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Four Ways to Promote Your Work Without Being (A Complete) Jerk

Rochelle Pic1)  Even if it’s hard, find other writers to read your work. In 2012, I had long left behind my M.F.A. program and was therefore out of touch with other writers, but I wanted to write a book. Looking back, I know that the book I ended up self-publishing had some original moments, but it wasn’t as strong as it could have been. What I needed was someone to tell me the hard, cold truth about what was working, what wasn’t, and why. On the surface, this may not sound like marketing or promotional work, but if we believe that readers want to read good work, then it makes sense that we’ll have more readers if our work is strong. You can find talented writers through writing workshops such as the Hurston-Wright Foundation, VONA , the National Black Writers Conference, and at writers retreats such as the Vermont Studio Center, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and Bread Loaf.

2)  Attend as many readings as you can. Be truly passionate about literary community. If you’re someone who is an active reader, your writing will get better (see tip #1), and because people will recognize you as someone who cares about the literary community, they will want to support you and nurture your writing career.

3)  Be a good online literary citizen. A lot of writers have Twitter and Facebook accounts-they’re almost a given for anyone with a book out. But the concept of being a good literary citizen online is discussed less. Being engaged–following, listening to other writers, and discussing them on social media–is part of being a good online literary citizen. Your Twitter and Facebook feeds should overflow with the witty ideas of other writers; with social media, you have the opportunity to read the thoughts of writers ranging from the hilarious Mat Johnson to the somewhat morose Joyce Carol Oates.

Recent and upcoming events/sightings: Nelly Rosario, Sheila Maldonado, and Marcena Hernandez at Kweli Journal’s Desveladas: A Fotonovela Jan. 16; Randall Horton, Shirley Kwan, and Madeleine Beckham at the HarlemWorks Reading Jan. 17; The Schomburg Center’s Black Comic Book Celebration Jan. 16-Jan. 17; Taneika Wilder and Marc Polite at the Independent Author Symposium at Countee Cullen Library Jan. 30 ; Chris Abani and Victor LaValle Jan. 30 at Community Bookstore

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Author Paulette Harper in the Spotlight

“I believe my struggle as a writer is being able to stay focused because of so many distractions in life. I know I need to write, but life tends to pull me away for what I really want to do,” Paulette says when I asked about her struggles as a writer. She’s written two Christian non-fiction, inspirational books, a Christian fiction novel, one novella, an author’s manual, and two anthologies.

With Paulette’s hectic schedule, she’s also a business owner and wears many hats. “Because I have a desire to see other aspiring writer’s dreams come to reality, I’ve created Write Now Literary workshops. These workshops are designed to coach aspiring writers in the areas of creativity, development, and publication of Christian books. God has given me a desire for writers, especially those who want to write for the Lord. Through these workshops, I provide tools, resources, and opportunities to help writers succeed in the industry. I am also the owner of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours, a company that organizes book tours for authors of Christian genre, authors of children’s book, and authors of clean books.”

Each writer that I’ve come in contact with has a different way of writing and producing quality work. I asked Paulette what her method of writing was. This is what she had to say, “Before doing anything, I make sure I’m in a quiet area, free from distractions. When I’m ready to write, I sit at my laptop and begin writing. Depending on the chapter I’m working on, that determines the direction I’ll go. I am able to write as long as there is a constant flow. I find that writing in the morning is the best time for me.  I live a very productive life with family, church, and juggling my businesses. Therefore, if I don’t start my day off in this fashion, everything else will pull from my time and attention.”

Being in the genre of Christian Fiction, Paulette says as an inspirational and fiction writer, she writes to inspire and empower readers. “I write because I feel I have a message to share with readers, not only to entertain readers but to help them grow spiritually. I love to mix real-life stories into my fiction. Although each story is unique, we experience some of the same feelings, situations, and challenges in life in which the reader can identity. With the ability to craft fiction books, it gives me the opportunity to live through each character. When it comes to non-fiction, true stories, I always want to stir the heart of men.”

The literary business has changed a lot. One question I like to ask authors, writers and professionals who have been a part of this business for a while what their thoughts are on today’s industry. “As it relates to Indie Authors, the publishing industry has taken notice to some great Wordsmiths. At one time, the industry frowned upon Indie authors and did not take them seriously; but with the advancement of social media, Indie authors have risen to the platform and have made a name for themselves. I believe e-books have also helped Indie authors reach a wider audience of readers.”

