Monday, November 17, 2014

What I love to read

Last Friday I finished a book by one of my favorite authors, Beverly Jenkins (http://www.beverlyjenkins.net). It's the third installment in her Destiny series that features the Yates family, and it was wonderful. If you enjoy historical romance, Destiny's Captive is a must read!


Whenever I finish one book, I go directly to the To Be Read folder I've set up on my Kindle and chose my next read. In the past ten years, I've met hundreds of authors through in person and online contact, and even though I'd love to, it's impossible to read all of them.

One of my author buddies I was anxious to read was Delaney Diamond  (http://www.delaneydiamond.com). We met at a Georgia Romance Writers meeting and have had lunch together. I picked her book Unforgettable, as my next choice. 

This book has a sexy hero and an independent, smart heroine facing a personal dilemma that relates to family. I'm only 35% into the story so far, but as I read, I realized that beyond my love of romance I really adore stories about families. Unforgettable is the first book in Delaney's Johnson Family series, and I already know that she has me locked in to buy the other books.


The family dynamic always fascinates me, and as an author, it provides additional opportunity for drama besides that between the hero and heroine. People are the product of their environment, and a character's family life can make a story so much more interesting.

I'm having a ball writing Don't Stop Till You Get Enough, Book Three in my Stafford brothers series (https://www.facebook.com/StaffordBrothersNovels). I love this family. In this book, readers will meet Greg, the brother with an embarrassing problem.  

As I get ready for the holidays and prepare to have our extended crew for Thanksgiving, I thought I'd share these quotes with you...

Happy or unhappy, families are all mysterious. We have only to imagine how differently we would be described - and will be, after our deaths - by each of the family members who believe they know us.


A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

New Release Preview - James Fant

It always makes me happy when one of my online author buddies has a new release. I love to see my friends being productive and sharing their thoughts and ideas with the world. 


James Fant is an award winning author who lives in Charleston, SC with his lovely wife and two hilarious children. When he’s not reading everything from business management to mysteries or “entertaining” his family with piano solos and spoken word, James writes inspirational romance and suspense that warms the heart and hopefully makes readers laugh—in public.


Today I'm giving you a little peek at James Fant's upcoming novel, and I asked him three question about the subject matter - Marriage, Cohabitation, and SIMON’S SPLINTER.

Three Questions for Author James Fant 


Question: What is the premise for your upcoming novel SIMON’S SPLINTER and why did you write it?

Answer: The novel is about Owen Graham, a man who never wants to get married. His girlfriend, Aisha Elian, says she’s cool with that but she’s lying to herself and Graham. Enter Simon’s Splinter. Aisha’s family believes that they are descendants of Simon of Cyrene. Also, they possess a splinter that—they insist—was pulled from Simon’s hand after he carried the cross for Jesus. If the splinter resides in their home, it will give them what they desire. Aisha wants to marry Graham. But will she use the splinter’s power to do it…even when she thinks it is killing him?

I wrote the novel as a result of a crazy what if question—essentially, what if Simon of Cyrene had descendants that actually had a splinter from the same cross on which Jesus was crucified. What crazy things can happen in a story like that? Also, I wanted to look at cohabitation and the reasons that a couple would choose to live together long-term without getting married. After much study, I saw that the reasons varied from the convenience of sharing expenses to “test driving the car” so to speak. Some cases, as is the case of the novel, either one or both of the parties just don’t see the need in making it legal in the eyes of the law.

Question: How did you become interested in the topic of cohabitation and marriage?

Answer: My mother lived with her second husband for several years before they got married. It was like one month he had his own apartment, the next month, he was moving into ours. To each his own, but as I grew up, that’s just not something I desired for myself. I wondered why my mother and step-father lived together for so long before they tied the knot. If one were to say to strengthen their marriage because they were able to get to know one another, they’d be wrong because they later divorced. Some people can make it work. For others, cohabitation can end in disaster. My uncle recently passed away and his long-time, live in girlfriend, with whom he had a child, really had no say in the way his last days were handled or even his funeral. Some denounce marriage because they say they aren’t spiritual. The novel touches on this but offers a counter for cohabitants who love each other. Love, in itself, is very spiritual.

Question: What did you hope to accomplish by publishing your novel SIMON’S SPLINTER?

Answer:  As an inspirational author, and a writer who strives to inspire people to have the best relationships possible, I hope that I can inspire someone to be completely honest with themselves and their significant other about what they want out of a relationship without fear of rejection. I hope that I spread the message that change can sometimes be a marvelous thing. Lastly, I hope to impress upon readers that when it comes to being in love, strange things can happen when someone gets under your skin.

His third novel, SIMON’S SPLINTER, will be available on Kindle, Nook, and Paperback on 11/28/14. Please visit the Website http://jamesfantbooks.com for more details.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Another New Cover!

