Sunday, December 20, 2009

Desire at Will with Adrienna Turner

Desire At Will is a spiritual nonfiction book. We have the desire to serve God at our will. Who will you choose to serve all the days of your life? We have the willpower to choose who we will serve through our decision-making process to yield our spirits to God. Once we yield to God, we are motivated to be in the operation of God’s will. Moreover, there are encouraging and edifying ways to process our emotions and to develop our will to make godly choices.

There are five components being in the operation of God’s will: hear the voice of God (through His Word, other believers, and hearing from the Father); comprehend what He is speaking to our spirits; evaluate through discernment; choose to follow Christ; and act on it.

We are created to worship. We can also communicate with God through prayer, thank our Lord for His goodness through praise, and in everything we do is to glorify God.

AAH: Who is Adrienna Turner?
AT:Adrienna Turner is an accomplished author of several nonfiction and poetry works. Her latest book is "Desire at Will"--nonfiction spiritual book. She is now signed to GSH Publishing for her Young Adult Fiction novel entitled "Mirror, Beware!" that will be available in Spring 2010. She also writes under pseudonym names for her fiction projects under science-fiction/horror; romance draspensedy (drama, romance, suspense); fantasy/supernatural fiction; and suspense thrillers.

Additionally, Adrienna is a book reviewer for AAMBC (African Americans on the Move Book Club) and Dream 4 More Reviews. She showcases these reviews posted on Dream 4 More Reviews on her Internet radio show entitled Dream4More on BlogTalkRadio ( and Adrienna Turner on BlogTalkRadio ( over a year to showcase her literary consulting talents, author spotlights, and literary market as a whole.

Her passion is encouraging and edifying other aspiring writers to believe in their work, to polish it, and make it marketable. Therefore, she started a literary firm called Dream 4 More Literary Consulting Firm to help new and aspiring authors to showcase their books and enhance their writing projects to become a masterpiece. Other passions are youth involvement, community, and legal field.

AAH:What are your current projects?
AT:Mirror, Beware! will be released in Spring 2010 or sooner with GSH Publishing. I am working on Miss the Mark Series, book 4 our of 7 series. I am editing Unleashing the Spirit, Volume 1 and God is in the Equation to be ready for print in 2010/2011. I have a triology called S.H.E. (SHE Swagger, SHE Destined and SHE Mastered) that I will be working on in 2010 for Young Adults.

AAH:Do you see writing as a career or a hobby?
AT:I see writing as both. I see writing as a hobby, because writing is something I enjoy doing whether I get paid or not. I have done freelancing jobs without pay to write articles for online magazines and in print magazines. I also blog, chat, and enjoy sending emails--prefer to write than speak on the phone most of the time. I bear my heart and soul in my writings.

I also see writing as a career since I want to be a full-time writer/author. God has showed me my calling and want to excel in my gift. I see no boundaries or limits and keep exceeding with the talents and abilities God instilled in me.

AAH:Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
AT:I love to read mysteries, suspense thrillers, self-help books on an inspirational level, some memoirs, nonfiction books on business, health, wealth, and spiritual growth; poetry, Urban and Christian fiction, some drama and romance, and some science fiction. I also read Yong Adult books.

There are too many authors to name, but to name some, they are Vanessa Davis Griggs, Joyce Meyer, T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Vanessa Miller, Starr Sanders, Sheila Lipsey, L.A. Banks, and Adrienna Dionna Turner. What strikes me most about all these writers is that they write to inspire, aspire, to enlighten our literacy with page-turning books, to educate and keep us begging for more. I also read all types of books since I am a book reviewer for AAMBC and receive books at author’s request

AAH:Do you have any advice for other writers?
AT:Writers who are also avid readers allows us to study other author’s works, to learn what makes your audience tick or captivate them, study the style of writing, and most importantly, create your own writing style by noting what your dislikes and likes are that other authors do in their books.