“When it relates to writing fiction, I believe I must improve on developing my characters so that the readers can identify more with them.” Paulette give her advice and tips from her experience. “I would highly recommend to those who are aspiring to become authors to be patient with the process of becoming well-known. Connecting with your audience and branding yourself will take time. Especially for new writers, the market is flooded with books for readers to choose from; so by keeping this in mind, you must be able to patiently wait for your time to shine.”

With 2014 being a year of success, readers can expect growth and development as from Paulette. She’s also working on the sequel to Living Separate Lives.”

More about Paulette

Paulette Harper is an award-winning and best-selling author. She is the owner of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours and is passionate about helping authors succeed in publishing and marketing their books. Paulette has been writing and publishing books since 2008. Paulette is the author of That Was Then, This is Now, Completely Whole and The Sanctuary. Her articles have appeared on-line and in print.

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/PauletteHarperAuthor

Facebook readers group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/52554599435/

Amazon Author Profile: http://tinyurl.com/mvzj65j

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/pauletteharper

Buy Links

Amazon e-book: http://amzn.com/B00GLF5BW0

Barnes & Noble e-book: http://tinyurl.com/lv5g79b

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Featuring The Greatest Poet Alive

Name: James Gordon

Poet/Stage name: G.P.A. (Greatest Poet Alive)

Website/Social Media name and links:

http://www.iblowyourmind.net

http://www.reverbnation.com/gpagreatestpoetalive?profile_view_source=profile_box

Facebook – G.P.A. “Greatest Poet Alive” Livingston

Twitter: @gr8estpoetalive

G.P.A. Bio: G.P.A. (Greatest Poet Alive) is the author of four books of Poetry (The Confessional Heart of a Man, The Book of 24 Orgasms, The Mind of a Poetic Unsub, and Revenge of the Orgasm), contributed to several anthologies, and has released one cd (The G.P.A. Experience), and his second is on the way, GPApocalypse Forever. He is the winner of the Moth Storytelling Slam, Poetry Pentathlon, and Black Essence Award, as well as having been nominate Poet of the Year for three years and Book of the Year twice. Currently, G.P.A. has added acting to his resume with two movies (Persian Version and Animals) and television shows (Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, and Mind Games). G.P.A. proudly claims Chicago as his home.

Name of latest publication: Revenge of the Orgasm

It is Spoken

A Poetic Flow from our March/April Featured Poet: G.P.A.

We are truly honored to have the opportunity to interview the most prolific, gifted and dynamic person in the world of poetry these days in James Gordon, better known as G.P.A., Greatest Poet Alive. Not only does he represent the top echelon in the poetry genre, but he also reps one of the most influential cities in the world: Chicago. The hustle and bustle of the city matches the persona of G.P.A. His new book, Revenge of the Orgasm (Book #2 of the Orgasm series) quantifies what is earned for everything that’s associated with hard work and a creative mind. Like a major city that creates ways of staying relevant to its people, G.P.A. does the same for his fans by creating relevant poems.

G.P.A., you are such a busy man – I don’t think I have ever interviewed an author who has a busier schedule. Please, tell us your secret for spreading your poetic love around in the time frame that is given.

“First, thank you for the interview. With a genre that some consider ‘dead’ like Poetry, you have to work a tad harder. Also, when you give yourself a moniker like ‘Greatest Poet Alive’, it is important to be very visible and show above average adeptness in the craft as well. I don’t sleep much and drink good beer and whiskey.”

What’s hot right now on the poetic tip is your latest masterpiece: Revenge of the Orgasm, the second book in the Orgasm series. Can you please tell us how the idea come about, and what, if any, differences there are between the two books?

“I saw Wynter Ramos’ book on the VH1 show, ‘Love and Hip Hop’, and I thought aloud, ‘Couldn’t that book have been written without names being mentioned?’ And I answered the affirmative, so I wrote it.”

G.P.A. is referring to the show’s Winter Ramos’ book Game Over, a tell-all memoir of her life in the world of Hip Hop. G.P.A. used that book’s forum to “tell all” in his own ways:

“The Book of 24 Orgasms was my initial jump into writing sensual Poetry. A lot of the poems were me visualizing things I wanted to do and with women sexually. Revenge of the Orgasm is those visualizations that came to life. That is why I believe this book has taken off so well is because the poems convey the true events that occurred.”

Like I mentioned, you stay busy. What is the rundown of the things you have going on right now (shows, books, social media, etc.)?

