Blog Tours with Victoria Christopher Murray

 

Biography

VCM BannerVictoria Christopher Murray always knew she would become an author, even as she was taking an unlikely path to that destination. A native of Queens, Victoria first left New York to attend Hampton University where she majored in Communication Disorders. After graduating, Victoria attended New York University where she received her MBA.

Victoria originally self published her first novel, Temptation and in 2000, Time Warner published that novel. Temptation made numerous best sellers list and remained on the Essence bestsellers list for nine consecutive months. In 2001, Temptation was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in Outstanding Literature.

Since Temptation, Victoria has written fifteen other adult novels, including: JOY, Grown Folks Business, The Ex Files, The Deal, the Dance and the Devil, her newest novel, Never Say Never and the popular Jasmine Cox Larson Bush series.  In 2012, Victoria joined ReShonda Tate Billingsley to write two collaborations, Sinners and Saints, and Friends and Foes which pits Victoria’s Jasmine character against Rachel Adams, a first lady created by ReShonda.

Victoria has received numerous awards including the Golden Pen Award for Best Inspirational Fiction and the Phyllis Wheatley Trailblazer Award for being a pioneer in African American Fiction.  Since 2007, Victoria has won six African American Literary Awards for best novel, best Christian fiction and Author of the Year – Female.  Her 2013 NAACP Image Award nomination for Destiny’s Divas was her second Image Award nomination.

In 2008, Victoria’s first novels in her Christian fiction teen series – The Divine Divas – were published and were optioned to become a television series.  She is currently in negotiations for her novel, The Ex Files, to become a movie.

With over one million books in print, Victoria is one of the country’s top African American contemporary authors.

Along with Best Selling Author, ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Victoria is also  the cofounder of Brown Girl Publishing.

 

Excerpt

forever and exThree Los Angeles women who’ve helped each other overcome heartbreak are reunited eight years later when their troublesome exes come back into the picture in this follow up to Victoria Christopher Murray’s bestselling novel The Ex Files.

Sheridan, Kendall, and Asia first bonded when they met seven years ago at a church prayer support group and now, their friendship has blossomed into a strong sisterhood. They’ve helped each other through the tragedies of their breakups and together, they’ve celebrated their triumphs. But now, their exes are back, wreaking havoc on lives they’ve work so hard to rebuild.

Sheridan has found love again after her ex-husband left her for a man. But old wounds are reopened when her ex-husband appears with his fiancée—a woman! And all of Sheridan’s insecurities and doubts come rushing back. Kendall’s former husband is now married to Kendall’s sister, Sabrina. And though Kendall has refused to interact with either one in the last seven years, she’s forced to reunite with Sabrina when their father is diagnosed with cancer. Asia has done her best to move away from her married boyfriend, a former star with the LA Lakers. But when they share a kiss, old desires are rekindled and Asia decides that it’s time for her and Bobby Johnson to get back together again.

With her trademark writing that “has the kind of momentum that prompts you to elbow disbelief aside and flip the pages in horrified enjoyment” (The Washington Post), Forever an Ex is Murray’s best novel yet.

 

 

 

 

Getting To KNow

Author and Publisher

Victoria Christopher murray

 

QWHAT 3 PERSONAL QUALITIES ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU?

  1.  Honesty, integrity, loyalty.
  2.  When someone shows you who they are – believe them!
Q. WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO OR MAXIM?
 

 

Book Links

http://authors.simonandschuster.co.uk/Victoria-Christopher-Murray/28279517

http://www.amazon.com/Victoria-Christopher-Murray/e/B001IO9LP2

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forever-an-ex-victoria-christopher-murray/1117313601?ean=9781476748856

 