You have to first believe in yourself, since no one else will. Do not give up on your dream. Be willing to seek a good editor, ask for references, and sample works. They also can do a chapter or thirty pages at no cost to see if you want to use their services first. This is a partner relationship, where the editor is to make the author’s manuscript better. Be prepared for financial expenses, it is best to research and do your homework on the craft as an author, review other author’s books in the genres you plan to write, and find out information on the publishing gig. Decide what is best for you! No surprises if you do your homework. If you do not want to do it, there are literary services to assist you. I started a literary consulting firm called Dream 4 More Literary Consulting Firm to help new and aspiring authors to learn more about the publishing business and marketing you!

AAH:When did you write your first book and how old were you?
AT:I wrote my first poem and short story when I was eleven years old. My first novella was published in May 2004, Mystery Lies Within. Then, September 2005, From the Depths of My Soul: Collection of Poetry and Songs. In 2008, Half of the Battle is to Surrender All I Have (poetry) and The Day Begins with Christ. My latest book, December 2009, Desire at Will.

AAH:What do you like to do when you're not writing?
AT:When I am not writing, I enjoy researching and reading. I continue to learn the market, study other writers' style and learn the craft of writing. I also enjoy reading other authors and writers work, both new and legendary. I am a reviewer for a book club and Dream 4 More Reviews. I also write articles for Celebrity Report Magazine, Heavenly Magazine, and Associated Content Press. I have two online radio showcases: Adrienna Turner and Dream4More on BlogTalkRadio to showcase authors, literary news and social/political information. Lastly, I enjoy acting! I am currently in a stage play entitled Are you Ready.

AAH:What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
AT:As writers and authors, we have to remove our egos and allow an editor to dissect our manuscripts with feedback and ways to improve or develop our manuscripts before they are in print. We sometimes get in our feelings and upright about the editing process, where we have to accept the changes made to enhance our manuscripts before the reader tears us apart with criticism, opinions, and feedback or reviews. Overall, editing is the most emotional and grueling part of being an author or writer. Writing is the easiest part of the equation. Marketing and promoting is another challenging aspect of being a published author. How can you compete with so many talented and new authors on the market every year? This will be surprising to most authors and writers who want to publish their books. We do not become rich and famous overnight--so please remove this thought immediately and be ready for ongoing growth process in the literary market, both good and bad.

AAH:How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
AT:I have written over ten books (some are still in manuscript format or process of writing). I have several published at this time and two or more to be published in 2010. I write both nonficiton and fiction books.

My most enjoyable one to write is my inspirational drama-suspense series entitled Miss the Mark Series. Book 1: Dream's Reality.

My most accomplished book at this time is The Day Begins with Christ and latest release, Desire at Will.

The most challenging book to write and research to where I did not want to actually start on it, would be Unleashing the Spirit (Volumes 1-3) to be released in 2010/2011.

AAH:Do you like to create books for adults?
AT:I write books for both adults and young adults. Our children is our future and I want to reach them in the literary world as well. They are saturated with erotica and street literature, where they need books that have drama but inspirational without the sex and profanity.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Samara King's Sensual Fiction

Author Samara King has penned 8 novellas and 1 novel in the multicultural erotic romance genre and has added her passion for poetry and contemporary fiction into the mix. She strives and endorses diversity between the pages of her books and poetry.
Samara wrote her first love story in the 8th grade and has been addicted to romantic fiction every since. She lives in Chicago with her precocious son and indulges in people watching, dancing, singing, and catching up on CSI and Ugly Betty.
Currently writes for Cobblestone Press, Loose Id, Changeling Press, Total E-Bound and her BlogTalkRadio segment; SoundNOff with Co-host Chamsil (The Writer), a showcase for Poets, Spoken Word artists and all spectrums of poetical prose. The creator of inCHARACTER, a striving writing resource, in which she serves as a columnist of Character-ology.

Readers may contact her at:
Upon A Midnight Clear

Carter James was the only present Drea Michaels wanted to unwrap this Christmas. She has only a few steamy nights to seduce the man she’s loved for years. Drea will have to play dirty if she wants to break Carter’s relationship rules: No dating friends. What good are rules, if they can’t be broken?
Carter has resisted every temptation imaginable since meeting curvaceous Drea. He’s not the kind of man who believes in forever, but when Drea pushes him past his sexual restraints, one touch may not be enough!