“I am going to tear the stage of the Harlem Book Fair down!!! Okay, my radio show ‘G.P.A. Talks Everything’ has taken off on BlaqRayn Radio. I host a live open mic ‘Poetry’s Love Letter’ in Chicago at Let Them Eat Chocolate (5306 N. Damen), as well as a variety show, ‘Café Cabaret’ that takes place at Café Ballou (939 N. Western). GPApocalypse Forever, my newest cd, will be out. And I am completing my first novel, Bobo’s Middle School Adventures. Whew! Woo!!!”

The enthusiasm is contagious and well deserved as G.P.A. spreads the good word of his work to the masses. That’s what it takes to stay on top. G.P.A. educates that poetry as alive and well, and that the genre will not sleep as long as he has can wake up the poets that need to recognize that G.P.A. has busted down all the doors.

What (or who) keeps your interest going in your continued success in writing poetry?

“To be in the conversation of one of the best and well known Poets ever is what drives me day and night to continue to get better and be more innovative. Plus, there are people rooting for me that I cannot let down.”

They say, “don’t let success go to your head”, how has success in the world of poetry benefitted G.P.A.?

“This may sound funny, but success has gone to my head. And it is those thoughts that make me go harder, write and perform better. You have people who dig and don’t dig your ascension, but you go, sow, and reap fruit. Once you taste fruit like I have, you don’t want to taste the bitter. I like winning.”

That’s #winning is the social media world, and SUCCESSFUL in G.P.A.’s world.

Musings:

Take us into your musing session; what did it take in starting Revenge of the Orgasm on your pen-to-paper session to that serious poetic flow towards success?

Heineken, Jim Beam, music, the company of beautiful women all helped in writing Revenge of the Orgasm.

What reactions have you gotten from both men and women on the provocative, twisting of steamy erotic words that flow throughout the book?

“You know what? Men have really showed me love!! And they have been men from all over the world. Shocking right? A lot of men, especially male Poets, don’t typically show another male Poet love unless you’re in their clique or whatever, but this has been different. Now the ladies…Woo!!! Oh my Gosh. They are thrown off guard because of the verbiage used. It isn’t the typical what you might read or hear. Ladies love G.P.A. I did that to them!! Woo!!!”

Life experiences play a major role in writing. What do your experiences provide for Revenge of the Orgasm?

The many intimate and sexual experiences I have had women provided the beginning, middle, and ending for Revenge of the Orgasm. The greatest trick G.P.A. did was writing a book of about intimacy and sex without naming names and providing so much electric sizzle.

Last Words: G.P.A. gives us an exclusive from his brilliant and poetic mind.

Just wrote this…..

Face toward light at end of tunnel or heaven’s gate matters not to me…wait moisturize phallic stage and exit serving as entrance waist is handhold, spine my highway, and screams horns urging acceleration enter like DEA agents upon a suspicious house enter like famished fat men fondling themselves before opening doors of a gentlemen’s club enter as if no pain will come to you.

Loud grunt, a sound we both share spot with seventh letter on opposite other side; believe from here we can reach there. ignore please whether negative or urging machinations to rock Terra off its axis hard thrusts turn tumultuous tearing inhibitions from its skeletal frame somewhere between affirmations and negations, voice, yours, utters my name.

Knees buckle, again yours, while natural tightness closes around obelisk legs, torso, chest, brain, and soul quake in anticipation successful reaching mutuality in apex collapsing has duality, you upon hood of car of 15th floor of parking garage, me on you rhetorical query, did i exit entrance or exit…

“I wrote this poem inside of a group on Facebook while listening to Justin Beiber’s PYD. I dig all aspects of sexual pleasure. This poem indicates one of them.”

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AAMBC Blog Tours with Shanna Marie Teasley