Ain't Too Proud to Beg has a brand new cover! 




Cover Me Book Covers (https://www.facebook.com/CoverMeBookCover/timeline) did a super job as usual. Borrow on #KINDLEUNLIMITED:

USA - http://amzn.to/TNCAuW 

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

New Release Party for Kiss My Lips

Today I am happy to share my buddy Stella's brand new release. She is a fantastic author who knows how to write about the swirl! 


Title: Kiss My Lips
Series: Holiday Series, #2
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Multicultural/Interracial
ISBN: 978-1502776549 (Paperback)
Publication Date: Wednesday 29th October 2014
Cover Artist: Love Bites And Silk

Kiss My Lips (Holiday Series Book 2) is a sequel to
Stolen Valentine Kiss (Holiday Series Book 1).
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Blurb
Will one kiss seal their love?

Accepting Logan’s marriage proposal was the most exciting event of Lorna’s life. But deciding in what country to marry her fiancĂ© proved to be more than a tearful ordeal. When Lorna’s dad announced unexpected news, the wedding wheels spun in a different direction.

With other family members stirring conflict, would there be a wedding? Or would their shared kiss deepen their desire?

Kiss My Lips – Excerpt 

          The doorbell sounded.

Lorna lifted her teary face out of her aunt's arms. "Who else are you expecting this morning? You’ve got more surprises in store for me, Auntie?"
Instead of answering the question, her aunt glanced at her brother.

"Please get the door, Kanu. I'll quickly get changed. Make my guest welcome, will you?"

Lorna looked from the woman rushing off to her father, who was striding towards the front door. She plucked out a handful of tissue from her bag, wiped off streaks of wet mascara and sat on the black leather bar stool by the kitchen island. She poured herself a glass of mango juice and was sipping the drink when her father came back with Logan in tow.

The glass slipped out of her right fingers but she rescued it with her left hand. Her stomach muscles contracted. Her feet rushed ahead and she threw herself into Logan's outstretched arms.

He scented of warm balsam. She inhaled as her head rested on the hard plane of his chest wall. Pure joy leaked out of her heart, flooding her entire body. The arms holding her were all taut muscle and strength. She wrapped her arms round his black silk shirt and burst into tears.

"Maybe I should leave you two," her father excused, walking in the direction of the second guest bedroom through the hallway.

Logan guided his fiancée to the pale green, moriko leaf upholstered sofa. He sat down and pulled her to sit across his thighs.

Lorna sobbed.

Logan let her cry. From time to time, he wiped her face.

Through her tears, she saw a tiny trickle of moisture drop down one lane on his cheek. "Are you crying, Logan?" she asked, not quite sure he understood her pain. She wiped one finger over the wetness and then, she saw another small tear, drop out of his right eye.

With her face only inches from his, Lorna kissed his half-parted lips. The kiss was raw and hungry as her tongue dived into his mouth, demanding and taking. Her nipples stiffened in her body-hugging top and she pressed her breasts into his torso.
Logan's arms crashed around her shoulders and the chiseled wall of his chest teased her nipples taut. Wild fire raged as his tongue dipped into her mouth, taking control and sending flickers of burning heat through her thighs.

"Your dad and aunt are here, sweetheart. Do you want me to show them how much you mean to me?" Logan's sensible words brought her back to her aunt's living room. She leaned her head on his forehead.

"When I saw the tear drop from your eye, fireworks exploded in my chest. You cried with me, Logan," she said in awe.

"Did I?" Logan shrugged, running one finger across her lips. "Love is a strange emotion, Lorna. Your pain is my pain and your joy is mine."


 Author Bio

Stella’s a fun loving mother of two, married to her very own gorgeous alpha male who satisfies her romantic appetite.

Writing romance novels is now her full time passion. In 2010, Stella created Flirty & Feisty Romance Novels laced with the right cocktail of blazing passion, intrigue & toe-curling romance set in fascinating Africa, enticing Europe and America. There are seven contemporary romance novels in the basket; Loitering Shadows, Stormy Defense, Beyond the Lady, The Gardener’s Ice Maiden, Sparkling Dawn, Husband to Rent, Stolen Valentine Kiss (Holiday Series #1).

My first historical romance is on my writing desk at the moment. In my leisure, I go swimming, reads romance novels, go to the Cinema and watch TV.

Flirty & Feisty Romance wishes you an amazing holiday season.

Our promise...is to deliver an intensely emotional experience you'll never forget.


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Monday, October 27, 2014

More News!


A wonderful surprise!  Building Relationships Around Books (BRAB), the 1,400 member Facebook reading group, selected me as the winner of their 2014 FIRST CHRISTIAN FICTION AWARD!