AAH:Where are you from?
SK: I'm from Chicago by way of the South ;)

AAH:When did you write your first book and how old were you?
SK:I wrote my first book when I was in 8th grade. My heroine visited Ecuador and fell for a teenage boy there. It was the first time I felt the magic of creating something and watching characters come alive. I'll always remember that.

AAH:If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? I would have to say Brenda Jackson and Beverly Jenkins. When I had seriously started crafting a romance novel, I thought of my two favorites. They write three-dimensional characters that grasp you by the throat and don't let go. The interactions between the characters often stay with you long after the story has ended. I looked up to these two wonderful authors due to how their words and stories touched me.

AAH:Do you have a specific writing style?
SK:I think my writing style has changed as my life has changed. I've gone from writing mostly novellas, to branching out to novels. Once I got over the hurdle of change, grasped the differences in how I use to write, how I approached storytelling, I began to feel the floor underneath my feet again. It took a while though. What I learned is to embrace it all!

AAH:What are your current projects?
SK:Currently, I'm working on a paranormal novella title Chosen, a sexy mystery novel, Like Sour for Sweet and having a ball delving into the mystery genre.

Samara King
Sensual Fiction With A Kick!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Author K.D. Harris's Poisonous Pen

Author K.D. Harris
“The Chick with the Poison in her Pen…”

“I am a fox.” (Miss Harris smiles) I mean my writing style is much like a fox in its nature. It’s unexpected, it sneaks up on you, and I like it just like that.” K.D. Harris is a 32 year old Delaware native, she attended Shaw University, and is a proud mother of two. Don’t however allow this seemingly simple up bringing to fool you in anyway. There is nothing simple or average about Ms. K.D. Harris or her literary works. Which is why, it was no surprise when she on a whim, sent in her novel Poison to Cartel Productions and they signed her two weeks later. Ms. Harris considers herself to be an extreme writer and she is absolutely right. With the release of her first novel Poison the world was shocked, riveted, and blown away by the unexpected twist and turns found on each and every page of her book. Poison 2: A fatal Attraction was released in the Fall of 2009, which has also been deemed to be a page turner. But that’s to be expected. Ms. Harris specializes in “Taboo Literature”, that’s right K.D. prides herself with being a writer unafraid to air the “dirty laundry” of life experiences. However she offers life lessons to be learned for the decisions we make. When asked how she plans on reinventing her writing style with time, she says “I am an extreme writer I always will be, but I don’t want to be stuck in one genre. So look for me in the erotica section.” (We both share a laugh) K.D. Harris is without the shadow of a doubt an awesome writer, who’s talent oozes form every page of her book. Most importantly however she is a devoted mother. K.D. says she never considered herself a writer although she always wrote. “You know, I didn’t really believe in myself, but I pushed and did it, I wanted to show my babies to never be afraid to pursue your dreams, and now there is no looking back for me!” In 2010 K.D will launch her own Publishing house K.D Harris Publications. In the Spring of 2010 she will release Beyond Measure the first Installment of the Eccentric Bliss Series.
AAH:Where are you from?
KDH:Wilmington, Delaware

AAH:Tell us your latest news?
KDH: Will launch my publishing company K.D Harris Publications, and my first novel Beyond Measure will be released Spring 2010

AAH:When and why did you begin writing?
KDH:I have always been a story teller in my mind. In 2007 I decided to put the pen to the paper and Poison was birthed.

AAH:When did you first consider yourself a writer?
KDH:I'm still grasping the idea lol

AAH:What inspired you to write your first book?
KDH:Just to see if I could do it. So it was more of a challenge

AAH:Do you have a specific writing style?
KDH:Extreme. I like to go against the grain.

AAH:How did you come up with the title?
KDH:My character was a mess, matter of fact her her surroundings is what I would consider detrimental to ones life so Poison was it.

AAH:How much of the book is realistic?
KDH:All of it. You never know what a person is capable of.

AAH:Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
KDH:A few

AAH:If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
KDH:Why of course my publisher T. Styles. She handles her business, and I study her technique carefully. Experience is the best teacher. (wink)

AAH:What book are you reading now?
KDH:None, trying to focus on me right now.

AAH:Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
KDH: Julia Press Simmons Junnita Jackson, and Kaira Denee Her book was very interesting.