Candy LadyThou shall kill: in order to live!  Being a drug lords’ woman proves to be no easy task; especially when you’re obligated to take over the business that has been nurtured by your man for countless years.
After the arrest of her lover, Carlos, Kamille ‘Kami’ Lathan, holds down the business until his long awaited return.  Kamille quickly learns that nothing last forever as she witnesses Carlos’ murder in their own home.
Abandoned, now for the second time in her life and feeling indebted to him; she immediately picks up where he left off.  With Carlos’ best friend Joe, by her side, Kamille can’t go wrong.  Always a lover of the streets and respected throughout the city of Atlanta, Kamille finds it easier, by the day, to take another persons’ life in order to maintain the crown that has been passed to her.
Having her best friend, Natasha, around to assist in the day-to-day dealings of the dope world; they form a clique of female hustlers, gangsters, murderers and robbers.  With Kamille holding the lead, the group is unstoppable.
While plotting her revenge on the king pin believed to be responsible for Carlos’ death, Kamille’s life begins to spiral out of control.  Her once desirable life quickly becomes an erupted volcano with never ending duplicity.  Greed sheds light on so-called friends and jealousy of Kamille’s success rears its ugly head; life as she knows it, falls apart.  Who can she trust?  Where can she turn?  Giving up and bailing out is not an option.
For reasons unknown, Kamille finds herself wanted dead by those she once shared close bonds with.  Stemming from an entourage that catered to her every need; she finds herself nearly alone with only a few people in the world that she can completely depend on.  Creating new plans, moving fast, meeting new hustlers and murdering her enemies is the only way for her to maintain her rightfully earned title as the Candy Lady.
Excerpt:
 “Poker anyone?”  Kamille opens the table to new comers. Five guests fall in without a second call.  “Five card draw, five hundred dollar minimum.”
              The game was going good until this hood, New York nigga named Ed, started talking shit.  The nigga works for the business but he was put on by Carlos. Kamille has never had to deal with him.  Carlos didn’t even know this guy.  He just said that he wanted to help him out.  “Yo’, yo’ yo’ I ain’t no dumb mutha-fucka, shit.  My shit is tight.  Mutha-fuckas try and come on my block and I bust they ass.  No fuckin’ questions asked.”
              “Dealer takes two.”  Kamille has her mind on the money and the money on her mind.  The pot is at least three thousand strong and she’s already decided that whatever she wins, she’s giving to Tashjma.  No need to expose her to more than she already knows.  Kamille left her and Dallas with two blunts and some DVDs. They’re probably passed out by now.
             “Fuck that, you takin’ two?  You can’t play no poker yo’.  This yo’ fuckin’ house and I’m ‘bout to walk off wit’ it, yo’.”  This dude Ed won’t let up.  Its three thirty in the morning and the crowd is thinning out.  There’s just a few people left; Kamille, Natacha, Bridge, Ronni, Joe, Coupe, Traz and a dude they call Spook.  “See, Los had it good.  He had a bad bitch, house, cars, money, but that nigga didn’t have any sense.”
              “You need to slow yo’ role, Ed.”  Natacha tries to put the fire out.
              “I ain’t got to slow shit.  You slow the fuck down, bitch.  You know who the fuck I am?”  Kamille cuts her eyes over at Ed, trying to stay focused on the game and ignore the shit he just said about Carlos.  Not mentioning the fact that he called her a bitch, a bad bitch, but a bitch none-the-less.
              “I got yo’ bitch and you ain’t shit but a dime nigga.”
              “Yo’, fuck you.”
              “No, fuck you.”  Natacha has never been afraid of any man, let alone a loud mouthed son-of-a-bitch like Ed.
              “Fuck that.  Like I was saying Los was a stupid nigga.  Laying up in here with a bitch and got his fuckin’ wig split.”  Just as fast as the nigga said the words, Kamille went behind her back, pulling her faithful .45.  One pop to the head and the loud ass northern bread boy hits the floor.  Ed’s mouth and the room fall silent.
              “Coupe, Traz, take this shit outside and burn him.  Spook, you got his shop now.”
              “Alright, Kami.”  Spook accepts the much-wanted promotion to two shops.

Pic for bk of booksBorn, Shanna Marie Teasley in December of 1980 to Deacon James (deceased) and Deaconess Priscilla Teasley; Shan Marie is a native of Atlanta, Georgia.  Raised in nearby Decatur, Georgia (east of Atlanta), she is the middle child with an older brother and younger sister.  Searching for a place to belong and how she could fit into the equation of life, at the tender age of nine she wrote her first short story.  Always having a vivid imagination – in addition to real life situations and circumstances – she began to put her thoughts and feelings on paper.

Overwhelmed with a need to express herself – also to simply entertain others – Shan Marie continued to explore the newly found love for literature.  She fell head-over-heels in love with Urban Fiction, Thrillers, Suspense and Mystery novels.  By the age of seventeen, she’d completed her very first novel; needless to say, she’s grown emotionally and mentally since then, bringing her writing full circle.

Shan Marie diligently writes with a heart-filled desire to provide heart-wrenching and warming fiction for her readers.  Writing novels that specialize in heroin based plots with the twists and turns of street life is her passion.  Full of love for a plethora of genres, she’s completed eight novels; including an Urban Christian novel and the first of an Urban Murder Mystery series.