Contact

http://www.victoriachristophermurray.com/

browngirlspublishing.com

@VictoriaECM

https://www.facebook.com/…Victoria-Christopher-Murray…/261094908…‎

AAMBC Blog Tours with Tahnee

cover 4Not quite a memoir, but including personal internal issues, the writer chooses to use several animated short stories to describe the different phases of the Black Woman’s life. Thoughts of a Twenty Something Year Old “The Very Essence of Me” is the first book included in a series written from the perspective of well…a twenty something year old black woman. From toxic relationships with both insignificant others and parents, to identity crisis’ and motherhood, each fictional story is written to provoke thoughts of careful self evaluation within each reader. Like life in general, some of the stories and commentary are given remedies from both spiritual and practical aspects, and some are simply left opened ended thus creating a shock effect; but all are tied together with a single touch of advice in between each passage from an anonymous “Wise Woman” as titled who possesses a motherly (or grandmother to younger ladies) type of spirit.
Excerpt from Book:
A Wise Woman one told me, “Baby, don’t be a fool. One decision can lead to a lifetime of pain”
He Said He Would Change
A cold rainy night engulfs a beautiful glowing woman whose belly is swollen full of a little boy and right eye closed with pain. She frantically limps towards a small cozy looking house with its porch light on in hopes of finding a safe haven from the man who helped create the child she now carries. Her knocking is not in vain resulting in a wrinkled chestnut brown womananswering the door and ushering her into the safety of her living room.  The nurturing widow of many years wraps the young woman’s wet bare feet in an electric blanket and tries to calm her in order to find out her circumstance but tears and wailing is all that could be produced. While shivers and shakes control the movement of her body, the battered woman recites over and over, “He said he would change.” Ten months prior to this devastating night, the sweet natured receptionist had made a decision to let her one weakness filter back into her life. Instead of heading to her sister’s advice and ignoring every love letter that her then imprisoned ex boyfriend sent, she chose to embrace and believe the never ending poetry and promises. Thoughts of their prior experiences, the nights of beatings and days of stalking, were simply just pushed to the back of her memory. The seductive yet sweet lines of his handwriting were too good to let pass. Convincing and deceiving all in the same, each letter led a trail to her tender heart which was ready to receive her changed lover. Within the next few weeks her newly changed beau was released from prison and instantly set up a home within her one bedroom apartment. He said he would change, and for the first month he did just that. The once abusive thug became a sensitive romantic man ready to build a life and family with his eye on the prize of fulfillment. Life for the couple was lived in perfect harmony and a month thereafter the news of a new addition was discovered via a home pregnancy test. He was ecstatic; she was overjoyed, they were together in bliss and wedding plans immediately followed. Things suddenly took a sharp turn as soon as morning sickness set in for the newly impregnated bride-to be. Her fiancé’ began to express his dislikes in everything from how she cooked to the way she made the bed. Character assassination from his end to hers soon then transformed into outright blows to her face and swift kicks to her growing tummy. Weeks grew into months with night after night of alcohol driven abuse until one stormy evening when she began to scheme her escape route. As soon as his fist met the side of her face for the second time that night, she swiftly withdrew her grandfather’s switchblade which he had taught her to maneuver with precision as a teenager, from her bra and connected the sharpest end to his neck. Leaving him bleeding on the bedroom floor, she fled without shoes, a purse, or even a jacket to protect her from the bitter winter temperature. The faster she ran the faster the thoughts and regrets raced through her head. Never did she ever suspect that her honest life would turn out in this mess, she was a preachers kid. Why didn’t she listen to her sister and do what her heart knew was right? How could she be so foolish? Would her child have to be raised without her do to a possible capital murder charge? The pain numbs her mind as the unfamiliar but kind old woman escorts her into her home out of the rain as she whispers, “He said he would change.”
tjones headshotTahnee Jones was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma until the age of eleven when her family relocated to Dallas, TX. Her passion for writing has lingered since the tender age of seven years old when she first decided to write poetry and songs, following in the footsteps of her father. Throughout her childhood she was praised by teachers for her literary work but never entered an actually contest until her sophomore year in high school where she won a bronze medal for her poetry in the NAACP ACT-SO competition. In the same competition the next school year, she again was rewarded a bronze medal for her poetry. After encountering some life altering experiences for the worse at the age of seventeen, writing was put on the backburner until she decided to pursue a rap career two years later. The harsh lyrics she wrote from her heart began to take negative effects on her personality as she transformed into someone even her own mother could no longer recognize. Just a few months into her new career, upon finding out she was with child, Ms. Jones knew a decision had to be made between being a stable mother for her child, or continuing in a reckless lifestyle. She chose her child, then shortly after chose to live completely for God leaving everything in her past behind. Just a year after being committed to salvation she was recruited to be a columnist for an internet magazine geared towards Christian teens and continued to contribute until the magazine discontinued. She also worked as a monthly columnist for B.L.O.G. (Beautiful Ladies of Grace) Magazine, her column “Dating for the Cause” focused on being able to maintain integrity while courting in a Christian relationship. Currently Ms. Jones is a contributing writer for Beautifully Said Magazine as well as a monthly columnist for Mane Dame Magazine which is based out of Dallas, TX.  She also serves as Chief of Editorials over the Agape World Harvest International organization as well as organizes several women’s events under the umbrella of Greater Victory Love Outreach Ministries also known as VLOM.  Her time now is devoted being on her post as a youth minister, public speaking, writing novels, and remaining the best mother she can be to her daughter. Inspired by first and foremost the Holy Spirit, she also attributes her inspiration to being a young single mother coming out of the secular world having to stand flat footed for righteousness.
Get to know Tahnee:
  1. What are your favorite topics to write about? My favorite topics to write about would be dealing with emotional issues as a woman because I went through so much in my late teens and early twenties mentally. I always aim to impact women by sharing the wisdom that was given to me by my spiritual leader and God Himself so that they may be able to overcome as well!
  2. So you freelance; why do you enjoy writing for different magazines? I absolutely LOVE writing for different magazine because it gives me the opportunity to impart what I stand for to different audiences. I have been told that I have a gift of being very personable and relatable with my articles and that’s my goal.
  3. How did Thoughts of a 20 Something Year Old come about? Thoughts of a 20 Something Year Old basically started as a blog called “The Essence of Me” in which I developed short stories and posted thoughts in the form of narratives. The purpose of the blog was to provoke black women in thought concerning decisions they may be facing as well as developing an appreciation for being a black woman. One day after a few months I just decided to take it all the way and develop sequels, prequels, and some even “three-quels” as I call them along with extra commentary to help give remedies to the problems in question.
  4. What can we look forward to in terms of the sequel and other projects connected with this book? I’m actually working on the sequel to my book as of right now and aim to have it released by early 2015. Basically, this next book will be from a more mature perspective because I’m older and know how to better handling things. The things I basically whined about in this book with be conquered with a positive mindset in the next. Also, I plan on doing spin-offs of a few stories in “The Essence of Me” which would give the reader the WHOLE background leading up to the dramatic event that takes place in the short story.
  5. So who exactly is the “Wise Woman” as stated so many times throughout the book? The “ Wise Woman” in the book is designed to relate to the reader as any older grand-motherly type figure they might have had in their lives no matter if she was blood related or not. Personally mine is my godmother who is an old church mother (but young in spirit!) who has walked a life of faith and has an unbelievable testimony herself. Most of the quotes are actually the quotes which came from her mouth to my ears many days throughout my twenty-something life. I truly thank God for her!
  6. What is your expectation for the reader’s behalf? The one expectancy that I have for my readers is that they be able to personally relate to at least a few of the characters in one way or another. I desire that many root issues that cause us to stumble in our minds as young women be exposed and dealt with so that we be free!
  7. Can we get a sneak peek of a few topics we will reading about specifically? A few topics featured are of course broken relationships with a man, eating disorders, premature sex, depression as a young mother, and much more!
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Blog Tours with Altonya Washington