AAH:What are your current projects?
KDH: Poison 2 is out now. Beyond Measure which is the first installment of my Eccentric Bliss Series is up next which will be released under my company. It's Drama with a capital D. Can't wait Spring 2010!

AAH:Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
KDH:There are a few and I don't want to seem bias since I already mentioned there names several times during this interview The J's, lol.

AAH:Do you see writing as a career or a hobby?

AAH:If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

AAH:Can you share a little of your current work with us?
KDH: Ok Let me give you a snippet : Beyond Measure...

Later that evening we were supposed to check out the fireworks for the New Year’s celebration. I sat on the bed waiting for Lorenz, but drifted off to sleep. When I woke up, it was 11pm. Damn I thought, why didn't he wake me it's almost time for the countdown. I looked around the room, and he was nowhere to be found. That was odd. I decided to check downstairs, maybe he was waiting for me. Then a horrific thought came to my mind. What if Camille and Shelly told him about what went down at the Jacuzzi earlier? Oh God. He would be pissed. I didn’t even tell him I was going to hang out with them. I had to get to him before they could do any damage. I just pray that I wasn’t too late.

I ran out of the room and made it only to the top the staircase, before I was distracted by noises coming from the master bedroom. For some reason I felt myself being drawn to room; like I was bewitched. I peeked around the corner I noticed the door was wide open. Candles and incense were lit all around the room. Large pillars with burning candles, where at each corner of the bed. In the middle of the bed Greg laid while his manhood was being engulfed in Camille’s mouth. Shelly sat straddled across his face, winding her body seductively. Shelly arched her back as Greg drove his fingers deeply into her plump bottom, causing a rippling effect to take place.

I couldn't take my eyes off them. I felt a pulsating sensation between my legs. Chills ran through my body rousing emotions and feelings I would rather stay in a siesta. The display of pornographic exhilaration had me spellbound.

Camille removed Greg’s erect cock from her moth and stood at the side of the bed.

Her dark skin shimmered from beads of sweat that covered her body. Greg continued to satisfy Shelly causing her to buck wildly as he man handled her pussy with his experienced tongue. No words were shared amongst the trio just moans, and cries of eccentric elation; which was like fine music to my ears. I was mesmerized by the melody of their erotic symphony. After a loud scream and quickened convulsive movements, Shelly went limp and plummeted to the side of the bed.

Camille stood there breathing rapidly awaiting to be caught up in Greg’s rapture. Greg arose from the bed reminding me of a black Adonis. He grabbed Camille by the waist and swept her off her feet without effort. She wrapped her long legs around his waist as they kissed passionately like two teenagers madly in love. Visions of the night we shared danced through my mind. Jealousy overtook me as I watched Greg caress and show affection his wife; the kind of affection he never once showed me. The one who did everything he wanted without question, the one who could be carrying his only child. Camille took his dick with force and inserted it inside of her. Their rhythm together was perfect as he pounded deep inside her. For her to be so small she took it like a champ as he bucked her body against his.

The pulsating feeling between my thighs became so intense that secretion of my juices began to escape and trickle down the side. I backed away from the room and stumbled. I turned around and was face to face with Shelly. I was so caught up with the show in front of me that I didn’t notice her disappear from the room. She had a devilish grin painted across her face. I froze. I was so embarrassed. She directed her attention to the wet spot that appeared on my light pink pants and licked her lips exposing the tongue ring. She moved in closer to me, so close that her erect nipples were practically stabbing me in my own breast.

“You like what you see Miss Sasha? Would you like a closer look…I won’t bite, unless you would like me too.” She whispered. Her breath was hot on my lips.

My heart began to beat triple time. I was in the most uncomfortable and confusing situation I could ever recall. This was far worse than the night in Greg’s office. Part of me wanted to run away from all of this and another part wanted to go jump in that bed and let them have their way.

Shelly backed away smiling and motioning for me to follow her. I watched her move seductively towards the bedroom....

Stay tuned!

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Staying on task! I get carried away with it sometimes. Its like I become one with the character and that can be scary depending on which one I'm writing about.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Kwan Hoodlum was my favorite book. He is so hood and real. Leondrei Prince is also the truth Merry fuckin xmas was awesome.

