Author La Connie Taylor-Jones

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“LaConnie Taylor-Jones shows us what true love is when it is in its purest form. She is definitely an author everyone should be on the look-out for.”
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Award-winning author, LaConnie Taylor-Jones, a native Memphian, is a health educator consultant and holds advanced degrees in community public health and business administration. Married, she is the mother of four and resides with her family in Northern California.

For over twenty-five years, Ms. Taylor-Jones has been an avid romance reader. In the summer of 2003 a challenge from her husband made her seize the opportunity to blend her enthusiasm for teaching health, social responsibility and social justice with her love for reading the genre. Her experience as a health educator sparked a multitude of storylines and her romance, which she defines as the spirit of adventure, played a pivotal part in her road to publication. In a little over four years, she’s authored three full-length novels. In 2008, Ms. Taylor-Jones was the recipient of the 2008 Romance Slam Jam Emma Award for Debut Author of the Year for When I’m With You.

Ms. Taylor-Jones is an active member of the Contra Costa Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the African American Community Health Advisory Committee, Black Women Organized for Political Action, and the San Francisco Area and Black Diamond chapters of Romance Writers of America.

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Q.: What inspired you to write romance?

A.: Becoming a writer was never something I was particularly interested in or even considered doing. Honestly, I was content being an avid romance reader. It was the challenge from my husband in the spring of 2003 that made me seriously consider penning my first romance novel and it was quite funny how it happened…

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Hot Boyz by Marissa Monteilh

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Hot Boyz
by Marissa Monteilh
4.12  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  1 review
Wealthy, Famous, Sexy, Successful, The “Boyz” Got It Going On … Or So It Would Seem.
There are no siblings more charmed than the Wilson brothers of Ladera Heights, California. Fine and famous pro golfer Mason has money, respect, a beautiful, loving wife and two wonderful teenage children. Claude’s the most successful realtor in the “Black Beverly Hills.” And handsome, carefree “baby boy” Torino, who runs big brother Mason’s club, Foreplay, can pick and choose the honeys he wants to share his time and his bed with. But beneath the surface of ideal lives are secrets that could shatter three perfect dreams and shake a family to its core. Legacies of loss and obligation, of tragedy and madness, threaten everything the Wilsons have worked so hard to achieve, exposing deep, raw, and devastating wounds that an outside world cannot see — wounds that can be healed only through honesty and love. From the phenomenal author of “The Chocolate Ship” comes a gripping and powerful novel of passion, commitment, intrigue, and family that will not be easily forgotten by anyone who gets lost in its pages.

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Archleta the writier Chisolm

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Archuleta Chisolm
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
THE OFFICIAL Poetry Diva, Spoken Word Artist, Author, Inspirational Speaker, Creative Force, Truth Teller, Listener, and Butterfly. Archuleta is a sought-after artist, and author of Heaven Knows Your Existence. She inspires readers and audiences with her down-to-earth style to become more of themselves and live with purpose. Her on-line newsletter is read by thousands each month, and she is currently working on her first spoken word cd project, and two poetry books. Archuleta has spoken at various church events, community health fairs, women’s groups, book clubs, facilitated career and scholarship workshops for students, and presented spoken word for local events. She has been featured in The Sun Times, The National Library of Poetry, and the on-line magazine, The Nubian Chronicles. Archuleta formed Artfully Speaking in 2006, which provides various programs and self-improvement opportunities, as well as coaching for aspiring authors. A native of Kansas City, the former radio show host served eight years in the United States Army Reserve. Archuleta holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from DeVry University, and an MBA degree from Baker University.

Shots Fired by Gary Jones with reviews.

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Gary P. Jones (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-3244-7 ©2006
Price: $18.95
Book Size: 5.5” x 8.5” , 371 pages
Category/Subject: TRUE CRIME / Murder / General

“Shots Fired!” When these two simple, yet terrible, words are heard over the police radio everything else immediately stops! A police officer somewhere is in trouble, and needs help!
Abstract:
The 1970’s was the deadliest decade in modern law enforcement history and more police officers died than during any other decade of the 20th Century. In Fort Lauderdale, the “Venice of America,” violent crime was almost out of control and to stem this vicious tide the Fort Lauderdale Police Department created the Tactical Impact Unit. Written with all the drama and excitement of a novel, Badge 149 – ‘Shots Fired!’ tells the true story of this small group of men and of the daring exploits that made them so well-known and respected.

