Monday, July 25, 2011

Caught Up by Earl Sewell, Audio Excerpt

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 Bestselling Author
 Earl Sewell
Author of Keysha's Drama Delivers with Caught Up

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"A straight-no-chaser coming of age tale." 

Caught Up


--Tracy Price Thompson 


In the 80s, acceptance and popularity

meant everything...


Theron's world gets turned upside down when his family moves from the inner city to the suburbs. What is supposed to be a change for the b

etter becomes his worst nightmare. His new neighborhood is populated by spoiled rich kids who don't like outsiders.



Then Theron meets Millhouse, a social reject who befriends him, but their camaraderie does not come without sacrifice.


Just when Theron thinks he'll never be cool with the popular kids, he discovers that he's a gifted athlete with star power, and is willing to do whatever it takes, to bring a champion ship trophy to his school. But acceptance and popularity may cost him more than he bargained for.



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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Favorite Author News: News From @DonnaHill Newsletter #ww

Every once in while I like to say thank you and highlight authors I've enjoyed to read over the years.

Ms Donna has always been a delight to my eyeballs and brain whenever I open one of her novels, plus this last week, she's given me mad love on her blog during my Free Friday's promo on my website.

Check out her newsletter and definitely check out her books to enjoy them just as much a I do!

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Dear Friends!

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I don't know about you all but it is hot up in here!!! Whew. The east coast is having a serious heatwave--which also happens to be the title of the current summer anthology that my story Summer Fever is included in. (hint, hint). 


Of course with this being beach and barbecue weather, its always great to be able to pull out a great read, pick up a cool drink and take an inexpensive vacation courtesy of your favorite author. My pick this month is SILVER SPARROW, by Tayari Jones.


I love the summer for several reasons: both of my daughters are born during the summer and my grandson will be 16 today!  Happy birthday Mahlik!  And I celebrate my happy, happy in August as well.

And this is my last semester in grad school!!! Woo Hoo.  Coming down the home stretch and finishing up by thesis. I was thrilled to learn that an excerpt of it is included in Hampton University's Freshman Writing Handbook!  


I want to thank all of you who donated to the Leslie Esdaile Banks fund. As you know, Leslie is gravely ill battling adrenal cancer.  All of your prayers and most certainly your contributions to her astronomical medical costs are welcome.


My very talented right hand--Tina--was instrumental in revamping my Facebook Fanpage . So when you have a minute, please stop by and "LIKE" me.  Pretty please.  Plenty of fun things over there, books discussions, excerpts, and updates.


As many of you know, Harlequin is reissuing ALL of my Arabesque titles with hot new covers.  If you missed any of them the first time around, have lost your copy--or heavens forbid you LOANED it to someone and never got it back, be on the look out as they hit the shelves.


For those of you who like really hot and sexy, my collection of three erotic and wickedly dark short stories After Midnight is now available as a Kindle e-book and  soon in paperback. ($3.99) Instant download.

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Sistahfriend Book Club   



Mission  SistahFriend Book Club, est. 2004 in South Carolina, is a platform which promotes African-American literature and women empowerment.  They meet in intimate groups to discuss monthly readings as well as women's issues and family and professional topics.  Their goal is to create an environment of lively discussion and relaxation, and to build lifelong friendships.


Vision  Their hope is to remain a reputable source of promotion and support for African-American literature by authors of various cultural backgrounds and to build intimate discussion groups everywhere, appreciating and discussing quality literature as well as the power of unity among women.


About  The SistahFriend Book Club is a live and online reading and networking group for women that focuses on reading and discussing books by or about African-Americans and promoting unity through women empowerment and fellowship. Founded in November 2004 by Tasha Martin, the sisterhood began with four members in Columbia, SC. Once a month, members bond as sisters and discuss literary works in intimate settings.

In March of 2007, the SFBC opened its membership online, adding an interactive dimension to its Web site, . Online features include: book reviews, literary and women spotlights, and author and reader chats for both readers and writers to stay connected. The group also publishes an online ezine  to highlight authors and women leaders in the community.




Heat WaveHeat Wave


Summer Fever by Donna Hill

Nina Forbes is excited to house sit in the Hamptons-but her handsome neighbor, Barbados native Ian Harrison, excites her even more. Soon the two are sharing conversation, kisses...and sizzling sleepovers. Ian promises to keep in touch after he returns home in the fall. But as the days pass, Nina fears their passion was just summer fever...  


One Hot Summer by Niobia Bryant

After a high-profile divorce, event planner Simone "Love" Lovey swears off dating famous people...until sexy star athlete Maleek Trenton enters her life. Their romance is bliss, but Love again finds herself amid paparazzi, groupies-and calls from a woman who claims she's involved with Maleek, and has intimate details to prove it...


Too Hot To Handle by Zuri Day

Choice McKinley gets stuck in an elevator during a blackout, on the hottest July 4th ever. That she's locked in with gorgeous Trey Scott only adds to the heat. Soon, relief from the high temperature requires clothing removal and sultry kisses. But Trey doesn't know Choice is his boss's off-limits daughter-and Choice doesn't know Trey is a wanted man. All that will come after the doors open to reality... --This text refers to the Kindle edition.





Aug. 2011


Distrustful following the breakup of her unhappy marriage, Terri Powers turns her attention becoming an independent woman and building a successful advertising agency, until, despite her best intentions, she is drawn to gorgeous, strong-willed businessman Clinton Steele. Original. --This text refers to the paperback edition.









LegacyLegacy of Love
Sept. 2011


Zoe Beaumont comes from a family whose history  is steeped in myth and folklore. Zoe, however, only deals in reality. As curator for African American art at the legendary High Museum in Atlanta, she is focused on her career, not on the legacy that  her family predicts will come to pass on her thirtieth birthday. But she can't deny the powerful, sexy dreams that grow stronger every day; dreams of a man whose face she cannot see, but body and hands that she can feel.


