held her hand in the air and then looked around. “Snap! There are no customers.”

“Calm down. If there were some, you would run them off with that mouth of yours.”

“Calm? How can I be calm when according to you, we’re going broke?”

Order your copy of THE JONESES from Simon & Schuster (http://books.simonandschuster.com/Joneses/Shelia-M-Goss/9781593095222) or purchase from other online retailers such as: 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1593095228/simonsayscom

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-joneses-sheila-m-goss/1115884720?ean=9781593095222

IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781593095222

 

Available in stores everywhere on February 18, 2014.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shelia M. Goss is a national bestselling author and a screenwriter. The Joneses is her seventeenth book in print. She writes in multiple genres. USA Today says, “Goss has an easy, flowing style with her prose…” She’s received many accolades in her career, including being a finalist in the mystery category for the 2013 AA Literary Award Show and a 2012 Emma Award Finalist. Her books have been on several best sellers lists, such as: Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News and Black Expressions Book Club. Shelia loves to hear from readers so feel free to contact her via her website: www.sheliagoss.com or follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sheliagoss or Twitter: www.twitter.com/sheliamgoss.

 

THE JONESES GIVEAWAY

 

Lexi Jones, one of the main characters, from THE JONESES loves her handbags so it’s just befitting that the grand prize be a handbag.  Contest ends on February 25, 2014.

 

GRAND PRIZE:

One (1) random entrant will receive a small Coach handbag {Retail value: $188.00, 10 3/4″(L) x 7″(H) x 3 1/4″(W)} and Bath & Body Works minatures (Retail value: $19.75)

 

RUNNER UP:

One (1) random entrant will receive an autographed copy of Montana’s Way.

 

10 ENTRANTS:

Ten (10) random entrants will receive the electronic version of the book Hollywood Deception.

 

Open to U.S. & Canada residents only. Avoid where prohibited by law.

 

To enter please go to Shelia’s website and fill out the form:

www.sheliagoss.com/blog

 

 

Guest Author: Deatri King-Bey!

It is a pleasure to welcome Deatri King-Bey to Stacy’s World! Please support her by checking out her new interracial romance release!

Book Intro: The Impossible Possible by Deatri King-Bey

One of the reasons I love romance so much is taking the common themes and doing something completely different with them. My favorite traditional romance theme has always been the baby daddy theme. In it the heroine hides the fact that she’s had the hero’s child from him. Then years later, they meet again and he discovers the secret! Yeah, I love that one. In my new title, The Impossible Possible, I decided to switch it up a bit. This time the hero hides the fact that he’s the heroine’s son’s father. Hmmm, impossible you think? After you read The Impossible Possible, let me know what you think.

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 The Impossible Possible

Bryanna Martin has given up on finding her happily ever after. The only way she’ll fall in love and marry is if God sends her Mr. Right to her door. Since she doesn’t believe that will happen, she devotes her life to her adopted son and career. Then the impossible happens, the perfect man literally shows up at her door. Drawn to the handsome stranger, Bryanna wonders if this is one impossible that can become possible.

Alejandro Montenegro, CEO of a Global 500 corporation, dropped everything to catch a flight and claim a son he didn’t know about. When he arrives, he discovers his child is not in foster care being abused, but in the loving care of a golden goddess. To spare his son from losing the only mother he has ever known, Alejandro decides to remain silent about his son’s paternity and pursue Bryanna, but then the impossible happens. He falls in love and knows she will leave him if she discovers his secret.

 Still not convinced? Click here to read the first chapter.

Purchase your copy today: Print and eBook (Kindle, ePub via Barnes & Noble)

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn a little about The Impossible Possible. For information on all of my titles, visit me online at http://DeatriKingBey.com.

I love to hear from readers. Let me know what you think.

Much Joy, Peace, and Love

Deatri King-Bey

Thanks for sharing your work with Stacy’s World!

Would You Lie to Accomplish Your Dreams?

*This post is in connection to my upcoming romantic comedy serial, Welcome to Hollywood*

HollywoodIn Welcome to Hollywood, one of the main characters, William Peel is a struggling black actor trying to…you guessed it, make it in Hollywood. Of course he runs into many of the same issues all aspiring actors run into. After years of working his butt off, William feels it’s more important to get what he wants than to play by the rules.

