Angel McCloud is done with love after experiencing a broken heart by her deadbeat boyfriend. Vowing to take a break from relationships, now its all about her. Angel wants to have a little fun and cater to her sexual beast without commitment and drama and with the handsome, star wide receiver from the Detroit Lions, her delectable-bodied personal trainer from the past visiting town, and a coworker that’s been sniffing up behind her for a while now, it seems like she will get that chance. That is, if the sexy mystery man that keeps invading her life, thoughts and dreams, stops making her feel a craving that she never has before. Future Crowne used to be Mr. Nice guy and the hopeless romantic but it only seemed to get him overlooked and misused. What a difference 5 years can make. Future is now the epitome of a player and a ladies man and to protect his heart he has no problem giving women a dose of their own medicine. Now they get only sex and great sex at that. Unfortunately he may have met his match with the sultry sexy Kandi. The one thing that he didn’t plan for was what felt like fate in the form of an unknown woman, rearing its head into his plans. Follow these two seemingly different people through exciting and tantalizing paths, drama filled nights and sexual triangles as they find out their inevitable truth.
- What prompted you to get into the writing game? ~ Writing was my way of release. While I have been writing for years I never became serious about it until after I left an abusive relationship. It was my way of expressing how I felt while also helping other women trapped in the same or similar situation. Once I realized just how much writing helped get me through that dark time I kept at it.
- What challenges have you overcome? ~ My biggest challenge so far is overcoming slander. I never thought I would be the target of defamation until it actually happened. Luckily, it only made me stronger – and it gave me something else to write about! Another challenge that I’m sure all new writers can relate to is the big “R” – rejection! It took me two years to receive my first rejection letter from a publishing company. What hurt even worse is that the rejection was written on a cut up slip of paper. It was horrifying and made me feel like I wasn’t even worth a formal letter. I almost gave up writing when that happened to me, but I knew my story had a purpose. So instead of letting a slip of paper kill my career I used it as motivation. Now I actually seek rejection. It sounds weird, I know, but it fuels me creatively.
- Name two relatively unknown authors that have inspired you and why. ~ The first writer would definitely be my literary mentor, Dread. His writing and storytelling skills are second to none. You definitely have a special skill when the son of Stephen King complements and admires you. I can’t think of anyone else off hand, but any author that’s willing to put their talent and reputation on the line, brave the elements in this industry we call publishing, and keep writing regardless of the outcome has my admiration and respect. It takes a strong mentality to be a writer and the one’s I’ve met thus far have all inspired me in one way or another.
- What are your favorite things about being an author? ~ Where do I begin?! I love creating stories that emulate reality, yet also allow readers to escape it. I love creating characters that I can relate to, especially the ones that live for debauchery. In all honesty, sometimes I live vicariously through them and do things I wouldn’t dare do in real life. Writing allows me to be adventurous while still remaining legal, moral, and ethical.
- What’s your opinion on the current battle between e-books and print books? ~ I honestly don’t believe there is a real battle between the two. While some people do enjoy e-books there will always be a need for physical books. We are an overly dependent technological society and computers, smart phones, and tablets run our daily lives. Sometimes people just want to go back to the basics and flip a page – or twenty – of a good book. Both e-books and print books will always be in high demand and neither will ever outshine the other.
- How do you keep from getting stagnant in writing? ~ By writing in spurts instead of forcing myself to stick to a writing schedule. Music always helps me get in the mood to write. I also try to switch up what I write about to help generate fresh ideas and concepts. Typecasting is my kryptonite, so instead of sticking with one genre I’ll write short stories in different genres such as romance, horror, motivation, or even comedy. I tend to keep these writing exercises to myself, but they help get my creative juices flowing.
- What’s been your best social media outlet/marketing tool? ~ I think Twitter has been my best social media marketing tool so far, with Facebook being a close second. I use them interchangeably though. I like using Twitter for short messages and Facebook for longer, more in-depth ones
- Where do you see your career in five years? ~ In five years I will have fully established Isys Publications which is my publishing company. I want to open doors for other unknown authors who have stories to tell, but struggle with the process of being signed by a big name publisher. My goal for Isys is to allow authors to be themselves, tell their stories how they see fit, and use their talents in ways that are otherwise stifled by some publishing companies. Of course, I’ll still have stories to tell of my own. I will always write; as long as there’s a story to tell there’s a reason for me to write.