AAH:Who designed the covers?
KDH:Davida Baldwin did the Posion covers, Junnita Jackson has designed VOl. II Until Death which will be out late 2010.

AAH:Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
KDH:Brace your yourself, it ain't over!

You can get them on amazon, the cartel publications or autographed copies from yours truly and course wherever books are sold!
Don't forget to tell us where we can find your book, and how you can be reached for book signings, speaking engagements etc.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Deadly Decisions by Mimi Renee

Deadly Decisions

Deadly Decisions Author: Mimi Renee
Pub. Date: January 22, 2010 ISBN: 9780578039565

Price: $15.00
Size: 5.5 x 8.5” Paperback

Availability: Johnson Publications

“Deadly Decisions” introduces Keisha Cones a sexy, independent hustler with a haunting past has dreams of making on top. Keisha endured a dysfunctional home life and tumultuous relationship with her mother. Her screwed up life style and unforeseen family tragedy ushered her into the belly of the beast. Keisha falls headfirst into a game of love and deception. There are three hearts at stake including her very own. In attempts to deal with her deteriorating emotional state and the need to survive, she gets involved with two of California's notorious gangstas. Keisha test the limits as she attempts to be the number one boss chic and stay alive without her dirty secret being discovered. Keisha is in too deep, the red and blue has become a big blur. The decisions she's making may prove to be deadly! Will she get her love Piru style or will she end up on a missing poster? Either way she is determined to be on top or die trying.

Deadly Decisions are available through,,, and

About The Author

Mimi Renee California native born in Compton and raised in Long Beach California, Mimi Renee recalls that reading and writing has always been her passion from as far back as she could remember. As a young girl she read aloud to herself and others for fun and enjoyed volunteering to stand up to and read out loud in front of class as much as she could. During her sophomore year in high school at David Starr Jordan High in north Long Beach, Mimi learned that she was pregnant and was soon transformed to a continuation school to finish her high school term out at Will Reid continuation, in a special program for pregnant minors. Getting her life on track as a mother and not able to hang out with friends like she had in the past, Mimi reclaimed her passion for reading. She read countless books of various genres in her spare time. A few of her favorite authors are; Sister Souljah, Terry McMillan, Teri Woods, Nikki Turner, Shannon Holmes, Mary B. Morrison and Mary Monroe. Going back to her grass roots of scribed art suddenly Mimi had become inspired to put her passion for writing into action. After writing her first line on the page of her notebook, she was hooked.

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AAH:Where are you from?
MR: Long Beach, California

AAH:When did you first consider yourself a writer?
MR:I knew I was a writer after I completed my first manuscript back in 2004

AAH:What inspired you to write your first book?
MR:The love and passion that I have for both reading and writing!

AAH:What books have most influenced your life most?
MR:Oh wow, there are so many.” I most definitely would have to say authors such as- Keith Lee Johnson, Carl Weber, Mary Monroe, Mary B Morrison, Donald Goines, Teri Woods, Wahida Clark, Nikki Turner, Ashley & JaQuavis and Kiki Swinson.

AAH:If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
MR: Miki Starr Martin, author of “Broken Promises, “she’s a true sistah and has been very supportive of me.

AAH:What book are you reading now?
MR:“The Cartel” by Ashley & JaQuavis

AAH:What are your current projects?
MR:I have pinned nine manuscripts thus far, but I am currently going over some edits to the sequel of my debut novel, “Deadly Decisions.”

AAH:Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
MR:My man, Tre-he believed in me from day one, when everybody thought it was cute-he was rooting me on... Without his support I really don’t know how far I would have gone, are even if I would have completed my first manuscript...He was so proud of me, his faith and belief in me took me a long way.”

AAH:Do you see writing as a career or a hobby?
MR:It started off as a hobby, but now I’m definitely trying to make a career out of it!

