Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

I want to wish all of friends, family, author buddies and, of course, my wonderful readers a very Happy New Year! I believe God has wonderful things in store store for those who are willing to believe, ask and receive!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Shameless backlist plug...




For all those with new e-readers/tablets, check out this video of my digital backlist!
 
 
 
 
For Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, iBooks

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Author Spotlight - Tumika Cain

Today I'm pleased to feature a new author friend, Tumika Cain.


Tumika is a poet and writer whose works paint delicious word pictures that draw the reader right into the heart of the story.  Through her characters, she tells the sometimes complex layers of the human experience and uplifting the spirit.  Her characters will hold you close like a dear friend while commanding a place in the reader's mind long after the story ended.
As an educator, she wholeheartedly believes that each one should reach one; each one should teach one. When she is not writing, she may be found teaching writer’s workshops, blogging, volunteering, otherwise beautifying the world around her and being the parent of a very active preschooler.
She has been published in the following anthologies: Voices of 76 Women, Brothers and Others, ShadeTree, and Mirrors; as well as in a number of periodicals, newsletters and magazines. Season of Change is her first novel.
 
 
Here's a little bit about the book:

Avery and Alicia had it all: money, career, a whirlwind romance and a family.  Over time, their paradise began to fall.  Avery struggles to let go of the skeletons in his closet as he tries to cling to the delicate relationship he so desperately needs.  Alicia, wise in spirit, recognizes the cracks in her ivory tower for what they are.  A novel about strength, empowerment and overcoming the odds, Tumika Patrice Cain’s debut novel,  SEASON OF CHANGE is a powerhouse!

Excerpt:
One: Alicia

I must admit, according to today’s standards we did have it going on. There was not one of those sought after trappings of success we did not possess. To the eyes of the world, we had it all - the mansion in one of the most exclusive areas of Bloomfield Hills, flashy cars and all the toys anyone could ask for. If I lived in the world that would have been wonderful, but I didn’t. I suppose if having things were enough to satisfy me, then I should have been happy and never desired anything outside of what we already possessed.

Sometimes money is just not enough. Take it from someone who knows firsthand, having money is not the ultimate be all, end all final destination leading to tranquility. What has far more lasting weight are those things that are not tangible and cannot be bought. Peace would be among those priceless treasures not pursued with the intensity it deserves. It is only when something is missing that its true value becomes apparent. I had finally reached a place where I wanted more, I just could not play the games any more. There was nothing to hide, no pride that I was willing to save face for. I was willing to do whatever it took to be free. You see, despite all that we had, none of those things were enough to protect me from what was going on in my world. I had become a prisoner behind the walls of this perfectly manicured estate. For the sake of my health, my sanity - my life - I had to break free no matter what price I had to pay for that freedom.

Looks can be so deceiving. People in general are masters of manipulation, showing others only what they want them to see. They hide all the real and meaningful parts of their lives that are truly able to liberate others and make a difference. I am no better than the vast majority. Probably worse than most, if I think about it.

There was no way to see the hairline fractures of our fragile existence looking only through the naked eye. We worked very hard to keep it that way. It is only through the high powered magnifying glass of life that the rips and tears and chips could be seen. It is only through that same lens that what could be seen was a foundation too shaky to build on. Too shaky to hold the high rise of our lives we had built on top of it. Is there anything worse than a beautiful edifice appearing oh so fine, yet its very foundation could make the entire structure come tumbling down, falling upon the heads of all those in its wake? Well that is us and this is our life.

Purchasing information:
www. TumikaPatrice.Cain

Nook: http://bit.ly/JeKqMU

Sony Reader:  http://bit.ly/1gYTq7n

Apple iBookstore:  http://bit.ly/19iFHAi

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

My wish for you...

All the gifts are wrapped and cooking is done, and now I'm getting ready to chill for the rest of the night.

I want to wish everyone a blessed, peaceful, joyful Christmas. And please remember, there would be no Christmas without Christ. Happy Birthday, Jesus!




Friday, December 20, 2013

Fun Friday!

How is everyone doing? We're on the final countdown to Christmas Day, and I'm still not done shopping. I still have four more gifts to get, so you know who'll be out there in the madness this weekend.



I thought I'd share some of the crazy stuff I've seen online the past few days to give you a smile...

Everyone needs a proofreader...