- What mark do you hope to leave on the literary field? ~ I want to be the author that’s known for really connecting with people. My stories have to fulfill what I call the 3 E’s. They have to 1) entertain, 2) empower, and 3) encourage. To me, writing isn’t just about entertaining my readers. That’s only part of the equation. When a reader puts my book down I want them to feel better about their life than they did when they first picked it up. I also want them to take that same empowerment and pay it forward to someone else. I guess you can say I want to create a literary domino effect.
- Any advice for new authors? ~ The best advice I can give to new authors – and those who desire to be an author – is to never stop writing. No matter how silly, unkempt, or purposeless it may seem every story you have to tell needs to be heard by someone…even if that someone is yourself. Always have something with you to jot down ideas because there’s no guarantee it’ll come back. You know the saying, “If it’s important I’ll remember it later.”? Well, that doesn’t apply to authors! Finally, keep a close eye on your worst enemy. They will tell you it can’t be done…your writing sucks…no one will read or publish it…you’re wasting your time…anything to knock you off track. Do not listen to the negative nonsense. Instead, keep writing! Write as much as you can as often as you can. The more you write, the less the enemy can attack. Oh, and if you’re wondering where to find them you need to look no further than your reflection in the mirror.
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“Writing is not only my passion; it’s my purpose.” That is clearly evident in every novel, short story, article, and literary work produced by Diamond Cartel. Since the age of eight, writing has been a way for her to express what she’s feeling, thinking, and experiencing in life. With three novels, a compilation, and a motivational book all under her belt, Diamond utilizes her passion for words to tell a story to the hearts, minds, and spirits of everyone she comes in contact with. Adding her own twist to traditional storytelling, Diamond doesn’t just write to entertain, but also to empower and encourage. That is why she is the self-professed “novelist like no other.”
Outside her role as a novelist, Diamond also doubles as The Motivational Rockstarr. Under this persona, her goal is to motivate, inspire, and teach others the fundamentals of being successful and following your passion. Everyone has an artist within them. No matter if you’re a writer, painter, photographer, or entrepreneur The Motivational Rockstarr has something to fuel your drive, give you clarity, and provide you with the tools you need to progress along your path.
After all I said and done, Diamond loves to simply live and experience life. An avid explorer, she loves to travel. No distance is too great or too small for exploring. She also loves to spend quality time with her children, get lost in a night of music and dancing, and make others laugh like there’s no tomorrow. Diamond truly lives to love and loves to live.
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About the Company: Hot Sassy Designs is a video production and Graphic design company. We produce Book Trailers for Authors and Writers. Book Trailers are an excellent way to attract potential readers. We take our client’s ideas and transform them into something amazing.
“We started out just creating wedding videos for Newly Weds. Then we started to expand and we started connecting with aspiring writers and self-published authors looking for videos. We were able to meet a lot of writers looking for help promoting their books. So we started creating Book Trailers. Book Trailers are similar to movie trailers, they both give the same effect when attracting potential customers.”
Staff/Employees: 5 individuals in Video production team.
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“We use Social Media Outlets like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to promote our Company. Sometimes we network with other promotional companies or businesses that promote for us.”
Inquiry Information: Once signed up we email our clients our requirements for creating a Book Trailer. Clients must provide the book cover, music they would like included, pictures, and a concept for their Trailer. If you don’t have any ideas for your Trailer, we use snippets from your book to come up with ideas.
Owner Dee Smith thoughts on the future of the company and expansion, “In the next five years I would like for my company to grow tremendously. I would like to have a team of 500 and a client list of 1 billion. I like to dream big!”
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During the happiest time of her life, Selene’s past returns to haunt her. She made some mistakes in her youth, but paid the price and spent seven years toeing the line and working hard to accomplish her goals when others would have given up. Finally, she has everything she had ever wanted, a magical life with the perfect husband, adorable daughter, and successful career. All achieved by consciously developing her higher self and following the laws of the Universe.
Then one day an unexpected letter arrives–one that jeopardizes everything she has worked so hard to achieve, and which has the power to destroy it all.
Deportation. The United States plans to forcibly remove her from her family, her friends and her way of life. Numb with shock and grief, she struggles to apply the principles of faith that have stood her in good stead over the years. Even though this problem seems implacable and insurmountable, she finds she is not alone.
Follow Selene’s gut-wrenching ordeal as she faces the heartache and devastation that millions of immigrants and their families suffer every year.