AAH:If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
MR:You know, I actually always battle with myself over my writing, more so because of some of its content. I have a daughter, so I’m constantly striving to be as positive and the best role-model that I could possibly be. So yeah there are times when I wanna take some things back, change a few scene’s, are reconsider certain content; but then when it all boils down to it, I have to be true to the writer in me. So I’m constantly having the talk with my daughter, because it is very important to me that my work is taking strictly as a work of entertainment-good juicy, page turning hood drama, type of entertainment- and kept in that perspective. Some of my work is very inspirational.

AAH:Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
MR:This goes as far back as my child hood, when I was a little girl; you would always catch me with a book. Even to date…lol! I’m a thinker and a dreamer, my mine is always going.

AAH:Can you share a little of your current work with us?
MR:Most definitely! “Deadly Decisions” Is a tale about a young girl from the hood named Keisha Cones-who comes from a dysfunctional home. In reaction to her life’s trails, tribulation and triumph, Keisha falls knee deep into street life-gang banging, and selling drugs for means of survival. Her intent for revenge will turn into an obsession, and becomes deadly.” While her love life turns from innocent to dangerous, as she continues to play both sides of the fence, with two of Compton Californian’s most notorious gangsta’s...I want say anymore...

AAH:Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
MR:I’m trying to be the best at my craft, that along is a challenge, because I’m always trying to get better than before.

AAH:Who are your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
MR: Keith Lee Johnson-Being that he was able to keep my attention through all four parts to the series of “Little Black Girl Lost”, he wins hands down. No other author has been able to grab my attention like that.

AAH:Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
MR:I will be in New York touring on February 4, 2010. My first book signing will be in The Bronx on February 6, 2010 @ The Bronx Bookman’s table from 1p to 6p. For more information please visit my website @

AAH:What was the hardest part of writing your book?
MR:Having to re-write certain parts of the book, but at the end of the day it’s so necessary!

AAH:Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
MR: I learned that you really have to go hard are go home. Readers are looking for us to bring it!

AAH:Do you have any advice for other writers?
MR:Yes, “be true to your writing skill and style. Though you may have been inspired by other authors, when it comes to writing, strive for originality. Best advice- take breaks from reading while you’re writing.

AAH:Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
MR:Support my work, “I’m that chick,” I’m definitely gonna bring it!

AAH:What do you like to do when you're not writing?
MR:Hang out with family and friend, and laugh till my stomach hurts!

AAH:What does your family think of your writing?
MR:They are very, supportive and proud of me.

AAH:How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
MR:As I mention before I have a total of nine manuscripts. I can’t even choose, right when I think I have a favorite one, I fall in love with the next one…I love them all.”

AAH:As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
MR:I wanted to be an entertainer.

AAH:Don't forget to tell us where we can find your book, and how you can be reached for book signings, speaking engagements etc.

MR:Deadly Decisions will be debuting on 1-22-2010. For book signings, speaking engagements etc. you can reach me at You can also pre-order a copy of Deadly Decisions now and get an autographed copy directly off of my author website @, my publisher’s website @ and on Deadly Decision will be coming to a store book store near you, soon!!!!!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

A Philadelphia Story with Julia Press Simmons

Julia Press Simmons is an award winning spoken word artist and playwright. Born and raised in Philadelphia Pa, she achieved critical acclaim with her debut novel Strawberry Mansion: A Philadelphia Story and is now celebrating and promoting her sophomore novel, Begonia Brown.

We were named for the flowers in Grandma's Garden. Begonias, Violets and Daisies, and much like those flowers, we were showered with a love that rivaled sunrays. We knew nothing of pain, or sorrow, or just how cruel the world could be until the day God saw fit to call Grandma home. Her heart stopped two weeks after Daisy was born. My mother smoked us homeless two weeks after that. Now with Grandma gone and mommy on a constant crack high it's up to me to keep our little family together, and you best believe I'll stop at nothing to do just that…

Begonia’s carefree world has been turned upside down. Forced to become the head of her household she has to trade her paintbrush in for a switchblade, and her love of art into a love affair with the hood. Lying, stealing, and turning tricks, Begonia will do any and everything she can to protect her sisters from the ugliness of the world. However, it just isn’t enough… When her younger sister Violet, desperate to escape the hell her life has become is seduced by an up and coming Corner boy, and their baby sister Daisy is riddled with disease that could be fatal if not cared for, Begonia is caught between the hard knocks of the streets and the nightmare of her home life.