                                               


A ng?" asks the wife. "They're on sale, only $10 for 24 cans" he replies. "Put them back, we can't afford them" demands the wife, they carry on shopping. A few aisles farther on, the woman picks up a $20 jar of face cream and puts it in the basket. "What do you think you're doing?" asks the husband. "It's my face cream. It makes me look beautiful," replies the wife. Her husband retorts: "So does 24 cans of Budweiser and it's half the price." That's him on Aisle 5.husband and wife were doing their Christmas shopping at the local megastore. The husband picks up a case of Budweiser and puts it in their cart.
"What do you think you're doing?" asks the wife.
"They're on sale, only $10 for 24 cans" he replies.
"Put them back, we can't afford them" demands the wife.
They carry on shopping. A few aisles farther on, the woman picks up a $20 jar of face cream and puts it in the basket.
"What do you think you're doing?" asks the husband.
"It's my face cream. It makes me look beautiful," replies the wife.
Her husband retorts: "So does 24 cans of Budweiser and it's half the price."

That's him on Aisle 5...



And finally...







Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Reader love...



I love when I get e-mails like this from readers! 

"I have a bone to pick with you! I wanted to fall asleep early last night since I have to wake up at 5:20 am all week long. However, I couldn't because I kept turning the pages to A Woman's Worth and lying to myself as I pretended each chapter was the last. It wasn't until my iPad almost fell off the bed at 1:20 am that I finally gave it a rest. Now, while I'm supposed to be working, I have my iPad up and I'm glancing over every few minutes to sneak in another page. 

Please get Marc and Gianne out of my head, so that I can go about my daily business!!!" - reader K.R. talking about A WOMAN'S WORTH


 Kindle-http://amzn.to/12PktK4 Nook- http://bit.ly/1dTlshd Smashwords -http://bit.ly/17nVKOH Kobo - http://bit.ly/1dJiAVr

Sunday, December 15, 2013

#SampleSunday Excerpt




“Welcome to the Stella Obasanjo Hospital,” the shorter man said. “We are so pleased you’ve come to work with us. I am Dr. Olushula Ijalana. You can call me Lou. This is Dr. Joseph Pategi, and this is our staff. He introduced the two nurses and their assistants. 

The beautiful dark-skinned nurse was named Adanna. When their eyes met, a distinct look of recognition momentarily swept across her face. When the introductions were done, the visiting team shook hands with the host staff. Charles took Adanna’s slender hand, and she stared up at him with such intensity in her onyx eyes, he couldn’t look away. “Charles Stafford. It’s a pleasure to meet you.”

“You also, Doctor. We are honored that you decided to join us.”

He had to mentally slap himself in order to concentrate on what his colleague was saying. And he was good until Nurse Okoro turned around and preceded them around the outside of the building. The easy sway of her generous hips grabbed his attention like a mugger with an old lady’s purse. Black American women had inherited their voluptuous rear ends from their sisters in the Motherland, but this was the real deal. Charles smiled to himself. It didn’t matter how far removed people were from their native land, some things were ingrained. And any man of African heritage would always admire a spectacular ass.

- from TILL YOU COME BACK TO ME by Chicki Brown - coming 2014

Friday, December 13, 2013

Fun Friday!

This weekend is going to be a busy one for me. Planet Fitness is opening tomorrow in my neighborhood, and I'm going to be there when they unlock the doors. Since I haven't belonged to a gym in almost 30 years, I need your prayers. LOL!

If you've never seen their commercials, they are hilarious. This is one of my favorites...





Tomorrow afternoon I'm hosting a holiday fellowship for the writing group to which I belong, T
he Wordsmith Writers of Clayton County. This is the first time we're getting together socially, and I'm really looking forward to it!





By the time I get out of church on Sunday, I'll probably be wiped out, so I don't plan to do anything other than come home and crash. Don't know if I'll get any words on the page...

                                                    

This is the season of busyness. Got any plans? Tell me about them.




Thursday, December 12, 2013

Indie Book Reviewers

I came across this list online and just thought I'd share. I can't vouch for any of these links, since I didn't compile it myself. Just passing it on...




Indie Book Reviewers
5.       http://foozago.com/blog/
65.   http://tjbook-list.blogspot.com/ (Alternative-Reads.com)

Friday, December 6, 2013

Fun Friday!

I understand that there's crazy weather all over the country - snow, ice, heavy rain and unusually warm temperatures. We're blessed to have the 70 degree temps here in Atlanta, so I plan to get some Christmas shopping done this weekend.


Hopefully, I'll also get some reading and writing done. Yesterday I started Chapter Seven on Till You Come Back to Me. Right now the meter looks like this:



To help you start your weekend with a smile...









Tuesday, December 3, 2013

All I want for Christmas...

If you’ve followed this blog for any amount of time, you know that I have a problem with time management. When I’m working on a book, I find it nearly impossible to come up with blog topics.