337210AlTonya Washington has been a published romance novelist for 10 years. In 2013, her Harlequin Kimani novel “His Texas Touch” won the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Series Romance of 2012. In addition to being an author, AlTonya also works as a college Reference Librarian. Writing as T. Onyx, AlTonya released her latest erotica “Ravenous: Ruler of Perfection II” in 2013.
Her newest title with Harlequin Kimani is “Provocative Passion” nominated for an AMB Ovation Award for Outstanding Interracial Romance and the sequel to the January 2013 release “Provocative Territory”. In November she will release “A Lover’s Debt”, the 17th title in the Ramsey Tesano saga.

 

Blurb

Icia Graham’s love affair with Rakim Transou had the makings of a fairy tale romance with the happily ever after ending, until the night of Rakim’s college graduation party. For Icia, it was the night her life was forever changed. So desperate to escape the horrific memories she’d suddenly been saddled with, Icia left school and the man she loved. The years passed and; in that time, both Rakim and Icia reached goals that carried them to the heights of success. For Rakim it was a powerful advertising agency that brought him a respected and revered name in the business. Icia’s accomplishment was a bit darker, but no less revered and she had no desire to revisit the past and be tortured by thoughts of love lost with the only man she’d ever wanted. A series of events however, would bring Icia right back to where she swore she’d never return. Once more Rakim Transou was back in her life and she was simultaneously overjoyed and distraught. How could she start anew with the man who still meant everything to her, when there were so many secrets between them? When the need for vengeance on those; who were still very much a part of Rakim’s life, still raged so viciously inside her?

