Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New video trailer



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC6fxUuW6Y4

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

New Interview!




Today Indie Authorland is interviewing me! David Njoku asked me some great questions. Check it out here: http://www.indieauthorland.com/archives/6019

Friday, October 25, 2013

Fun Friday!


 
EIGHT THOUGHTS TO PONDER:

Number 8
Life is sexually transmitted.

Number 7

Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.


Number 6
Men have two emotions :
 Hungry and Horny. They can't tell them apart. If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich.

Number 5
Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks, months, maybe years.


Number 4
Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in
the hospitals, dying of nothing.


Number 3
All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

Number 2
In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.

And The Number 1 Thought
 
Life is like a jar of  peppers--what you do today, might burn your ass tomorrow.


- - - and as someone recently said to me:
"Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."

*****

ARAPROSDOKIANS are figures of speech in which the latter part of a
sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous.

1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it.

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it's still on my list.

3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

6. War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

8. They begin the evening news with 'Good Evening,' then proceed to tell you why it isn't.

9. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

10. Buses stop in bus stations. Trains stop in train stations. On my desk is a work station .

11. I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted paychecks.

12. In filling out an application, where it says, 'In case of emergency, notify:' I put 'DOCTOR."

13. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

14. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

15. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

16. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.

17. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

18. Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

19. There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away.

20. I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure.

21. You're never too old to learn something stupid.

22. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

23. Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

24. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

25. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

26. Where there's a will, there are relatives.

27. I'm supposed to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and
harder for me to find one now



Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Writer Wednesday - #amwriting

I wanted to post something about writing today, so I decided to share with you where I am on Till You Come Back to Me, the sequel to A Woman's Worth.

Getting this story off the ground is taking a little more research than I expected. This is Charles Stafford's book. He is a plastic surgeon who, in the opening chapter, announces to his family that he is selling is medical practice and going to Nigeria for part of the year to work with Doctors Without Borders.

Since I needed to introduce the heroine early on, I had to start researching Nigeria. I was all set to begin the storyline I had set in my mind for her when I received a tweet from a reader who said, "I just finished reading A Woman's Worth, and I was so pleased to see that your next book will be set in Nigeria, my homeland."  I responded to her and after a few messages back and forth, I asked if she would give me her opinion on my idea of Adanna's story. What I've learned has been eye-opening.

First of all, I learned that relying on Internet articles, even those written on sites originating in a particular country, is risky. As Americans, we tend to lump people together merely because they come from the same land. Growing up in the northeast, I always heard people of Latino heritage referred to as Puerto Ricans when in reality they might have been from the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico or any of the numerous Spanish-speaking nations. I found out that in Africa tribal roots are very important, especially when it comes to marriage.

She also explained to me that skin color doesn't really have a major influence in dating and relationships as it often does here in the US.



Naturally, I had to learn something about Nigerian food, television, music, and daily life in general. 

This is the part of writing I absolutely love. Learning about places, people and things always gets my motor running. I also spent a while on the Doctors Without Borders web site.



This fabulous organization mobilizes volunteer doctors, nurses and other support personnel to give of their time in foreign countries where their services are desperately needed. Since Charles specializes in maxillofacial surgery, he'll be concentrating on surgeries on patients with facial deformities, particularly children. That requires me to read up on the correction of cleft palates and other deformities that are common in Nigeria. I learned that these abnormalities are often the result of malnourished mothers during pregnancy  - a major problem in most African countries.



Charles will only be working overseas for half of the year. The other half he'll be living and working in Las Vegas with his twin, Marc, to get more clients for his personal training business. This required some investigation into how top personal trainers go about getting business. 

Today I'm starting Chapter Four in which Charles goes to New York to do his DWB orientation. He stays with his brother, Greg, a television personalty, and while he's there he notices some unsettling things. Can anybody say Book Three? LOL!

OMG! I love what I do...



Monday, October 14, 2013

Author Tia Kelly interviews Marc Stafford!



Author Tia Kelly talked to Marc Stafford today on her blog. She said,

"Why didn’t y’all warn me about Marc Stafford? Woowee! I’m going to let him tell you who he is while I sit here and fan myself… (I’m starting to like having all these sexy men sitting at my desk, staring at me while I finish this manuscript… the distractions are delicious!)"

Check out the interview here: http://tiawithapen.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/marcs-takeover/

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fun Friday!

Today I'll be sharing with the Go Indie family at their Author of the Month event! Please stop by and join us here: https://www.facebook.com/events/734389886587975/


I'll be sharing some facts about myself and giving away a few copies of A WOMAN'S WORTH!
 
 
It's almost the weekend! Have a great one!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Reviews please!

I need more reviews for A WOMAN'S WORTH in order to buy an ad on eReader News Today. 



If you've read the book, please leave a short review here:
http://www.amazon.com/Womans-Worth-Stafford-Brothers-Series-ebook/product-reviews/B00EUH6M3S/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Thank you so much! 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Special Friday Feature! Contest & Giveaway!