Last night hubby asked what I want for Christmas, and I didn’t have a ready answer for him, so I decided to think about it and post my thoughts here. This is what came to mind and why I’d like that particular gift. I’ll start with the most ridiculous first...



Cadillac CTS - just because...


A week in the Bahamas or Virgin Islands 
or anywhere that’s hot, sunny and on the ocean - because I didn't get any vacation in 2013. Didn't even get to see any ocean waves...


An entire new wardrobe (with the closet) - because I have NO clothes. Working at home is a two-edged sword. It's wonderful not to have to dress for work, but then after years of not going into the office, you realize you have nothing to wear but t-shirts, stretch pants and bedroom slippers...


Ninja Ultima blender - since I’m starting out another year trying to get some weight off of my body. I absolutely hate thinking up and preparing meals (whether I’m dieting or not), and the idea of doing liquids appeals to me. I've watched this amazing video several times, and I'm almost convinced...

 

Guess which one it's going to be...

Friday, November 29, 2013

New Release Spotlight - Tia Kelly's New Release and Giveaway!

Today is Black Friday and the day for discovering great deals, and I definitely have one for you! Tia Kelly is sharing her new release and giving away an electronic copy to one lucky commenter!


Description:
Kenneth Wilkerson, baseball's MVP of breaking hearts isn't in Craymont looking for complications. With an injury that has him sidelined from the game he loves, and the latest scandal in his wake involving a woman who is very much engaged to someone else, the last thing he needs is to get mixed up with Paige Scott.

Paige Scott, a former party-girl, has a very murky past and even murkier relationship with Kenneth's best friend Carlos Ortiz. Paige knows Carlos watched her go from it girl to broken and when she finally healed, he made it clear to her that he would not step aside to let another man in just to do it again.

But Kenneth lets nothing stand between him and what he loves.
Love for the game… his family… and her.

PLAYING FOR LOVE is the first novel from the Wilkersons in Love series. Tia Kelly invites you to come meet the Wilkersons and get ready to fall in love.


Excerpt

“Open the door, Paige,” Kenneth demanded in between knocks.
He pulled up just in time to see her walk into her front door. His athlete’s reflexes were not enough to make it before she slammed it in his face.
Finally the door swung open. “I need you to leave.”
Kenneth pushed himself inside and reached out to tilt her face upward. He felt the dampness on her skin and felt worse.
“I probably shouldn’t have left, but I didn’t know what to expect after last night.”
Paige pulled back, wrapping her arms around herself. “You didn’t know? Or didn’t care.”
Kenneth leaned against the wall and let his head fall back. “Paige, you were drunk.”
“And that makes this better?”
“No, it doesn’t.”
He looked at her while she took a seat at the bottom of her steps.
“Why did you do that?”
Paige looked away, chewing nervously on her lip while tugging at her shirtsleeve. “I don’t know.”
“I think you do.”
“Is that what you do? Psychoanalyze the women you sleep with the morning after?”
“Paige, I don’t have any regrets about last night except for one.”
She looked up and searched his face to prepare her for what he was about to say. “And that is?”
“That I was the only one that actually wanted to be there.”
Paige pulled back and stared at him. “You make it sound like I used you.”
“Didn’t you?”
Paige huffed. “We have to work together until you’re released back to your team. I can’t have this conversation with you every time we cross paths.”
“And you won’t.” He stared back to her and sat on the staircase next to her. “Look at me, Paige.”
She glanced up, releasing the edge of her sleeve. Her expectancy and uncertainty warned him that whatever he had to say, he needed to be careful in how he delivered it.
“Typically, I don’t care about what happens the morning after, but there’s something in your eyes that tells me last night was more than just a one nighter for you.”
“What makes you think that?”

“Because last night scared me, too.”

Buy links:

You can find Tia here:

Website: tiawithapen.com
Facebook: facebook.com/AuthorTiaKelly
Twitter: twitter.com/TiaWithAPen

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thankful

Giving thanks to God for the wonderful things in my life, big and small…



Having a family and loved ones to invite to dinner



Being physically able to cook and clean and do all of the things necessary to prepare for this day


His angels that protect our guests as they travel


A house where I can welcome people that’s big enough to hold them all J


Being able to buy whatever is necessary to make this day a blessing to everyone


Our combined family gift to Hosea Feed the Hungry for Christmas  



That my entire immediate family is here in Atlanta


My grandchildren, who fill the day with laughter and nonsense

(This was taken last Thanksgiving.)


A day filled with the spirit of peace free from any conflict or strife


Pistachio cake, cornbread dressing, sweet potato pie, sour cream pound cake and anything chocolate that I’ll be working off at the gym starting December 11th



    The presence of mind to know Whom to thank...