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For the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know the owner of one of the hottest publishing companies today. He’s taken the time to mentor and motivate me personally and professionally. I’ve read his books and watched him lead his team, providing his readers with nothing but the best. I am honored to be able to interview George Sherman Hudson and allow my readers to get to know his story…
George Sherman Hudson, CEO of G Street Chronicles
George’s story does not start when he was in school. It doesn’t start when he was a young boy and had the drive and excitement to write a book; George decided to write a book while doing time in prison. After finishing the book, he decided to learn the publishing process and publish his own book instead of going through the submission process. “I was misquoted in a past interview saying I submitted work to Triple Crown and some other publisher, but that never happened. I never submitted work to anyone. I studied the industry and launched my own company,” George says.
G Street Chronicles has been in business since 2009. Over the past 2 ½ years, G Street Chronicles has become one of the major publishing houses. There is no Urban Fiction reader that has not read at least one G Street Chronicles book.
Starting a company is never easy. However, George took the necessary steps to get G Street off the ground. I asked him what he did to get the company up and rolling. “I started this company with money I had before incarceration and a friend’s cash infusion. I started this company while in prison, so it was no easy task. I lost $18,000 because of my ignorance of the industry which, back then, wasn’t big on the booming eBook trend that’s going on now, so it was very difficult to recover from such a huge loss. But, I didn’t let that stop me.”
When it was finally time for George to sign his first author, he says he was a little nervous because he was holding this person’s dream in his hands. “It felt good to sign my first author but, at the same time, I was a little nervous because I really didn’t know the business from top to bottom and at that point, I’d taken on the responsibility of being in charge of this person’s dream.”
With George being the head of one of the most successful publishing companies, his talent, drive and motivation caused many authors to want to sign with him and be a part of the G Street Team.
George is not only a publisher, he’s an author as well. Ever since George has decided to mentor me, we have very good conversations. One conversation George had with me was funny, but professional. I’d decided that I wanted George to be featured on PEN’Ashe Magazine, but I said I wanted to feature him as an author and then do a cover story and feature him as a CEO. He quickly said…and he says this to me often, “Come on now, Dominique.” Then he proceeded to say, “I am a CEO first, then an author. You have to interview me as a CEO and then interview as an author.” I laughed, but I got it. This shows just how professional this man is.
In the interview, I asked George how he juggles being an author and a publisher. He said, “It’s not hard. I’m really more of a publisher than an author, but handling both is not hard at all. I make sure I’m a publisher first because it wouldn’t be fair to all the authors who have signed. They signed their contract to be represented by a publisher, not an author.” I believe this is something every author must take to heart when they decide to publish with someone. The publisher must care about who they are publishing.
While George is the CEO of G Street Chronicles, the company is also run with his COO, Shawna A, handling the operations alongside him. George tells me that his biggest struggle was dealing with the day-to-day issues while incarcerated. He says that Shawna has been a big help in helping the company grow over the years.
The publishing industry is booming nowadays and just about anyone can write and publish a book. I asked George his opinion of today’s publishing industry. “The industry today is internet driven. Authors today don’t have to get out in the streets to sell books. With the booming social networks, internet bookselling has changed. Now authors can sell millions of books from the comforts of their homes without ever stepping a foot outside. The industry is wide open and now everyone who wants to be an author and/or publisher is diving in but, believe me, only the real ones will be left standing in this saturated market.”
Just as easily as it is to write and publish a book, the same eagerness is put into becoming a publisher, just about anyone can do it. But is that really true? I asked George where he thought many publishers fall short. “Many publishers fall short by not producing quality products, putting out poorly written and unedited books with no substance. Also, being less than professional when dealing with publishing issues is not a good look when you’re supposed to be a business owner representing a brand and others associated with your brand.”
With there being so many publishing companies to choose from, I asked George what made G Street different. So many publishers can slap a logo on a book and call it a day. George explained what make G Street different, “G Street Chronicles is nothing like the rest. This company was started in my quest for freedom and has become one of the top publishing houses in the game in a span of only two years. With Shawna A. handling operations alongside me, we gained major distribution, acquired major accounts, signed numerous authors, connected with people in the film/music industry and basically…we have risen to a whole different level. We have created a strong brand and have achieved what we set out to do…become a household name.”
In order for G Street to be a household name, there has so be something behind each book that pushes the reader to want to indulge in this company and then to want to come back repeatedly. George says his motivation is to please the reader and provide them with a source of entertainment. He says different books will give different results. Some will read to escape their daily lives, some will read to add excitement, and some will read to relax. “I want them to get from the books whatever they are looking for. End result…satisfaction.”