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AlTonya Washington

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I wear many hats, daughter, sister, friend, significant other, librarian, Faculty member author and most importantly MOM!!! Reading, writing, movie watching are a few of my favorite things- I love to cook- but rarely have the time to really get down with it anymore. I also like to read.
  2. What do you do when you are not writing? Reading!! And going to the movies when I can. I spend a lot of time with my son-who I think will be a big movie buff. We adore the superhero genre (is that a genre?) At any rate, I love spending time with him and I just generally try anything that will help me relax my brain-these characters are always talking to me

 

 

 

Contacts

https://twitter.com/Ramseysgirl

https://www.facebook.com/altonyaw

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/337210.AlTonya_Washington

www.lovealtonya.com

 

Blog Tours with Nina Fitzhugh

One winner will be chosen to win a paperback copy of The Christian Writer 101

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Book Title The Christian Writer 101 (Fourth Edition)

Genre: Instructional

About The Book

christian_writer_101parentfourth_edition (1)The Christian Writer 101 (Fourth Edition) is author, Nina Fitzhugh Wells’ updated version of this concise guide to Christian Self-Publishing. Within the pages are step-by-step instructions for writing, publishing and promoting your Christian book. This educational manual offers all you need to make informed choices concerning your publishing focus.

As an update the third edition, it not only boasts the technical and practical pieces, it also extensively covers such topics as: 1) A Complete social media chapter, and 2) Proven marketing and promotions strategies. As well, there are foundational scriptures, wisdom winks, and motivational quotes from literary professionals to further educate and inspire you. This Concise, Precise, Advice Guide is for ALL writers, authors, and self-publishers.

About The Author

photo (5)Nina Fitzhugh Wells has served in education for more than 25 years; in the book publishing business for nearly 15 years; and in the Christian counseling for 10 years. Her calling and passion is for teaching, counseling, and evangelistic outreach. “God has commissioned me to educate and inspire all people; and to offer hope and healing to the lost and hurting,” proclaims Wells, who serve diligently to help others discover, develop, and use their gifts to their highest potential.

A native of Philadelphia, PA, Nina Fitzhugh Wells is a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) student at Walden University in Baltimore, Maryland where her focus is Higher Education and Adult Learning. She earned her Master of Arts Degree in Christian Education from the Union Theological Seminary (Now Union Presbytery Seminary) in Richmond, Virginia; and did her undergraduate studies at the Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania. She is the author of seven books, including her profound autobiography: “Lost FOUNDation: From Foster Care to God’s Heir” (2009), a highly acclaimed top seller. Currently, she is penning her eighth book – a research-based study – entitled: “Emancipation Revelation: An Exploratory View at Resources and Supports for First Year College Students Who Age-Out of Foster Care,” to be published in 2014.

Wells is an ordained evangelist and adult educator who serves as Education Director at Kingdom Publishing Group (KPG), a Christian book publishing and promotions company in Richmond, VA. She is credited with helping a diverse group of authors to birth nearly 300 God-inspired books out to the world. Her ministry, books, and education have afforded her many opportunities to reach and teach multitudes of people from diverse communities. She continues to be in high demand as a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, educator and Christian counselor.

In addition to publishing, teaching, and motivational speaking, Nina Fitzhugh Wells dedicates much of her time to advocating for youth who age-out of the foster care system. She is the Founder and Executive Director at “Excel HIGHER, Inc.” Through this non-profit organization, Nina works closely with local, state and federal agencies, and colleges and universities by offering resources, programming, and finishing workshops to prepare foster youth as they transition from state support to self-sufficiency. In August 2013, she began hosting a radio show entitled: Revelation For Elevation, which serves to bring awareness to the plight of youth who age-out of foster care; as well as promote advocacy.

In July 2010, Nina was inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society for Education. As well, she is a member of the Foster Care Alumni of America (FCAA), the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), and the Independent Book Publishers’ Association (IBPA). As well, she is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA).

Nina currently resides in Virginia; and is married to her best friend, Minister Leon Wells, Jr. She purposes to live each day based on the Philippians 4:8 scripture: “Finally Brethren, whatever is things are true, noble, just, pure, lovely and of a good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.”