From the critically acclaimed author of Strawberry Mansion comes the tale of Begonia Brown. Raised in the unforgiving streets of North Philadelphia, Begonia Brown is undoubtedly a product of her environment, young, ruthless, and criminally minded.

AAH: How would you describe your writing style?
JPS: I am and have always been an outliner (lol) I need to know the who, what, why, and what's going to happen in the end! I find it very hard to write at home, but I will do it when facing a deadline. After my outline is done. I tend to write in burst - taking on big chunks of the project for days at a time and then walking away when the flow is cut off or I get impatient with the story.

AAH: Tell us about your current release.
JPS: Well, Begonia Brown is the second installment of the "Philadelphia Story" series and it was released in October. Begonia Brown was hell to write. It didn't flow out of me like Strawberry Mansion, every word written was a result of some midnight struggle over coffee and borrowed cigarettes. My imagination got the best of me and I had to constantly pull back and make Begonia real. The story is about a young girl who is forced to become the head of her household after her mom's crack addiction spun out of control. It was that simple premise that made Begonia's story so hard. I had plenty of opportunities to make Begonia larger than life, but I wanted her to be real - a representation of the children that I grew up with who faced the same sad circumstances.

AAH: Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
JPS: Yes I do. lol WRITE everyday! Push yourself and your craft to the limit- and when it's all said and done and you are sitting with a completed manuscript in your hand - study every book ever written on the publishing industry before you make a decision on what publishing road you will choose!

AAH: What are you reading right now?
JPS: I just Finished "Hold Love Strong," by Matthew Aaron Goodman Hands down the best book I've read this year!

AAH: What can we expect from you in the future?
JPS: A little bit of everything. A blog talk radio show, an ezine on Health and Weight loss,. a documentary on my journey as a self published author, a national tour, and -last but certainly not least- DRAMA! You can always expect heart wrenching tails of life's many trails and tribulations!

Getting to know Tamika Newhouse

Tamika Newhouse is the Best Selling author of The Ultimate No No. She is also known as the creator and President of African Americans on the Move Book Club, which is an online book club catering to avid readers across the nation. She is currently the Editor of Step Up Sista Magazine and literary consultant. In March 2009 Tamika was announced the Women of the Year by Alive Magazine and nominated as Best Radio Personality by the Black Book Clubs Rock Awards. As well as the African American Literary Awards awarded her as Self Published Author of the Year in less then a year after the release of her first novel.

Tamika made her publishing debut under the AAMBC Publications, which will publish anthologies showcasing various authors’ talents. She is currently the CEO of Delphine Publications and has the vision of building a powerful company.

Tamika can be heard on the syndicated AAMBC Radio, where she interviews new and seasoned authors. The show showcases many of the author’s talents and their current projects.

Tamika created the national tour group called Literary Sistah's, where she and authors tour all over the nation. She is currently living in San Antonio with her husband son, and daughter. She released her second book The Ultimate Moment No Regrets in September 2009 and is currently working on her third novel Cookie: A Fort Worth Story. She plans to release her fourth novel He was a Bad Idea in Fall of 2010.

The famed characters from The Ultimate NO NO are back and are still searching for love. The scam Nitrah and Dahlia created was just the beginning of their heartaches. Now time has past and the ladies are back for round two. Nitrah has decided to move on with her life and even took a new step in her career, but as soon as she moves on Troy comes back to Fort Worth. Not only does Nitrah face Troy, she also will face the past when Michael is back to start a committed relationship with her. She is now torn between the two, and you want believe who she chooses. Jazzaray and Tim are now married. But aren't you suppose to be living the happily ever after. Well that isn't the case when Jazzaray and Tim both face so many turmoils that they will be tested in some of the most difficult ways. Now, Monica who turns out to be a predator for married men will make it her mission to make Tim all hers. Will Tim and Jazzaray's relationship survive or did they jump the broom too soon. Finally, will Dahlia find true love with the man who got away? Can she finally let go of the past with Troy. Things for her becomes worse before it gets better and as you expect for her to finally get her prince charming, her life takes a unexpected twist that you will be shocked to see how it all ends. Are all her sisters secrets really out of the closet? Can these women finally find true love and stop playing with peoples hearts. They will all come face to face with their problems in their final Moments, and in the end they must make a choice and having No Regrets in the end. It's now or never!!