How far would you go to accomplish a dream that’s dear to you? Would you lie if it meant getting you what you’ve always wanted? We all know right from wrong, but when faced with something we’ve always wanted that’s within our grasp, would taking the chance be worth it?

That’s a question everyone must answer for themselves. I like to do things by the book, but then again some people feel like the ones that do things by the book are always left out in the cold. That’s interesting when you look at it.  William’s a good person who makes a bad decision, but learns a lot along the way. Still, one of the most important questions he must answer is, “Was it worth it?”

You’ll have to tune into Welcome to Hollywood to find out. Coming soon!

Have You Ever Been Tempted to Cheat?

*This post is in connection to my upcoming AA women’s fiction serial, Sisters Interrupted*

Boy does Layla Oates have a problem. Or does she? I guess it depends on how you look at it. See on the surface, people might see Layla and figure she has everything and would be stupid to look outside of her marriage for anything. She’s 34 years old and has her own catering business, which is doing better and better by the day. She’s got two beautiful little girls and she’s married to Patrick, a handsome surgeon.

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Now knowing all this I bet most women would say, “Why the heck would she even think about cheating? She has a life women would kill for!” The truth is that Layla’s marriage is going downhill and she and Patrick don’t really know why. All they know is that they can’t be in a room together more than five minutes these days without arguing.

Despite the love Layla feels for Patrick, she can’t help thinking about another man. A man who would give her the moon and stars if she only asked.

Cheating is a funny subject. We all might can say what we would or wouldn’t do, but the truth is we never know until we are in a situation. I don’t condone cheating whatsoever, but I am human. I’ve been tempted. I won’t lie and say I haven’t but I didn’t fall into the trap of cheating. Some people find it too hard to say no. Is it wrong? Sure, but that’s not the issue. The issue is, what would we do if we ever found ourselves tempted? Layla keeps telling herself she’ll never cheat but will she live up to that promise?

You’ll have to tune into my upcoming serial, Sisters Interrupted to find out. 

Have you ever been tempted and if so, did you walk away or dive into the temptation?

The 411 with Niyah Moore

First tell us a bit about yourself. What attracted you to become a writer?

I’m a divorced mother of two from Sacramento, California. I started writing at a young age, and I always dreamed of one day being published like my favorite authors. I grew up reading The Babysitters Club Books, V.C. Andrews, and Dean R. Koontz, so it just flowed really naturally for me.

 Tell us about your latest book. How did you come up with the concept of this story?

Major Jazz

Major Jazz is the title and I spent some time in The Fillmore District of San Francisco. I was inspired by its jazz theme on Fillmore Street. There are these signs that say: Fillmore Jazz District, the Heart and Soul of the City and I was curious. With a little research I discovered, that we had a Harlem of the West, right in San Francisco in the 1950’s. My wheels started turning. I moved to Fillmore, dug into the rich history, and Major Ingram was born.

 What do you like and dislike the most about the writing industry?

I like the networking part of it and event planning. I get super nervous when it’s time to make appearances, believe it or not. That’s my least favorite part because I tend to get really shy.

 Have you enjoyed your journey as a published author so far? Do you have any regrets about the choices you’ve made?

I am enjoying this journey. I have had such a wonderful experience with authors in general. I’ve been really blessed. I have no regrets so far, because I really connect well with others.

 What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned concerning the industry?

Well, not everyone is going to be happy about your success. You have to watch what you say and how you say things to people. Things can get very easily misconstrued.

 What advice do you have for authors in terms of promotion? Do you use out-of-the box methods to get people interested in your work?

You have to work overtime when it comes to promotion. NO one is going to do it for you. You can’t afford to be lazy if you really want to be successful. So far, my methods have been pretty basic, social networking and so forth, but next year, I have some pretty good ideas up my sleeve to get some new readers.

 Congratulations on signing with Peace in the Storm! What attracted you to the company and what are your literary hopes now that you’re with PITS?

Thank you so much. I’m truly excited to be with PITS. I’ve known about the company for some time now since working on anthologies with Elissa. When I met Elissa in Harlem in 2011, I made this connection and I was interested. I began paying attention to the authors, the type of works they put out and I noticed the pride each one took in their craft. The fact that they are like a family is what really had me sold. Now that I’m with PITS, I just plan on doing my part and being a member of the family as well. It just feels like home.