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  WOW , 11/20/2006
Reviewer: Brian Dodge
This book is a must read! Not just for those in law enforcement but those who want to get a “glimpse” at just how difficult the “JOB” can be. Jones depicts the right feelings and thoughts that happen when an officer is in a stressful situation and just serves as a reminder how much law enforcement does for our community. GREAT READING!!!!
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  A Must-Read Book , 09/25/2006
Reviewer: Barry Margolis
Simply stated, this is not only required reading for past and present law enforcement, but for ANYONE who ever wondered just what lengths police officers had to go to in order to Protect and Serve. Thank you, Gary, for telling it just the way it was!
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  True Depiction , 10/16/2006
Reviewer: vicki benoit
Gary Jones wrote this book from a perspective few sew of police officers…we are human. Many books depict us as hardcore and uncaring. This books reveals the hard work, dedication, the emotions up and down, and the frustration and fears we all experience.
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  As Real As It Gets , 10/17/2006
Reviewer: Tom Woolsey
As a former member of the Tactical Impact Unit I have to say that this book put me right back into the incidents that Gary depicted in the chapters. The greatest and most dedicated group of people I have had the privilege of knowing. T.I.U. established guidelines for future special units in law enforcement.
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  Badge 149 ‘Shots Fired’ , 12/11/2006
Reviewer: Major Jim Eskew
An outstanding portrayal of the fight against criminal events unfolding in real life drama. This comes from a very dedicated officer alone with his thoughts as he trys to right wrongs and protect the community within which we live. His courage, honesty and desire to defeat the bad guys and protect the victims, is an inspiration to us all. ‘Shots fired’ is a MUST read!

Miranda Parker author of A Good Excuse To Be Bad – book 1

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Miranda Parker is the author of A Good Excuse to Be Bad, book 1  and Someone Bad and Something Blue, book 2 in the Angel Crawford Series. She has been featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, RT Book Reviews Magazine and Publishers Weekly. She has also made featured author appearances at the 2012 SC Book Festival,  the 2011 (NBCC) National Book Club Convention, Black Pearl Magazine’s Chocolate Social, 2011 The Decatur Book Festival, and the 2011 Atlanta Press Club Holiday Author Party. She is also the Social Media/Marketing Head for the ITW Debut Authors Program and a contributing editor to The Big Thrill.  Bestselling Author Reshonda Tate Billingsley states that “Angel is a good girl in a fast paced, kick butt, bad boy chase, sexy thrill-ride. Can’t wait for the next man hunt.” She resides with her family in Georgia near a horse ranch and her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop. On a perfect day she can be found curled up with a good book or in a movie theater with a bucket of popcorn. Visit her blog at http://www.mirandaparker.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mirandaparkerbooks

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Miranda Parker is the author of the Angel Crawford Bounty Hunter Series. After graduating from college, she began working as a features editor for various magazines and spent many years as a publicist for national recording artists, actors, ministers, and authors. However, writing fun, fiesty, redemptive bad girl gone good stories is her passion. She resides with her family in Georgia near a horse ranch and her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop. On a perfect day she can be found curled up with a good book or in a movie theater with a bucket of popcorn. Visit her blog here

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Author Gail McFarland interviewed by LaShaunda Hoffman

~ Author of the Month – Gail McFarland ~
 

 

The 20 Questions Interview By LaShaunda C. Hoffman)

I had the pleasure of interviewing via e-mail, Ms. Gail McFarland. She the
author of SUMMER WIND, THE BEST FOR LAST and this month release, WHEN LOVE CALLS. I told Gail after reading her interview it was as if I were sitting
right across from her, sharing a cup a coffee.  I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did, and if you haven’t read WHEN LOVE CALLS, what are you waiting for?  A special thank you to Ms. McFarland to taking time out of her schedule to do this interview.

1. What inspired you to write WHEN LOVE CALLS?

I live in an older part of the city (Atlanta) and when I first moved here every time it rained for almost a year, my telephone lines got crossed with someone else’s.  It made me think, “what if.” and one thing sort of led to another.

As for Destiny and her Sickle Cell Anemia, I am a fitness trainer and an almost obscenely healthy person.  In my line of work, I’ve had occasion to become very friendly with several “obviously” healthy people who have the disease – both the trait and several different forms of the disease.  Initially, the affects of the disease (especially when you never saw it coming) are stunning:  a perfectly healthy person can dissolve in paroxysms of pain right before your eyes.  I began to wonder what it would take emotionally and physically to raise a child with the disease, or to grow to adulthood facing the challenges of SCD and more.  I also wondered what it would be like to
have a “normal” life as a single parent while raising a child with this disease.  And, the more I wondered, the more I wrote.