AAH: Do you see writing as a career or a hobby?

TN: A career. Once I started my dream there was no point in half way doing it. No one wants to half fulfill a dream. This is who I am. I am a writer and writer is me.

AAH: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

TN: Yeah in third grade when we use to write these short stories. I kept every single piece I have ever written. I was a very imaginative child. I loved to day dream and just create lives in my head. Every since I could understand the Craft of writing it has been in me.

AAH: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

TN: The Ultimate Moment No Regrets is the sequel to my first book. Its is a romantic drama that consists of several lives. I create situations that are realistic in relationships. Such as lying, cheating, uncertainty, and more. In my first book The Ultimate NO NO I wanted to bring realness to a romance book. I never will write a fairy tale.

AAH: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

TN: Starting my second book was hard because it was my first time writing a book in 3 years and this one I knew for sure other people would read. I was just nervous and thinking about the what ifs. I quickly got over that and went back to basics and that's just to have fun with someone Else's life that I created.

AAH: Do you have any advice for other writers?

TN: Yes do a lot of research. No one should be ignorant to a industry they are in. Be smart and know the business.

AAH: How long does it take you to write a book?

TN: About 4-6 weeks. My thing if the book is good to me then I cant put my pen down. Just like if I was reading it I wouldn't be able to put it down. So its the same when I am writing.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Erotic Drama with Junnita Jackson

I was born in Brooklyn, New York in the 70's. Being the oldest I often spent alot of time alone in my room because of inflicting some type of tourture on my youngest brother. During that time I discovered escape through fiction. I remember my mother bringing home stacks of books for me to read, she was an avid reader herself. Among them, my favorite, "Are you there God? It's me Margaret." by Judy Blume. Because of that book I started my own Are you there God? journals. I wonder where they are today. And as I'm typing this I'm considering starting those journals again.

My love for words and expression showed itself publically when I attended Boys and Girls High School in Bed-Stuy. I performed a monologue, to audition for the drama club, from the collection of poems from For Colored Girls Who Consider Suicide When The Rainbow Was Enuf by Ntozake Shange. After my performance I was praised and told I should be on stage, but that wasn't where my heart really was. The reaction to the performance made me want to write and have people entertained by my words and how I strung them together to form images in their minds. I wanted to paint pictures with my words.

I have always been a lover of words. I love the idea of getting lost in a world I created with characters that eventually took on a life of their own. What would they do next? How would they react to this or that? Someone once told me that the characters we (as authors) create are an extension of who we really are; that some things that are unacceptable in society could be held as acceptable in the world of fiction. That was a scary thought. My characters in my debut novel, If It Don't Hurt It Ain't Love, exhibit a variety of personality traits and emotions. They range from the meek to the insane. Is that really who I am?

Currently, I am working on my second novel. I live in Central Pennsylvania with my children and loving, supportive husband. I am blessed.

Kat, Tamia, and Vatyra tear apart and mend the cracks of their tattered hearts. Kat is a sultry and steamy woman with a mind boggling sex addiction. Nothing has ever come between Kat and a good time; but too much of a good time may cost her a trip down the aisle.
Coma stricken, Tamia's sanity hangs on by a thread as she keeps seeing her deceased love, James. Maybe James will let her stay with him instead of sending her back to reality to care for their teenage son.
Although Vatyra's heart has been trampled more than once, she finds the strength to let Kevin back into her heart. Just when she thinks life could be sweet, his ex-freak-of-the-week returns to claim what she believes belongs to her.
Available online at Ask for it at your local bookstore.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

NaNoWriMo Month

Okay, so tomorrow starts the National November Writing Month. Take this journey with me. I am very excited about this, this will be my first time participating in NaNoWriMo. Based on the rules, I have my outline ready. 50,000 words in 30 days. I can't help but to wonder if I have the discipline for it. I will keep you posted. Meanwhile head on over to to sign up or to just take a look and see what it's about.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

An Author's Heart

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