Saturday, November 3, 2012

THANKful Reads. . .

Alright, Alright Now--It's Time for #AAMBC to get their groove on!  Add these great reads to your Thanksgiving Holiday Reading Lists!  So sit back, relax and enjoy the words!  Happy Reading!
 



Tears of a Hustler 4 picks up right where Part 3 left off… The Spades are a new powerful organization out to clean up the streets and put an end to drug dealing and crime in the community. The Spades leader, a dangerous man that goes by the name Wolf won t rest until his mission of cleaning up the streets and making the community a nice safe place to live is accomplished, but standing in his way is Pauleena and her deadly crew of killers and dealers. Pauleena is all about her money and could care less about Wolf or The Spades. With each side not willing to budge or come to a compromise a long trail of blood is sure to be left behind once the gun smoke clears… You ve been warned! Join Silk White as he takes you on another ride that you won t forget.

 
Excerpt:

From: Pauleena Diaz
Subject: The Consequences
Date: September 16, 2012
To: Wolf

Wolf I’m going to keep this short and sweet… Fuck you and fuck your consequences… When you see me, you know what to do!

From: Wolf
Subject: You’ve Been Warned
Date: September 16, 2012
To: Pauleena Diaz
You have a real filthy mouth for a woman. I just hope that your bite is as loud as your bark… I’ve asked you nicely to stop slanging poison to my people. You refuse so now me and The Spades will respond accordingly… Ms. Diaz you’ve been warned!

From: Pauleena Diaz
Subject: Fuck You!
Date: September 16, 2012
To: Wolf

Mr. Wolf just by reading your e-mails I can tell that you are a clown and I look forward to running into you. All I ask is that you keep the police out of this… It started in the streets so lets keep it there… This is how I feed my family. This is how all my people feed their families so if you think for one second that I’m going to lay down, you my friend are in for a rude awakening. This is what I do. This is what I been doing and this is what I’m going to continue to do… Like I said, I look forward to running into you Mr. Wolf. Just know there will be shots fired on site…. You’ve been warned!
 
A native of Harlem, New York, Silk White began his writing career in 2006. He is the author of the three part Urban Fiction series Tears of a Hustler and Co-Owner of Good2Go Publishing and Good2Go Films. Silk has No Way Out and Black Barbie as a film credit under Good2Go Films and in his spare time, loves to write and act. He is currently producing a new movie and is hard at work on his next novel.



Interview with Silk White

 1. Tell me about the finale to your critical acclaim trilogy Tears of a Hustler?
This book is the finale to a trilogy that was written 2 years ago. We took our time with releasing part 2&3 to help build up our fan base in between releases. It’s a classic finale that all our loyal fans have been waiting for. I promised I wouldn’t let them down and according to the reviews we have received so far, everyone is happy. Check amazon.

2. What made you decide to start your own publishing company rather than signing with an establish publisher?
Well after Tears of a Hustler PT 1 was released I had several offers on the table, but from a business standpoint it just made more sense to release my titles under my own company. In the short term it’s a lot of work because you have to build your fan base one fan at a time, because you don’t have any distribution. But once you’ve established your brand like we have, you make 100% of the profit. At the rate we’re going we should be one of the biggest independent african american owned publishing companies out there in a few years. We’ve reached over 130,000 households in two years with no help. Right now we have good2go publishing and good2go films our movie Production Company and Third Lane Marketing.

3. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Writing was a natural process for me, growing up in the environment that I grew up in and my life experiences help enhanced my already vivid imagination. My ability to translate my imagination thru writing was a god gifted talent that I discovered when I was going thru unforeseen circumstances.

4. What’s the best thing about being an author?
I really appreciate all the love and support that I get from the fans. They are the ones that keep me motivated. It’s amazing to see all the support that I get from all parts of the country, outside the country also. Shout out to all my UK Fans. I never thought that one day my work would have reached over 70,000 households.

5. What are you working on now?
Well I just wrapped up my 5th book which is slated to be released Nov 25 2011. Its called The Teflon Queen. So be on the look out for that. You can pre-order an autograph copy now from
www.good2gopublishing.com I also just finished shooting my 2nd movie under good2go films its called Black Barbie. The first movie is called No Way Out you can get that at www.good2gofilms.com

6. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
This piece of advice is not just for writers but any aspiring entrepreneurs out there. Especially, the youth coming from underprivileged communities. Sometimes in life we get a bad hand to play with. You have to make the best out of the hand you’re given. The best piece of advice I can give is, spend all your time and energy focusing on accomplishing your goals whatever it may be, you’re going to get results. Surround yourself with good people you trust, Sleep 5hrs work 19hrs.  I just want to say Thanks to everyone out there for the love and support. Keep supporting me and Good2go Publishing