2. Why did you choose the city it’s set in?

I spent several years in St. Louis, affectionately known as, “the city of homes”, and have a very deep affection for it.  And lovely Atlanta, GA is my current home.  What better places could there be to set a family oriented romance than these two cities where I’ve learned to be an adult, and where I’ve also learned the differences between like, love, and lust.

3. What message would you like to send to your readers?

That first last and always we are human, and as humans, we don’t always get it right – the fun and interest are in the trying.

4. What should a reader expect from a GM romance?

I like to think you’ll always expect to get a good story with a well thought out plot.  I also want to believe that your mind as well as your heart will be challenged by the characters and situations presented. Research and words have always pleased me – I’m a reader at heart.  I try to be thorough so that I give my readers the kind of story I would also enjoy.  Additionally, I tend toward character and dialog driven stories, so maybe you’ll get more than a touch of humor and a few memorable lines as well.

5. How would you encourage readers who have never read a GM book to try
one?

Usually, I beg a lot.  Actually, I would give them a brief synopsis of the story, in the belief that the premise of the story is strong enough to convince the reader to give it a try.  Ideally, I have written a story that will stand on its own merits.

6. Do you have a full-time career outside your writing?

Yes, I do.  Though my degree is in psychology with a minor in Special Education, I’ve opted to change fields.  I am a nationally certified fitness trainer and aerobics instructor (and living proof that they’re NOT all skinny).  My areas of specialization include strength training and special populations.  I currently teach aerobics, personal train, and manage a federal fitness facility in Atlanta, where I work with some of the nicest folks around.

7. How do you feel about those who don’t take romance writing serious?

First, I smile.  Then, I have to ask if they’ve ever REALLY read a romance.  My personal experience is that those who cut romance short shrift have never bothered to read it.  I guess this is where I have to ‘fess up.  Back in my younger, less informed years, I assumed romance was a frivolous past time for bon bon eating dilettantes.  I had given my heart to techno-thrillers,
suspense, and contemporary horror. But, this is where my public school education came into play.  I had a much adored Civics teacher who once said that, “if you ignore a segment of the population, you can never be a full participant in your civilization”.  The older I got, the wiser he got, and now that I have a few hundred romances under my belt, I have to admit he was right.  My opinion now is that readers who ignore genre fiction are cheating
themselves.  You may have to find a writer whose style appeals to you, but the skill of crafting the story is no less diminished by genre.

8. Did you read romance before you began writing it?

Yes.  I had a cousin who would read only if threatened with death, when she discovered Romance, she was suddenly a voracious reader.  You know I had to find out why!  The first one I read was WICKED LOVING LIES, and I hated it.  It was too frilly and full of frou-frou for me.  There were also a couple of near rape scenes that ticked me off big time. But, my nutty cousin was still reading romance, so I tried another.  I don’t recall the title, but it was by Danielle Steele.  A little better, then I discovered Krantz, “and it was off to the races”! To put it mildly, I was thrilled to discover African-American romance, and I devoured Eboni Snow, Angela Benson, Shirley Hailstock, and all the classic ladies of color.

9. What do you like about African-American Romance Novels?

I like that the bright and articulate characters are a lot like my friends and me.  I enjoy being able to identify with their habits, backgrounds, educations, and challenges.  I especially like the fact that these romances are well plotted on both the national and international scene.

10. What was the last good romance you’ve read?

OUT OF THE BLUE by Janice Sims.  She did a wonderful job of blending genres and weaving a haunting tale of romantic possibilities.

11. Do you see yourself ever writing a historical romance?

I’ve given it some thought, but I can more easily foresee myself working on a time-travel romance – one that blends the similarities and disparities of two eras.  My dad was in the Air Force, and I’ve always had a fascination with the Tuskegee Airmen and World War II. and, now that I’m thinking of it, there is a story I’d like to tell.

12. What about mainstream fiction?

Ultimately, I would like to try some of what is traditionally thought of as “mainstream” fiction, but so far, my heart is truly locked into the world of romance.

13. Is being a romance writer what you thought it would be like?

Yes, in that it is a thrill to see my words in print – much as I though it would be.  In many ways, though, writing is so much more exciting and fulfilling than I’d ever dreamed.  Remember when you were growing up, and your parents and grandparents and teachers kept telling you, “someday you’re going to use this”, as they drilled and rehearsed your lessons?  Well, with publication, I’ve begun to feel that THIS is the day they were talking about.  Being published feels like the fulfillment of all my educational endeavors. I feel tremendously humbled by the people I’ve met and the letters and emails I’ve received.  I can’t begin to express the pleasure and excitement I feel just seeing someone reading something I wrote.