Shan Marie is fully aware of the gift and talent that her heavenly Father has bestowed upon her, therefore, she has also began a Spiritual Guidance book that focuses on new and returning Believers of Christ.  It may sound strange and to some, maybe even hypocritical to write Urban Fiction and anything Christian.  However, isn’t that life?  Don’t we all have a past?  Yes we do and Shan Marie chooses to tell both sides of the story; the before and the after.

The joy that the art of writing brings her seems to have no end and pushes her to work hard, network and stay true to who she is as an author.  This is the only way that Shan Marie feels that she can honestly make a name for herself in the literary world.  That being said; she refuse to limit herself to one genre or any particular audience – outside of children, of course.  The stories that she brings to the world are from her personal point of view and are as honest as they come.  Life has truly taught Shan Marie that things don’t always go as you would like or even hope for them to.  This knowledge forces reality with a smidge of fantasy together and make them work as one.

To date, Shan Marie has published two novels (the first two installments of the Candy Lady Saga).  There are several titles in the pipeline for this year which include; Hoasis, Madams and Madams 2, Snapped Chronicles, Housewife or Hoe, Candy Lady 3 – Retribution and more.  Shan Marie is determined to provide, for her readers, Urban Fiction and Street Fiction at Its Best!  There is absolute pleasure that comes from within her, to bring characters to life that have the power to grab readers and pull them into their world.  She is confident that this is a uniqueness that separates her from others and places her on the road to becoming one of the next big things to hit paper.

Get to know Shan:
1. Why did I become a writer?  I bean writing at the age of 8; short stories and poems.  This began out of frustration as a way for me to release my anger.  As I grew older I began to read more adult novels.  I was a about 10 or 11 when I read my first novel, which was Dopefiend by Donald Goins.  My father had the collection and I read every single one before getting caught.  The I started with Eric Jerome Dickey, Sista Souljah, Connie Briscoe etc…  I fell in love with Urban Lit and knew that I could tell a story just as well or even better than some things I was reading; not including the before mentioned authors.  So I wrote my first novel when I was 17 years old and have been pursuing writer as a career for about 12 years.
2. How do I come up with titles, characters and plots?  I can get a title first or a plot; however it comes to me is how I receive it.  Candy Lady, for example; I got the polt first and then the title came about 10 minutes later.
3. Do you outline or freelance?  I’m more of a free lance writer.  I sit down and what comes to my head hits the keyboard.  I usually have one idea in my mind but by the time the book is done it may or may not be what I thought it would be it always turns out great.
4. Why did you start your own publishing company?  Under advice of my consultant and I realized that I’m not going to get the contract that I want from other publishing companies.  I keep 100% control of my babies (my novels) and most of the money that comes in.  The down side is that if you don’t have the money to put into your project then your book won’t move.  There’s way more to this thing than writing; that’s the easy part.
5. What drives me to continue to write?  It’s my passion.  I love being able to be or portray who I want to at any time.  I can say and do things in my writing that I would never do or say; it’s my outlet.  Every since I wrote my first book and people that I knew would be honest with me read it, critiqued it and loved it… nonstop from there.  The love my readers show and are showing right now, pushes me to keep going.
6. Is Candy Lady a series?  Yes.  Candy Lady 2 is out now!  3, 4 and 5 will be out by Summer 2015.  I decided on a 5 book series due to reader demand.
7.  What is coming up for Shan Marie?  Several novels will be released this year, 2014.  They are (in no particular order):  Hoasis, Madams and Madams 2, Snapped Chronicles, Housewife or Hoe?, Poor Lil’ Rich Nigga and more.  I am finished with the first of my murder mystery series, which is Madams and my first Erotica, which is Hoasis.  I will be featured at several book conferences this year and am currently pushing for more public book signings.  I will continue to put out my best and gain more and more readers!
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AAMBC Blog Tours with Ra’Mone Marquis

unnamed 2Sexuality is something that should be celebrated not hindered. It should be nourished not inhibited. District 69: The Crimson Edition does just that. The book’s purpose is to simply have a good time; to show sexuality and erotica through the eyes of a young man. Many men are not comfortable with discussing their sexuality or lack of inhibitions. Many men or even women for that matter are not so free to explore, with regards to the sexual world; for those that do or are curious, District 69: The Crimson Edition is definitely for them.

District 69: The Crimson Edition is a collection of short stories. Each short story is a real life experience; a real life experience that shows an untamed and unorthodox sexuality. What is so special about these real life experiences is that the majority of them were the author’s personal experiences, and a few of them from those close to him. Through the emotions, passions, and pleasures of each person; there is representation for everyone.