Marketing and promotion is one of the most important areas of being an author and publisher that one must master, but it takes time and trial and error. I asked George what marketing tools have been effective for his team. “I can’t say that any one thing has been the most effective. What has worked for me and Shawna is constant and consistent marketing in various areas at the same time. When our TV commercial was running, we were still on our social networks. We don’t stop one thing to try another, so for us, all marketing tools work as a ‘team’.”
George’s tips and advice for self-published authors or authors who want to start publishing their own work: “DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Don’t jump into this business thinking you know everything without doing your research. You will be swallowed up by the sharks in no time. With everything you do, it takes time, so take the time to understand the process and the business before you put your time and money into it. If it’s your dream, go for it, but do it with knowledge and chances of success are greater.”
Since I have been in this business, George has been one of the most honest, reliable and motivational professionals I have dealt with. I’ve come across people who wouldn’t return emails or simply wouldn’t deal with me because of what I do and what I am capable of accomplishing. He’s the first person I can truly say that has mentored me and I take his words to heart…all of them! As a reader, author and professional, I am looking forward to what George and G Street has to offer the public. 2014 is the year of success. I believe that G Street will exceed and expand on many levels.
G Street Chronicles in 2014: “Expansion! We’ve already announced five imprint companies, signed several new authors-even one from the UK and we have several major announcements that I can’t reveal yet. We will continue to give our readers the books they have become accustomed to and honestly, Dominique…Shawna and I have so many things planned that the best way to answer this is…STAY TUNED!”
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SO HE HURT YOU NOW WHAT? by Nicole Cleveland
Paperback: 104 pages
Publisher: DocUmeant Publishing (January 1, 2010)
Genre: Christian Non-Fiction, Inspirational
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About The Book
So He Hurt You, Now What? – Messages of Hope for a Hurting Sister is a series of short messages to encourage, uplift and inspire you. Think of a daily message you would send a friend that’s at a very low place in their life. Her husband or boyfriend just left her or she just found out of his betrayal. She’s in shock and kinda frozen….unable to move forward.
We need a voice in our ear that says… Hey Girl – You are going to make it… You are NOT alone… Let me help you get out of this pit you are currently in because you can’t stay there.
In the midst of our storm or “pity party” we need someone that’s not gonna play with us. Somebody that has no other motive but to see us be happy.
That is what you’ll get from – So He Hurt You, Now What? - Messages of Hope for a Hurting Sister
Meet The Author
She has helped thousands of women extract purpose from the pain they’ve endured. She has a heart for those on the verge of giving up, like she once was. Her ministry and personal mission is to ensure people are not suffering in silence.
In 2010 she released her debut book, “So He Cheated, Now What?”, her personal testimony of overcoming an affair in her marriage; an affair that produced a child.
God is the steady rock that stays consistent in her life. Without God, nothing she does would be possible.
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When Maurice is sent on an extended mission to retrieve missing information from his organization’s former employee; he finds himself falling in love with her. She try to keep her relationship with him strictly sexual, but finds herself drawn to him as well.
Not realizing Maurice is sent to kill her, she allows her love for him take control and let down her guard. She refuses to listen to
the warnings her family gives her about her love for Maurice, as well as his intentions. She instead rebels and accepts him with his
flaws, his cheating ways, his sexual appetite and his commitment to her girlfriend–his wife. Although he is unhappy in his marriage,
he is reluctant to stay for the sake of his children. He begins to lose focus on his mission because of his love for his target. After the
death of one of their rival organization’s members, things begin to change. Secrets are revealed, things turn upside down. Maurice finds himself caught between his job, his hatred for his wife, his love for his children, his love of sex with all of his women, and his love for his mistress. Faced with the reality he is still on a mission to kill his mistress, he finds himself in a…Dilemma.
He could still smell her: the soft, sweet scent of her perfume over the smell of a freshly bathed body. Her hair was slightly wet from her bath. Her skin was smooth, silky, and soft to the touch. He ran his hands down her nicely toned body, firmly caressing her ass. He could feel her lips gliding about his body as though he tasted like the sweetest piece of liquid filled candy dripping from her lips. She could not get enough of his body on her lips. She licked his chest and nibbled on his nipples. She ran her tongue down his stomach and then to the top of his dick. The need to taste him overtook her, and she became wet with the anticipation of him sliding his dick deep inside her. She kissed and licked his body even more aggressively. Her hands moved about him softly, caressing every erotic part of him. As she gripped his chest and licked his earlobe, he let out a soft moan. She whispered in his ear, “I want this, Maurice.”