14. What was your becoming a published writer journey like?

An Act of God!

15. If you could pick one of your books for a movie which one would you
choose, and who would you cast in it?

Wow, you DO ask the hard ones, don’t you?  (Big Sigh.)  If you ask me that today, I would have to say my choice would be WHEN LOVE CALLS. Casting?  Hmmm.  I gave it some thought, then talked it over with some of the members in my fitness center – most of them have already read the book. We agreed that Lynn Whitfield or Jennifer Lewis would be good as Davida (though there was a splinter vote for Dawnn Lewis – Jalisa from “A Different World”).  Hands down, we agreed that Cuba Gooding, Jr. was right as Marc.  When it comes to Quita, I can see Viveca A. Fox, along with Mykelti Williams as Glenn (though Eriq LaSalle was a close second).  Patti LaBelle, Pam Grier, and Whoopi Goldberg (all aged a few years through the magic of cosmetics) would be wonderful as Davida’s mother, mother-in-law, and aunt.  There is a little girl (whose name I don’t know) who has appeared on “The Smart Guy”, and I think she’d be wonderful as Destiny. I’m on a roll now, can you tell?  I’m thinking Malcolm Jamal Warner would be fun as Milt, and Nike Clark (a local Atlanta artist) would make a wonderful Deb – though she’s a touch small for the part.  How about LL Cool J as MC Feng Shui (’cause he’s so cute)?

16. What are your favorite sites on the web to visit?

You mean after “Aspiring African American Romance Writers” and “Romance
In Color”?  I enjoy the “Color of Love”, MSBET, Blackwriters.Com,

Afraid to Die By Lisa Jackson

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The bodies of two women who Detective Selena Alvarez knew are found frozen solid and deliberately displayed. And each wears a piece of Selena’s jewelry. Selena’s partner, Detective Regan Pescoli, is on the case, but this killer already knows too much about her secret terror, her flaws, and the past she’s tried to outrun. And soon he’ll show her that she has every reason to be afraid.

Afraid to Die: A Selena Alvarez / Regan Pescoli Novel
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Publication Date: June 12, 2012
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Thriller
Mass Market Paperback: 484 pages
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Water In Broken Glass by Odessa Rose – reviewed

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Water in a Broken Glass by Odessa Rose
La Caille Nous Publishing Company , September 2000
252 Pages, Paperback, $15.00
ISBN: 0964763575
Genre: Fiction

RAW Rating: 4.5 (out of 5)

Living by your own rules

First time author Odessa Rose’s novel, WATER IN A BROKEN GLASS, is a wonderful addition to any book collector’s library.  She introduces us to Tonya Mimms, a sought out sculptor with the inability to commit to anything other than her art.  The manner in which Rose writes this novel is just as vivid and colorful as a newly painted portrait while at the same time drives home the lesson of being true to yourself. 

Tonya spends the majority of her life hiding out in a studio on the third floor of America’s Art Institute working on projects passed on by her mentor.  She’s been involved with men before, but never on a long term basis as something just doesn’t click with her.  Meanwhile, she’s haunted by a girl (Meyoki) that she was drawn to in high school and questions her morals while at the same time trying to convince herself that the feelings aren’t real. She’s been taught by her mother that “women ain’t supposed to run with other women” so she uses this thought as well as other teachings of going to hell if she sins in various manners.  As a result, she spends all her adult life hiding from her innermost feelings and births sculptures that reflects what her mouth is incapable of saying.                                                                                                                           
It is during one of her times of trying to get away from her thoughts that she meets Malcolm Holland and instantly takes him up on a challenge.  Just when Tonya manages to have both love and sculpting in her life, she meets Satin Pierce, an openly gay bookstore owner.  Although sexually drawn to Satin, Tonya establishes a friendship with her and teeters on the edge of fulfilling the desires stewing inside her. 

In spite of the comfort her sculptures offer, she quickly falls over the edge and a domino effect happens in her life causing her to lash out at the ones she loves as she deals with the decisions of choosing and following her heart or doing what she’s been told is the right thing to do.

Odessa Rose has painted vivid descriptions of both the characters and the scenes in WATER IN A BROKEN GLASS and has given us an engaging debut novel.  Though the book touches on homosexuality, a subject that isn’t normally approved in society, Rose has done it in a tasteful manner that helps the reader understand the character’s feelings.  The plot is driven by both the desires and the judgment of the characters while teaching us to be ourselves and not worry about trying to live our lives to the standards that society or those around us have established.

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