Excerpt: 

Here I was in a taxi cab, where only God knows the kind of people that have sat on these seats. The poor young driver was trying to drive and peek in his rearview mirror at what we were doing. However, the crazy part is that I didn’t even care about being watched. I was so hypnotized by the spontaneity of everything, that I really didn’t give a damn. Here I was butt ass naked and this man was exploring every part of my body with his mouth. He exhibited multi-tasking at its finest. His mouth was doing one thing and each of his hands was doing their own thing as well. With one leg leaning against the head of the driver seat and the other leg up against the back window, Norris ate my pussy with the perfect mixture of intensity and softness. I was so overtaken by the thrust of his tongue. His tongue was like a drill that moved in and out of my pussy in the midst of its circular motions. The pleasure from the way he ate my pussy had me, at times, thinking that he was fucking me. There were times that I felt as if it was a dick that was down there doing the job, not a tongue.

While I was going in and out of it of ecstasy, I missed him pulling down his pants and putting a condom on. I told y’all he was the master of multi-tasking. With one quick sweep, he picked me up. Despite hitting my head against the roof of the car, I slowly gyrated my pussy on top of his dick with my back facing him. I took my time letting every piece of his dick disappear inside of me. The fear of the size of his dick was easily erased by the pleasure pains that I felt. With each movement inside my pussy I would feel a quick pain. This was not the most comfortable environment to be riding a dick of such a size, but between the shock and pleasure of what was going on, I just could not stop. I had opened my eyes, briefly, to catch the cab driver looking at us through his rearview mirror and jacking off. With all of the pleasure that we were experiencing, I had also neglected to notice that the cab driver had stopped on some side street. Now South Beach is a huge part of my life, but I was so out of it that I had no idea what part of South Beach I was in. Honestly, I didn’t give a damn. I released a quick smirk at the cab driver and put both my hands behind the heads of the front seats to give me some balance.

It had really been a long time since I’d had a man work me over like this. Our bodies began to be full of sweat and I could feel him licking it off of my back as he held me firmly. He proceeded to push his dick further and further in me. The power from his thrust was so intense as I rode him, that you could not have told me that I wasn’t feeling it in my stomach. With his dick still inside of me, I turned around to face him.  I grabbed him by his arms, holding onto his muscles as they were flexed from the intensity of his thrust. While our bodies moved in competing rhythms, we kissed more and more passionately with each thrust. The way his tongue took sanction inside of my mouth, it rivaled the way his dick inhabited my pussy.  He leaned me back and proceeded to nibble on my nipples. With each thrust inside of my pussy, each breast moved in and out of his cool and moist mouth. I leaned my hands back and attempted to grab the head of the driver seat, but accidentally grabbed the driver’s head. I really let all inhibitions fall to the side as I slowly started caressing the drivers head. The driver slowly started sucking on my fingers and the weakness I was experiencing really had me entranced. I had a dick inside of my pussy, a moist mouth on my breasts and my fingers were being sucked on.

With boldness, the driver turned my head to the side and began to kiss me. I immediately fell apart. This young boy kissed me with such passion. Yet he was extremely sensual in how he held my head and with how his tongue guided itself through my mouth. Before I knew it my neck and back started to tense up and with just a few more…..

VD_R3Ra’Mone Marquis is a native of the state of Florida. He received his Bachelors degree from Florida International University where he became a proud 2005 initiate of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He went on to receive his Masters degree from the University of Phoenix. Currently living in Melbourne, Florida; Ra’Mone cites Miami as his second home. Due to a desire to provide people with an uncensored, informative, and uninhibited place to learn and express one’s self, regarding everything sexuality; Ra’Mone created the website The Quis Box. It includes everything from a blog, discussion forum, videos, and more. He is also the Founder and President of True T.A.L.E.N.T.S. Foundation, Inc.; a 501c3 nonprofit that he started in 2011. Its mission is to mentor and enrich the youth of our communities, ages 13-18 years old. With talents including music and the dramatic arts; Ra’Mone finds joy in writing, cooking, entertainment, exercising, eating, and traveling…just to name a few.

Get to know the author:

1. What 5 words would you use to describe yourself and why?
Determined – with various situations that I was born into and raised in; statistically I should not have acquired half of what I have. I was determined and still am to make something out of myself and to break certain cycles that are in my surroundings.

Persistent – with all of the obstacles I have enduring and still deal with I refuse to let it define or deter me.