Today Best Selling Author, Delaney Diamond is visiting to tell us about her virtual book tour and to introduce her latest release, The Blind Date.
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Blurb for: The Blind Date
One night changes everything . . . again.
Years ago, when Ryan Stewart saw Shawna Ferguson, it was love at first sight. Unfortunately, he wasn’t a free man, and his deception caused him to lose her after a weekend that changed his life.
When Shawna’s sister and brother-in-law set her up on a blind date, she has no idea it’s with Ryan, with whom she’d spent a weekend she wishes she could forget. She reluctantly agrees to finish the date with him, but doing so leaves her vulnerable to his charms and the heat he ignited in her that very first night.
Excerpt for: The Blind Date 
Her brow furrowed. “Why me?” she asked. “Out of all these women walking around out here.”
“There are other women out here?” Ryan looked around at the pedestrians as if seeing them for the first time. “I didn’t even notice. I only have eyes for you.”
A beat later, they both burst out laughing.
“Good one,” Shawna said. “Have you used it before?”
“First time. I thought of it on the fly. Good though, right?” He stopped grinning and looked her in the eyes to make sure she knew how serious he was. “But I meant it. Let me buy you dinner.”
“Ryan, I’m not interested in seeing anyone right now. You seem very sweet, but I’ll be leaving in a couple of days, so I don’t think this is a good idea.”
He couldn’t let her get away. She had to say yes. He’d come to Chicago to clear his head, and somehow he knew she’d play an important role in helping him finalize the decision he’d been struggling to make.
“It’s only dinner.” He could see her waver as she shifted from one foot to the other and tucked her purse closer to her body. “When do you get off?”
She laughed nervously. “This is ridiculous.”
“No, it’s not. You have to eat and I want to feed you. Makes sense to me.” He hoped that by keeping the conversation light, she wouldn’t overthink it and slip from his grasp, leaving him standing there with no way to see her again. “What kind of food do you like?”
Shawna shook her head in defeat. “French cuisine is my favorite.”
“And when do you get off?”
“At six.”
“I’ll be here at five-fifty, waiting.”
“If you’re not, it’s no big deal.” She shrugged.
He fixed his gaze on her face. “I hope that’s not true.”
She hesitated, tilting her head slightly, brown eyes observing him as if trying to figure him out. She obviously still doubted his sincerity.
“I’ll see you at six, Ryan Stewart.”
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Buy Links
Get it now for FREE until October 7, 2013: Amazon
Contest information:
Not only is Delaney Diamond giving away a free copy of her book, she’s having a contest!
Prize: Winners choice of four (4) of the following items: (1) Delaney Diamond T-shirt in large or extra large (2) Delaney Diamond two-tone tote bag (3) $20 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble (4) Delaney Diamond keychain (5) an autographed copy of Hot Latin Men Vol. I (6) an autographed copy of Hot Latin Men Vol. II (7) four bookmarks with Delaney Diamond book covers.
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to Delaney’s blog -http://delaneydiamond.com/blog/. Prizes open to U.S. and international entrants.
How to enter: Correctly match each blog on her tour with its description. Visit the contest post on her website for the details.
Deadline to enter: October 13, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST
Winners will be notified by email and announced on the contest post on her website.
Delaney’s Contact info.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Twitter Made Easy

Authors, are you still confused about how to use Twitter to promote your books? Check out my article on the Become A Successful Author site:

http://www.becomeasuccessfulauthor.com/2013/10/the-twitterverse-made-easy-by-chicki-brown/

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Till You Come Back to Me Tuesday

It's been quite a while since I posted anything about writing, so today I want to share the process I've begun for Till You Come Back to Me, the second book in my Stafford brothers series.




If you've read A Woman's Worth, you read the opening chapter to this, Charles' story, at the end. That first chapter has already changed. I needed to come up with a source of external conflict. What I've decided to do is make Adanna's brother that source.

This book takes place in Las Vegas, Atlanta and Nigeria, so I have been spending a lot of time researching general, cultural and medical information about Nigeria. Recently, I was blessed to receive a Twitter message from an author of Nigerian heritage living in Great Britain. She has been an incredible help by telling me about tribal differences in that country. The last thing I want to do is write something crazy that people who know about Nigeria would read and say, "Oh, that's wrong!"


The other areas I've had to research are the work Charles will be doing, specifically helping Marc bring in business for his personal training business and also the work he'll be doing with Doctors Without Borders. DWB is an incredible organization that provides medical services to people all over the world.



So, basically I've been making notes, watching videos and working on the timeline for the story. Right now I'm almost finished with Chapter Two and have Chapter Three outlined. Charles and Adanna won't actually meet until Chapter Four, but she does get a "glimpse" of him in Chapter One. I think it will work. 

As usual, my title came from an old school R&B song by the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

                                       

On my way to the coffeehouse to get my write on...