Jackson Treme, left his hometown and his old life in Louisiana behind to start over in Atlanta. Only his sister knew his real reason for leaving, what drew him to Atlanta. Settling into his new job as Professor at Clarke-Atlanta, Jackson knew that it was only a matter of time before he found what he'd come to Atlanta to seek.


Their meeting was inevitable.  Their passion undeniable. But old loves, doubts, an age-old unanswered questions stand between them and forever. As Zoe's birthday draws closer she must look deep within her heart, listen to her spirit and choose legacy or love. 

Silver Sparrow 

Tayari Jones   


A coming-of-age story of sorts, Jones's melodramatic latest (after The Untelling) chronicles the not-quite-parallel lives of Dana Lynn Yarboro and Bunny Chaurisse Witherspoon in 1980s Atlanta. Both girls-born four months apart-are the daughters of James Witherspoon, a secret bigamist, but only Dana and her mother, Gwen, are aware of his double life. This, Dana surmises, confers "one peculiar advantage" to her and Gwen over James's other family, with whom he lives full time, though such knowledge is small comfort in the face of all their disadvantages. Perpetually feeling second best, 15-year-old Dana takes up with an older boy whose treatment of her only confirms her worst expectations about men. Meanwhile, Chaurisse enjoys the easy, uncomplicated comforts of family, and though James has done his utmost to ensure his daughters' paths never cross, the girls, of course, meet, and their friendship sets their worlds toward inevitable (and predictable) collision. Set on its forced trajectory, the novel piles revelation on revelation, growing increasingly histrionic and less believable. For all its concern with the mysteries of the human heart, the book has little to say about the vagaries of what motivates us to love and lie and betray. (May)


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Friday, July 15, 2011

5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Mitzi Szereto, author of Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts from @joeypinkney

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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Mitzi Szereto, author of Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts
(Cleis Press)
Regency prose meets sexual mayhem meets historical parody in Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts. The entire cast of characters is here, caught with their breeches unbuttoned and their skirts raised high in this rewrite that goes all the way – and then some! Mr. Darcy has never been more devilish and the seemingly chaste Elizabeth never more turned on.
In this no-holds-barred account, men are not necessarily the only dominating sex. This time, Mr. Bingley and his sister both have designs on Mr. Darcy’s manhood; Elizabeth’s dear friend Charlotte marries their family’s strange relation, discovering that her husband’s pious nature extends to worship of a different sort; and, in this telling, Lady Catherine de Bourgh takes the disciplining of those in the parish very seriously.

As for the handsome Mr. Wickham, he’s wickeder than ever! And of course there’s plenty of good old-fashioned bodice ripping that shows no pride or prejudice and reveals hot hidden lusts in every scandalous page-turning chapter. This is the book Jane Austen would have written, if only she’d had the nerve!

JP: What sets Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts apart from other books in the same genre? 

MS: I’m glad you asked me this question. Of course, with a novel as popular as the original Pride and Prejudice, you’re going to get a lot of writers taking inspiration from it and doing their own versions. Because of this, I wanted to make absolutely certain that my book was not like anyone else’s.
On the surface, it would be very quick to dismiss it as just another “sexed-up Austen” (and a few naysayers have already done so without, I might add, even having read it!) Well, dismiss at your peril. Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts is historical parody, Regency romance, erotica, and satire. It’s the mashup of all mashups. And most of all, it’s a whole lot of fun!

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts getting out to the public?

MS: I never leave things in the lap of the gods. I am very pro-active. You have to be in this business. You can’t count on publishers to push your work or spend money on promotion. Sure, they do it to some extent, but they have other books to sell, not just yours. They may have limited budgets, or else budgets that are spent more so on a handful of books and authors.
The burden falls on you, the author, to make people aware of your work and hopefully get them excited enough to actually buy it. I realized this fact a long time ago. The reality is, who cares about your book more than you do? You can’t live in some airy-fairy writerly world. The Renaissance ended a long time ago.

JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts?

MS: My writing process is not any cookie-cutter kind of thing. I don’t lock myself away in a room for 14 hours and write. I suspect authors who claim they do this are either fibbing or else they spend the majority of those 14 hours chewing on a pencil rather than doing any actual writing!
I myself tend to work on several things at the same time, such as social media, replying to emails that need replying to, etc. So I’ll bounce back and forth between all this and my writing. I will say that even if I’m not anywhere near my writing (such as at the gym or out buying groceries) my brain is busy with the process of it, and I’ll find that I can get things resolved in my head regarding a plot or character issue, or the development of a scene, even when I’m not working on the manuscript itself. I occasionally scribble things down on errant bits of paper or a post-it note to incorporate later. I don’t keep a notebook or journal though. Basically my head is my filing cabinet.
Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts had a rather short deadline of only a few months, so I had to really get my backside in gear to write it – but write it in such a way and to such a standard that I myself was happy with it. I pretty much went underground for this book. I rarely went out anywhere, other than to the gym or to buy provisions to sustain my life.

JP: What’s next for Mitzi Szereto?

MS: I’ve recently completed a new book, an anthology of short stories featuring several authors, myself included. It’s called Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance. The book is very much inspired by the Gothic tradition in literature, and is chock full of the paranormal, not to mention the erotic. I’m extremely pleased to have Kelley Armstrong writing the foreword. The title will be out in September 2011 – right in time for Halloween!
I’m also working on four other books, which are in various stages of development. I never discuss my works-in-progress, so you won’t get any more out of me on this! Aside from books, I continue to write at my blog “Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szereto’s Weblog” as well as keep the word out about my Web TV channel Mitzi TV. I guess it’s safe to say that I’m always up to something!
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