Chameleon – I’ve always been able to blend into any situation and environment. A wide variety of people have always been able to relate and connect with me; everyone from a local dope boy to the CEOs of corporate America.

Private – I am a very private person. My business is my business and I do not feel it is anyone else’s business. People know about me what I choose for them to know. This has allowed me to protect myself. However, on the flip side this is a pro for those who are close to me, because I’m not just private with my business but theirs as well.

Progression – I have come a long way from the person I was 20 years ago and even the person I was 7 years ago. I love me, I’m proud of me. I’m stronger, wiser, and my zero tolerance for various things has increased. Each day I strive to have progression internally and externally. This helps strengthen the foundation for my success.
2. You have a very diverse taste when it comes to art, literature, and overall entertainment. Of all the genres, what was it that motivated you to write an erotica book?
I have always been a person that was intrigued by all things sex and sexuality. I even took a class, while I was a student at Florida International University that was called Female sexuality. It gave me knowledge of not just sexuality here in America but all over the world. It really allowed me to understand females a little more sexually. I love to tell and share stories. I always have. People always tune in when I got a story to tell because of how I present it. Accompanied by the fact that I have been an avid reader of all types of books, felt that with regards to the erotica books that I and those I’ve interacted with love; my experiences and theirs rival or are better than the ones featured in the book. So the realization of how widespread the love for sex and reality is, is what fueled me to want to write erotica.

3. What makes District 69: The Crimson Edition stand apart from all the other books of its genre?
When I read a book, you feel that you’re doing just that. However, when you read my book you feel has if you’re chilling, kicking back, and having a one on one conversation with me or one of your friends. This typr of presentation allows the readers to relate more to the stories I tell. Through the descriptiveness I provide, they are more in the moment while they are reading. What really hooks the readers and takes them to another level is the fact that my stories are real life experiences. Nothing excites people more than juicy real life stories; rather it’s a tv movie, reality tv, a box office film, or even a novel. All of these components together provide my readers with a literary experience. Although many books are good most do not do that.

4. Were you or the individuals you wrote about filled with any hesitation, with regards to the sharing of sexual experiences?
I personally was not nervous about sharing any of my stories. I specifically knew which people I wanted to acquire their permission, to write about them. If they had any reservations they did not make it known to me. Each person I asked said yes. What I feel eased any hesitation was that they were assured that names would be completely different and no one would even know who the story was about but me and them. Different names but the sexual escapades remained the same.

5. Along with your own sexual experiences, were there any other aspects of yourself that you used to enhance the stories written?
My personality fueled the entire book. My personality has always entertained and/or gravitated people towards me. To make the book more entertaining I used my personality with regards to the word usage and how I described things and situations. This made the stories easy to tell because it allowed me to pretend that I was chilling someone with my close friends having a good ole chill chat and chew.

6. In 2011 you created and since have been growing your own non-profit, True T.A.L.E.N.T.S. Foundation, Inc., which deals with the mentoring and enrichment of youth 13-18 years of age. The effectiveness of the organization has been showcased through winning awards and being published in newspapers. Do you feel that by being an erotica author that you have tainted your image and respect as a community leader?
I do not feel that I have tainted any image or reputation. Sex is an area of interest of teens as well as adults. I speak with my youth about topics of sex however I do it on an age appropriate level. My effectiveness and success with mentoring youth is heavy due to my transparency. A huge majority of the youth today do not have a positive outlet where they can express their thoughts and feelings without being judged. I came from the same background as almost all of the youth that I mentor. I have no criminal record, I have college degrees, and I’m an independent adult consistently accomplishing things. I provide them with not just a positive role model but someone they can trust and relate to. I provide them with positive insight and enrichment to aid them in reaching their full potential.

7. In the intro you mentioned that sexuality should not be hindered yet celebrated. Why do you feel that celebrating one’s sexuality is important?
One’s sexuality is a part of who they are as a person. It is a part of their individual makeup. When people are ashamed or held back, with regards to their sexuality; it causes self-esteem issues and other emotional complexes due to individuals being unable or afraid to be themselves and make sure that they are happy. People should embrace their sexuality and be with people who will embrace them for who they are. No one wants to be a caged bird.