 What’s something that you would tell a new writer that you wish you’d known when you started in the business?

Be patient. The publishing world definitely operates at its own pace. If you’re expecting over night BOOM, I’m here to tell you that it takes a lot of hard work and patience. If you truly love writing, you will find a way to take constructive criticism and really hone your craft. Take pride in your work to research and know everything you can about the business. You have to love what you do.

 What can your fans expect from you next?

I have so many things I want to complete, but I have a Vampire series, Female Assassin series, and a Young Adult series… I don’t like to be in a box. I’m definitely just not an erotic writer.

 Authors seem to have mixed feelings when it comes to ebooks. How do you feel? Do you think the digital age is a hindrance or blessing for authors?

At first, I wasn’t too thrilled, but since having praise for my previous novels Bittersweet Exes and Guilty Pleasures, I welcome the new wave of technology. The only thing I don’t really care for is how some authors just throw anything out there. That’s the only downfall to me.

 What do you hope a reader takes away from your work?

I hope they can feel just how passionate I am about writing. The stories I tell are always layered, stories inside of the big story, and there’s always a great story.

 What words of wisdom do you have for newbies starting in the industry today?

Listen to your heart, follow your dreams, and be the best author you can be. Pride can get in your way and hinder you from reaching your full potential. It takes a lot of no’s before that intended yes. You have to be strong enough to handle it.

 Thanks for stopping by!

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The 411 with Author Brian Ganges

First tell us a bit about Brian.

 Hello, my name is Brian Ganges, and I am currently the lone male author with Peace in the Storm Publishing. I was born and raised in New Jersey, and I currently live in Texas. I’m just a real guy. I love Jesus (not just the cliché), I love spending time with my wife and daughter, I enjoy sports, reading, writing, and having a good time laughing and being a jokester.

 What attracted you to become a writer?

 I became a writer so that I can put out material that is replete with sound, Biblical information. I know that everyone might not believe the Bible like I believe it, but I have a strong conviction in the Scriptures, and I want to express it through books.

Often times, I see an author or two that has a good grasp on some topics, but they are off in others. They believe the Bible 50% of the time and they inject their opinions, their race, and their emotions the other 50% of the time. We need contextual, concise and easy-to-learn material on the shelves. I am not saying that there aren’t any good books on the shelves, because I believe that there are good books on the shelves. But I know that I am doing my part to bring forth good reading material that will bring clarity and insight to issues that matter, as well.

 Tell us about your latest book. How did you come up with the concept?

My 2010 release is entitled, “Piecing the Puzzle Together.” This book shows readers how to set themselves on a sturdy foundation of the Word for a more productive and God-centered life.

Section One sets the foundation of life with a general overview and understanding of the three-part essence of humanity: spirit, soul, and body. Each part of our being has a corresponding element in the world with which we need to properly relate: spiritual, emotional, and natural. If any of the three parts is left without suitable interaction or attention it will cause us to be out-of-balance with our environment. This section demonstrates how to maintain that balance.

Section Two provides the reader with the abstract components of life: truth, love and faith. These concepts are intangible, so the reader is given a clear picture of what truth, love and faith looks like. This way the reader can see and know if he/she has the correct components in order to build a structure upon a strong foundation.

Section Three brings it all together and allows the reader to build the structure for life. In this section, more wisdom (direction) is given to the reader so that the information can be properly utilized. This is also the “how-to” portion of the book that challenges the proactive reader to become better in every area of life.

The concept of the book: I have been in the construction industry for nearly 2 decades, and building is what I do. So I took the same concept and wrote about how to build a life; hence, the three sections of the book are fashioned after the construction phases of a building; and those same phases are used to build a strong, spiritual life for God.

What do you like and dislike the most about the writing industry?

I like the ability and the latitude given to be creative. I don’t like that some people take that latitude and publish negative books that feed into stereotypical behavior. But I am definitely a proponent of the 1st Amendment.

Have you enjoyed your journey as a published author so far? Do you have any regrets about the choices you’ve made?