 

Social Links

Email:nwells@kingdompublishing.org

Website: http://www.kingdompublishing.org

Facebook page: kpgbooks

Twitter handle: @kingdomp

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AAMBC Blog Tours with Tanya Harris

978-0991022854The Turner cousins were damaged by tragic childhood experiences that no amount of time or therapy could erase. Zakia would always remember the feel of her stepfather’s breath against her skin, Marisa would remember the images of her mother’s bruised face that seemed to never heal and Randi will forever hear the sound of her parent’s rejection.  These embedded memories of pain became the foundation of the protective barriers that framed their adult lives.  It’s not until an unexpected death occurs that they realize that those barriers that were built to protect them from pain, also shielded them from happiness.  As you get to know them, you will sympathize and empathize with their pain, ignite your anger at its source and fall in love with the end results.

Excerpt  

“Hey, Sweetie . . . Kyle.” They are both crazy if they think I’m leaving. Kyla needs to stop tripping. She knows that if I leave now, she’s going to call me right back tonight, crying and begging me to take her back. Been there, done that and not doing it again. I’m just going to sit right here on her steps and finish eating my grapes.

“Keep your hands off of my sister, Marcus!”

“What? Was that supposed to scare me, Kyle? I’m supposed to be scared of you?”

“You don’t have to be scared, but you better not touch her!”

“Kyle, wait. This wasn’t a good idea. Let’s just go.”

What did I say? She doesn’t want me to go.

“You better listen to your sister, Kyle.”

“No, you better listen to me!”

“Or wha—” I KNOW this fool didn’t just sucker punch me.

“The next time you want to fight, pick a man, punk!”

Oh, I got your punk.

“The next time you want to call somebody a punk, make sure he’s not holding a gun.” Uh-huh. He ain’t got nothing to say now. “Yeah . . . big brother ain’t so big now.”

“MARCUS . . . What are you doing?”

Kyla’s scared. Good. Maybe she’ll stop putting other people in our business.

“What was it that I ‘better’ do, Big Brother?”

“You think that gun scares me?”

“SHUT UP, KYLE! Let him go, Marcus!”

“You don’t have to be scared, but you better not hit me again.”

“PLEASE, let him go. Kyle, go home!”

“I’m not leaving you here!”

“Then I guess you’re not leaving.”

“MARCUS, WAIT!”

tanyaTanya Harris is a native of Memphis, Tennessee who currently resides in Snellville, Georgia. She has spent years writing poems and short stories for personal enjoyment and as a therapeutic means of ending her day.  She has a positive outlook on life and believes that life happens to us but we choose how we react to it.  It is this belief that gave birth to Supposedly Broken and allowed it to take on a life of its own.  Tanya is confident that her writing talent is a gift from God and that within this talent lies an opportunity for ministry. Her goal as an Author is to provide a creative means of entertainment that will have a positive impact on the lives of her readers.  The satisfaction felt from knowing that organized words on a page can influence the thoughts and/or actions of others is immeasurable. She loves writing period whether it is poetry, short stories, novels, etc. She has emotional ties to her work not because she can relate to the experiences expressed, but because of the emotions she hears from those who can.

Get to know Tanya:

1.         Why do you write?

I write because I love to do it. It’s where my passion lies.  The ability to write is a seed planted in me by God that I’m obligated to cultivate it and help it grow.

2.         At what age did you discover this passion?

I wrote my first two page short story at age 9 as the result of a fourth grade writing assignment.

3.         If writing is your passion, what prevented you from pursuing it as a career?

Fear. Writing comes from a personal place.  It’s an honest expression of the emotions I feel when I hear about, read about or otherwise become aware of certain situations.  I put my heart into what I write and it’s a challenge for me to put my heart into the hands of my critic.

4.         So now that you seemingly have conquered your fear, what can we expect to see from you in the future?

Currently, I am working on my second novel and I’ve begun an outline for a screenplay.  My third or fourth novel will be a book of poetry. . . Basically, I want to create anything that can be produced as a result of my pen hitting the pad.

5.         What inspires you to write?

I’m inspired by people, music, art, nature . . . pretty much anything that can tell me a story.

6.         Where is your favorite place to write?

I love to write in any place where I can plug in my ear buds and get lost into my music

7.         Is Supposedly Broken a standalone novel or is it a part of a series?

I haven’t decided yet.

Find the author:

https://www.facebook.com/authortanya.harris

https://twitter.com/AuthorTanya

https://about.me/TanyaHarris

authortanya@gmail.com

Purchase link:

http://www.amazon.com/Supposedly-Broken-Delphine-Publications-Presents/dp/0991022858/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398696270&sr=1-1&keywords=supposedly+broken

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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Contact Info:

Email: kacebooksllc@yahoo.com

Twitter: @ramonemarquis

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