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Email: kacebooksllc@yahoo.com

Twitter: @ramonemarquis

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Facebook: www.facebook.com/ramone.fluellen

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You can find additional information about Ra’Mone Marquis’ non-profit, True T.A.L.E.N.T.S. Foundation, Inc., at:

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Twitter: @ttfoundation5

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AAMBC Blog Tours with Khara Campbell

unnamed 1Virtue has been dating her boyfriend Ty for two years, he was a rebound after she broke up with her ex finance.  Virtue and Ty ended their first night together in bed and has been having a seemingly good relationship since.  During their relationship Virtue reaches out to God to try to find the missing pieces in her life -she wants to know if she really loves Ty for who he is or is it just the sex and the way he helped her get over her ex fiance, among other things.  She gives her life to Christ and in the process of walking in her faith she wants to end her and Ty’s sexual relationship to wait until they’re married to resume having sex.

Virtue struggles with finding the right words to tell Ty about her decision to abstain.  She’s afraid of how he would take it. Erika, Virtue’s best friend and polar opposite, thinks Virtue is stupid and warns her that she may be pushing Ty into the arms and legs of another woman.
Virtue begins to feel that no one in her life understands her new self journey, that’s when she reaches out to Terrance a member of her church who heads the Singles Ministry. She sees in Terrance everything she wishes Ty would be – a godly man for one. Virtue and Terrance’s friendship blossoms and he becomes her voice of reason as she deals with the challenges in her new walk of faith and her relationship with Ty.  She will find out that sometimes her will is not the best.
Khara Campbell was born and raised in Nassau, The Bahamas, however she currently resides in Maryland with her husband and three children.  Khara has a bachelors of Fine Art Degree in creative writing.  Besides Khara’s debut novel “Not My Will, but His”, she has also written and self published a children’s book titled “Island Girl”.  Khara has had a joy for writing for as long as she could remember and is excited about her debut novel.
Get to know Khara questions: 

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1. What was your inspiration for your debut novel?
The idea for Not My Will came from my own personal experience years ago, newly saved and dating.  This guy at the time just didn’t understand my desire to abstain from sex which made the relationship every different.
2. Have you ever experienced writer’s block, what got your juices flowing?
Yes I have.  During those times I take a break from the story and allow my mind to relax which helps me to think clearer. Sometimes my mind would get so jumbled up with all these thoughts and ideas that I would have to take a mental break from writing to regroup.
3. What type of music gets you up and going and why?
I love all types of music so it really depends on the mood I’m in.  I love my praise and worship, some Mary, Mary or Kirk Franklin. Sometimes I’m in the mood for R&B or reggae, it all depends on my mood at the time.  But music does help to get me motivated, it’s like listening to a short story being played on the stereo.
4. What keeps you grounded: faith, family, writing?
My faith in God is number one! I’ve had moments when all I felt I could rely on was God.  My family of course is right after and also writing because its so therapeutic to me.  I have to write just like I have to eat and sleep.
5. If you had to teach a fitness class today, what would the workout be? Sit-ups, running, basketball, tennis, squats etc.
Ahh probably running or tennis.  I was really good in track and field, sometimes I wished I had stuck with it.  I also like recreational tennis though I haven’t played in awhile.
6. Besides being an author, what other interests, desires do you have?
My dream is to start a business or develop some opportunities in the Bahamas, where I’m from, to continue to grow the economy. I’ve always had a desire to give back to my country in a big way.
7. Tell us something about your next project.
My next novel is about self acceptance.  The main character will find out some shocking news from her dying mother.
 

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Question of the Month

Brandie RandolphQuestion: When I view a book with bad editing, is it the editor’s fault or the author’s? Hasn’t the author been taken advantage of by being given poorly edited work?

Answer: I have dealt with this issue with many times. Book clubs, Facebook and social media have made it very easy to call someone’s manuscript poorly edited because, suddenly, everyone is an expert on the subject. In last month’s article, I discussed the different types of editing. Those different types entail a different product that the author is paying for. Obviously, as you get into more detailed types of editing, prices increase. There are manuscripts that desperately need developmental editing, but the author does not wish to shell out the money to acquire said editing. They opt to go for the cheaper copyediting and are hurt in the end. All too often, the blame is placed on the editor from the client and readers when, in fact, the author just didn’t care enough to pay for what they really needed. I always say that authors need to invest in their work fully if they expect readers to pay for it. Don’t go the cheap route and have your readers paying for a sub-par product. If you can’t afford the needed editing, you aren’t ready to publish. Period. That being said, there ARE true cases where the editing was done poorly, needs to be redone, or one or both parties’ expectations were not cohesive. Give the editor and the author a chance to correct the problem and offer you their best product in the end. We are in this together and most are self-published authors. Offer constructive criticism that can be beneficial versus malicious judgment that helps no one, including the industry as whole, in the end.

Ask the editor today!