I am enjoying the journey tremendously. I have learned a lot and I am meeting a lot of wonderful people. It’s great to talk to people in the industry and share experiences. It is also wonderful to meet the readers and glean some insight from the supporters point-of-view.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned concerning the industry?

I’ve learned that if your heart isn’t in it, then you are in the wrong business. If I never make the NY Times bestseller list, I’m doing what I love to do and what I am called to do. This is where my passion lies and I will never sell out for a dollar.

What advice do you have for authors in terms of promotion? Do you use out-of-the box methods to get people interested in your work?

You have to cast the seeds of promotion; sometimes far and wide. But the main idea is to remember the demographic of your target audience, and sell who you are and what you have to say. I don’t use any fancy techniques to promote myself. I’m really just an ordinary guy, and I just present who I am and the message that I carry. Those who are “my audience” hear the message and support my work.

How has your experience been with Peace in the Storm Publishing?

Peace in the Storm (P.I.T.S.) Publishing is a dream come true. It’s a lot of work, but when you have such a great publisher that really cares about you and your work, it’s easy to stay focused and do what you love to do. We have a pretty good mix of authors in different genres and with different personalities at P.I.T.S.; and even though we live in various parts of the country, most of us stay in contact weekly online, and we can vibe off of one another, as needed. Some of us communicate more than others, but it is still very much a family atmosphere. I have seen other small African American independent presses, and all I can say is thank God for P.I.T.S.

What’s something that you would tell a new writer that you wish you’d known when you started in the business?

I would tell new writers to get informed about the business if you don’t have someone to coach you along. I was blessed to have Elissa there for me. I realize that I had/have a unique situation. But you need someone to help you along and to guide you through the landmines of the business.

What can your fans expect from you next? Do you have any new releases coming up?

My 2013 release is entitled, “Lord, Deliver Me From Church Folks.” It is a follow-up to my current book, “Piecing the Puzzle Together.” While my current book shows readers how to set themselves on a sturdy foundation of the Word for a more productive and God-centered life, “Lord, Deliver Me From Church Folks” shows the readers how to use that mindset to find sound answers to relevant (and often) “swept under the rug” questions.

Many people go to Church to look for: answers to questions, God, healing, understanding, fellowship, etc. But often times, people leave the Church frustrated, offended, confused and/or hurt. This book eliminates all of the guesswork, myths, opinions, traditions of men, and the misconceptions that have plagued the Church, and it deals with many of the hard-hitting questions in a tasteful and a Biblical way.

Questions such as: Should we tithe? To what extent should I obey my Pastor and those that are in authority over me? Is oral sex a sin? Can my girlfriend and I take a sexual test drive before we get married? Can I listen to secular music? Can I go to the movies? How does God really feel about sexual relations between members of the same gender? These questions and so much more are all answered in the book. Right information dispels ignorance, and after reading “Lord, Deliver Me From Church Folks” you will no longer have simply your opinion on matters, you will actually see what the Scriptures have to say; and you won’t be ignorant of God’s way any longer.

Authors seem to have mixed feelings when it comes to ebooks. How do you feel? Do you think the digital age is a hindrance or blessing for authors?

The publishing industry is a lot like the construction industry and the world as a whole: it’s changing. What worked 5-10 years ago isn’t the only thing that works now. Online books stores and e-books are revolutionizing this industry, so we have to find ways to maximize our readership and to stay abreast of market trends. I like the change; change is inevitable, so those of us who want to capitalize on this new found shift and growth in technology will continue to follow this blazed trail. From here, we might just find our own trail to blaze.

What do you hope readers learn from your books?

I want readers to be free in Jesus; not in religion; not in what their friends are doing; not in the latest fashion; not in what their Church teaches. But freedom in Jesus and a strong, nurturing and fulfilling relationship with Him is what I want for every reader. If people seek Him and His Word because of my books, then I accomplished the task that I set out to do.

What words of wisdom do you have for newbies starting in the industry today?

Don’t give up. Things happen for a reason, and they happen it their season. What is your message? Start writing, today. Research the industry. Start an outline. Do a character sketch. Find out what other authors in your genre are doing. Opportunities come to doers and to those who are making preparation today. Opportunities don’t come to waiters.

Thanks for stopping by!

Website: http://brianganges.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brian.ganges