The warmth of her naked body next to his aroused him almost to the point of ejaculation. He became eager to feel her wetness all over him. She moved her leg across his body in order to rub it against his hard dick. He whispered back, “I’m all yours, Dr. Aiden.”
His heart rate began to increase as he prepared to flip her over and spread her legs wide, shaking with the thought of sliding into her, and then he…woke up to a slap to the face. “Who in the hell is Dr. Aiden?” his wife asked.
Maurice abruptly woke from a dream that nearly took him to ejaculation pleasure, only to see his wife, Bevelyn, staring at him as though she would remove an organ if he did not have the right response. Her eyes were red from anger, her hair was falling into her face, and her fists were balled up. He attempted to get out of the bed because of his awkward erection, and she pushed him back. She slapped him again. “I asked you a damn question: who in the hell is she?”
Maurice explained that he did not know the name Dr. Aiden outside of the dream he was having. His wife was not convinced by his explanation. He jumped out of bed, using his hand as a guard over his dick. She sat in bed watching him as he stumbled to the bathroom.
New York City native Lae’Zriah Justice is an emerging erotica author. She was raised in various parts of the United States and abroad. Faced with dramatic situations in her life as a young child, she began to use writing as her escape out of the situations. She holds a Bachelors in Business Administration and a Masters in Human Resources. She is the first of four children, a devoted mother, and the author of her debut book, Dilemmas (Part 1)
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What genre are your books? What draws you to this genre?
My books are erotica. I enjoy erotica because I can be a very sexual person and I love spontaneity. Those two characteristics about myself drew me to the erotica genre. I like to think and do things where others do not think of or rarely think of which are displayed in my books. Some feedback I receive is about how realistic the intimate scenes are but those scenes are more realistic than one would think. At least they are in my world.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
My work depends on what I am writing. I have never used an outline but I always have to have a plot. The plot comes to mind before anything else does and I build on that. Sometimes, the plot may change but the ideas flow from the plot. In some cases, I have actually drawn the floor plan of the character’s homes, their office setting and even their vehicles just to visualize what I am trying to write. In other cases, I have just keep the thoughts in mind as I write.
Do you ever experience the dreaded writer’s block? If so, do you have any tips on how to get through the block?
Yes I do. The first time I experienced it, I had no clue what it was and was online looking up what was wrong with me. I still have had a little issue with writers block but I am realizing that it is coming from things that go on in my life. I am a very busy person and I wear many hats. I have learned to step back and get myself together in order for the ideas to flow. My way of working through the blocks may not work for everyone but the first thing I do is try to write through the block. Even if it is just a sentence a day. I also take more personal time out to unwind with soft music, candles and just a sip of wine (because I am not a drinker). I exclude everything from social media to a television when I unwind.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
There will be some who love your work and some who do not. Of course I love a good review but I welcome all truthful reviews. I am very new at being an author and I do not expect to grab everyone’s attention however, those that I do grab, if they feel that there is something missing or something is not right, I welcome those comments because I can learn from them to help me become a better author.
What are your views on social media for marketing?
I believe social media can have a positive impact, if it is marketed correctly. Millions of people use social media on a daily basis. I know for myself, there are certain products, restaurants and even books I probably never would have heard about if it weren’t for the person or company advertising on a social medial outlet. Repetition is also important in social marketing because when a person notices the same item or product repeatedly, they are much more inclined view the ad.
Are you currently working on any projects?
I am currently working on a book called Tangled. Is about a woman who has some psychological issues which has her perceptions of things not exactly accurate. However she is somewhat clueless about her real situations. She has the ideal marriage, and a very unhappy, devious best friend. Her past begins to catch up with her when she feels betrayed and commits some unthinkable acts. Tangle has a lots of twists and turn in this book, a little like Dilemmas but it has a different pace. Tangled should be out by the summer. I am also working on Dilemmas Part 2 which should be out by summer as well.
Do you have any advice for potential authors seeking to publish their first book?
The only advice I can give is to make sure you are doing it because you are passionate about it not merely because of monetary gain. Once you realize you want to write because it is deeply rooted in your heart then DO IT!
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