This award is for my two faith-based books:  I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU - 
http://amzn.to/pIMyTS and AIN’T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING - http://amzn.to/rZUfHX



And I’m traveling again. Today I have an interview on Indie Book Week - http://indiebookweek.com/2014/10/25/author-interview-chicki-brown-2/. Also, author Dalia Florea is doing a feature on the Stafford Brothers series - http://daliaflorea.blogspot.com/2014/10/spotlight-author-chicki-brown.html. Stop by and say hello.




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Writer Wednesday

I am writing furiously to get my WIP done before Christmas. Here's another UNEDITED sneak peek into Don't Stop Till You Get Enough, Book Three in the Stafford Brothers series.


He’s still hadn’t spoken to his father, and he wanted it to stay that way, but he needed to return Charles’ call. Charles, one of his twin brothers, was only eighteen months younger than him, and he was closest to him of all his brothers. He needed to talk to someone, so scrolled through his contact list.

“I got your message, but I wasn’t in the mood to talk, man.”

“How’re you doing?” Charles asked, with concern deepening his voice.

“I’m doing,” he said, gazing down at his photo in the article on the folded newspaper he’d carried out of the conference room.“I just left a meeting with my boss, the station manager, and my attorney. The station decided if I voluntarily submit to therapy, they won’t fire me even though I broke the morals clause in my contract. At least I still have my job.”

“They’re making you go to therapy for an isolated incident?”

Greg hesitated. “Well…the decision wasn’t just based on what happened yesterday.”

“What do you mean?”

“Ah…once the word got out, some of the women in the office started spilling their guts.”

“What did they have to spill?”

“Nothing major.” He groaned. “They were just…concerned about how many of them did the spilling.”

“Damn, man! Were you popping every female on the staff?”

“No,” Greg snickered. “And it amazes me how they are suddenly so willing to go public about a private affair.”

“There’s a bigger issue going on here, don’t you think?” Charles said, sounding graver than Greg thought necessary. “I noticed it when I stayed with you. Maybe it’s time you faced up to what’s happening.”

Greg ground his teeth at the censure in his brother’s tone, and he immediately went on the defensive. “Lots of people do threesomes. Why is it a crime when I do it?”

“It’s not a crime, but the way you seem to be taking chances, I wonder if it’s something that happens every now and then or whether it’s become your lifestyle.”

“My lifestyle? Seriously? You’re talking as if I’m some kind of deviant. I like sex, and I don’t care to be tied down to one woman.”

“I know I sound like Mama and Daddy, but what’s wrong with finding a nice girl and settling down? It’s not as bad as you might think. In fact, it’s not bad at all.”

“What? Did you ever think maybe it’s just not in the cards for me?”

“Why would you think it isn’t?”

“Because if that was the case, one woman would grab my attention and hold it. It just hasn’t happened. They all grab my attention, for about twenty minutes.”

“You’re not eighteen anymore, Greg. There comes a time when you have to grow up.”
This sage advice coming from his younger brother grated on his nerves. “So because I don’t want a ball and chain around my ankle, that makes me immature?”

“Just the fact that you see a good woman as a shackle shows how much growing up you need to do.”

“I expected Daddy to chew me out, but not you. Look, I don’t have time for this. I’ve gotta go.”

“Yeah, right. You just don’t want to hear the truth. Let me say this before you hang up on me. A year ago, I didn’t think there was anyone special out there for me either, but I met Adanna and everything changed. Marc said the same thing about him and Gianne. We don’t know what the future holds.”

“What if it doesn’t hold anything but more of the same?”

“You don’t really believe that.”

“I don’t know what I believe anymore.”

“Maybe going to therapy will help you figure it out. I’m glad you kept your job. Keep in touch, will you?”

COMING DECEMBER 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

The best things in life...

I'm sure you've heard the old saying, "The best things in life are free." There is much truth to that old adage, especially when it comes to books.



Right now I have two novels that are available for free download:

My novella, YOU MAKE ME FEEL BRAND NEW, is always free

One year ago, personal chef Jan Davis signed her divorce papers after a miserable twenty-five-year marriage. She is single again, and romantic attention is as foreign to her as ancient Carthaginian cuisine. When she meets her new client, sports management agent Mac Sinclair, who is eleven years younger, Jan’s life takes a complete turnaround. She’s thrilled, but everyone in her life isn’t as pleased. - http://amzn.to/11eeXRq. Also free on Kobo and Smashwords.


AIN'T TOO PROUD TO BEG is also free to borrow on KindleUnlimited.

Hollywood film star Vaughn Breland has wrecked his beloved Lamborghini, lost his latest movie role, the use of his legs and possibly his fabulous good looks. He’s depressed and mad at the world then he meets Trenyce Clark, his new physical therapist. Trenyce, and her beautiful three-year-old daughter, give him a new outlook on life. - http://amzn.to/TNCAuW