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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Writer Wednesday - New Release from Lyssa Layne

Today's Writer Wednesday spotlight is on author Lyssa Lane's new release. If you love hot romance and even hotter firefighters, read on... 
 

Burst Into Flame by Lyssa Layne

Book Description
“In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”
-Albert Schweitzer

For Dr. Katy Garrity, life is a whirlwind, and the New York Fire Department is the heart of the storm. After claiming so many people she loved, including her own husband, Katy is left adrift, trying to keep up with a busy career, a baby son, and her loving extended family.

Her only anchor is Jesse O'Neil, her late husband's best friend. The charming former playboy has put his entire life on hold to care for Katy and her son. It's inevitable that sparks will flare between them, but all of life seems to be conspiring to keep them apart. Especially Katy's own heart, which shies away from trusting another firefighter.

Will the flames of passion burst into a lifetime of love? Or will secrets burn away their connection, causing Dr. Garrity to be burned again?

                           

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Don’t forget to add Love is a Fire to your bookshelf on Goodreads!


About the Author

Lyssa Layne is first, and foremost, the proud momma to her precious daughter, AR. In addition to working full-time and being a mommy to AR, she is also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, a runner, blogger, and an infertility survivor.

Having watched one too many medical dramas and being inspired by author Rachelle Ayala, who introduced her to the world of indie writing, Lyssa decided to try her hand at writing a romance story. Her attempt turned into the Burning Lovesick series. You can find Lyssa’s own interests throughout her stories although all stories are fictional.

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Rafflecopter code for the giveaway. I will announce winners once the blog tour is complete.

Prizes include:

1 e-book of Love is a Fireby Lyssa Layne
1 e-book of Burst Into Flame by Lyssa Layne
1 e-book of Unhurt by K.S. Thomas
1 e-book of Love & Deception by Chantel Rhondeau
1 e-book of Art of Love by Michele Shriver
1 e-book of A Masterpiece of Our Love by Nikki Barrett
2 pieces of jewelry from Rosey Johnny

AND the coolest prize of all, naming rights of one of the characters in the third book of the Burning Lovesick series

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Burst Into Flame is book #2 in the Burning Lovesick series. The first book is Love is a Fire. This is the info on that book if you want to include it as well.

Book Description

“Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your heart or burn your house down, you can never tell.” -Joan Crawford 

Dr. Katy Malone has sworn off love after losing those she loves most in her life including her father, a member of the FDNY. She has decided to spend her time focusing on her medical research. Her ex-fiancĂ©e, and fellow doctor, isn't ready to give up on loving her though. 

Firefighter Nick Garrity is on a search for the future Mrs. Garrity. As he pushes thirty, with no prospects in sight, he's afraid he'll never find her. A devoted member of FDNY, he loves the thrill of his job and the satisfaction it brings him. He strives to teach the proby firefighter, Patrick Doyle, the ropes and pass on his passion to him. 

When Doyle tries to impress the guys on the crew, he ends up in the care of Dr. Katy Malone. One look at Dr. Malone and Nick knows he's found his future wife but can he convince her to love again?

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Cover reveal!

I'm helping out my friend, Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku today. She has a brand new release, and if the cover is any indication, it's HOT!


Title: Kiss My Lips
(Holiday Series #2) Will one kiss seal their love?
Author: Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku
Series: Holiday Series
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Multicultural/Interracial
ISBN: 978-1502776549
Release Date: Wednesday 29th October 2014
No of Pages: 245
Cover Artist: Love Bites And Silk
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Blurb

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?

Teaser

Logan half-glared and half-grinned at Lorna. "Do you want to get us knocked out?" He railed, suppressing a smile as he returned his face to the road ahead. "Don't turn me on while I’m driving, Lorna. Else, I might find a cozy place to take you up on your offer."
Grinning from ear-to-ear, she ran her fingers up and down her thighs. Threading them through her ribbed jeans, she threw him a subtle stare and formed her round lips into a kiss.
Logan did a double take. "Have you been taking classes on how to ensnare me with your feminine wiles, Lorna? Are you promising me a randy sex session?"
Instead of answering, Lorna ran her forefinger across her lips and slid it down her narrow chin and long neck. She blew him a kiss and dipped the same finger into her cleavage. Her gaze remained on the street ahead.
"Lorna, you're heating me up," Logan groaned, his large hands gripping the wheel as he exhaled sharply.
When she didn't stop, Logan swung the wheel, turned right and drove into a quiet neighbourhood. In a flash, he reached for her seat, reclined it to sleeping position and leaned across her body.
Blood coursed through her veins and pounded in her ears and her breath came out in short spurts. Every pore in her body lit up as his chest pushed against her breasts. Logan's fingers held her neck as he ground his lips over hers, possessing every inch of her mouth with hot kisses. Her nipples budded and strained against his muscled chest, sending scorching fire ripping through the spot between her thighs.

Here are the Pre-order links:

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Website

http://www.flirtyandfeistyromancenovel.co.uk/
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Giveaway – How to enter

Leave a comment.Every reader who leaves a comment on the blog gets one free eBook of Stolen Valentine Kiss (Holiday Series # 1).

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You get any other eBook from Flirty & FeistyRomance Novels.

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

About the Author

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


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Great news!

I am so honored to have been nominated for Best Women's Literature of the Year and also best Christian fiction by B.R.A.B. (Building Relationships Around Books) during their annual conference! I am in some great company. Thank you, ladies!




Rochelle Alers
Chicki Brown
Bettye Griffin...
Adrienne Thompson
Altonya Washington
Deatri Bey King



Chicki Brown
Rhonda Mcknight
Michelle Lindo Rice...
Adrienne Thompson
Barbara Joe
Michelle Stimpson

For those who don't know, BRAB is a group of online book clubs that have come together for the love of reading romance and sharing books. With the evolution from hard covers to paper backs and now E-books:

BRAB's mission is to connect with both long time and newly devoted fans of the genre of romance written mostly by African American authors, but not limited to this category of authors. 
(taken from https://www.facebook.com/groups/116450438392988/

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Celebration!

I want to thank everyone who heeded my last entry and retweeted for me while I was doing the wedding thing.

We had the most fabulous time, and as a romance author, I get a special excitement over weddings. Just wanted to share some of the pictures from my only niece's wedding weekend...
Rehearsal Dinner at Two Urban Licks restaurant, Atlanta

Wedding rehearsal at The Peachtree Club

View from the wedding venue's 28th floor Skyline Terrace

Another view from the terrace

The beautiful bridal party

My sister and I were honored to walk in the ceremony in the stead of the bride's late mother


The gorgeous bride

The ceremony

The new couple!

Dinner was held inside the club then the terrace was taken over by the DJ and the dancers! Most of my pictures from the reception didn't come out, because by then it was dark, and my flash wasn't enough. I'll just say that I danced until my feet hurt!

It was the best wedding in history...