CONTACT INFORMATION
Tears of a Hustler PT 4 http://amzn.to/OYvG6x
He Loves Me, He Loves You Not http://amzn.to/SFSkRN


 
 
 
 
 
 
"One of the industry’s most underrated female authors takes you on another thrilling ride through the streets ofBrooklyn." --  K’wan, Best Selling Author

“Great story by a much slept-on author who keeps it authentic and street while cleverly weaving a great tale. 5 star read!” --  JaQuavis Coleman, New York Times Best Selling Author 

“Caroline McGill is Urban Lit’s best kept secret, but that’s all about to change once HBIC
drops. …And a new Queen will be crowned.” --  Treasure Blue, Best Selling Author


Take a walk in the shoes of Elle Mitchell. She came up in the church but quickly became fascinated with the underworld. The youngest sister of three, she has something to prove. Street smart and book smart, Elle will stop at nothing to get rich quick. Determined, she sets out to be Head Bitch In Charge.

But HBIC is a position to be earned and the stakes are high. Ain’t no easy road to riches when treading down a path of unrighteousness. Prosperity spawns adversity and enemies. Only one can fill the shoes of HBIC. Delve into these pages to see just how much those shoes cost.

Caroline McGill is back with a BANG! Prepare to be sucked into a world where money and power rules, and will ultimately destroy relationships… and even lives. Readers will love the new drama-filled “HBIC” series as much they love the “A Dollar Outta Fifteen Cent” series.

Excerpt:

“For what shall it profit a man,
if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul?”

Mark 8:36

Prologue
1981
Brooklyn, NY

In a crowded Brooklyn church in the heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant, a young woman sat at a piano pounding on the keys and directing three little girls with the voices of angels. The young woman was especially proud because the singing cherubs belonged to her. Her daughters, Etta, Elaine, and Elle were just ten, eight, and five years old. “The Mitchell Sisters” were singing their little hearts out and making a joyful noise unto the Lord. They had the church rocking to their rendition of the old gospel favorite, “Trouble In My Way.”

“Trouble in my way (trouble in my way) I have to cry sometimes (I have to cry sometimes) So much trouble (trouble in my way) I have to cry sometimes (I have to cry sometimes) I lay awake at night – but that’s alright (That’s alright) Because I know my Jesus (Jesus, he will fix it) I know my Jesus (Jesus he will fix it) After while …”

The little girls’ father, Elliot Mitchell, was proud and choked up by his big voiced babies. He sat in the third pew clapping along with the rest of the congregation. Elliot was a goodhearted gentleman who was a big dreamer. He had huge ideas of making his daughters stars. God had blessed him with those girls, so he had the makings of a successful gospel group. He wanted his girls to sing for God. He also wanted to capitalize off their talent. He didn’t see anything wrong with wanting to make a better way for his family.
Elliot glanced over at his wife, Ellen, who was signaling their daughters to cut the song. Their big voiced eight-year-old, little Miss Elaine Twyla, was singing lead. When she got into the groove she hated to turn the microphone loose. Elliot caught his wife’s eye, and they smiled at each other. Their girls were born to sing.
Elliot was the type of man who was driven by his ideas and unafraid to put them into effect. That was why his family had something. At just twenty-eight years of age, he owned the 4-story building his family resided in, as well as a business on the same street.

He and Ellen were in love and they were a match made in heaven. Both were from the same small town in North Carolina. Elliot courted Ellen at age fourteen, and they remained high school sweethearts who later got married the year they turned eighteen. Ellen was a southern bell who had the class and style of Jackie Onassis. She believed in her man and followed him to New York City, where he promised to take care of her like she was the First Lady. They purchased their first house at nineteen, and she gave birth to their first daughter, Etta, at twenty.

Elliot adored Ellen. He owed her his life because to some extent, she had saved him. He was from a family of hustlers. They were about money so education wasn’t necessarily a priority. His mother, Sadie, sold bootleg liquor all night to support them when his father went out and got drunk and spent all the money earned from their puck wood business on other women. So she slept late some mornings. If he and his brothers hadn’t gotten themselves up for school some days, they would have never gotten there on time.

As Elliot got older, he got wrapped up in the nightlife and hustle and bustle of his family’s activities. There were juke joints and liquor houses along the roadside in his community. They were owned by his aunts and uncles, who had reputations so feared folks dubbed their community Little Korea, comparing it to The Korean War fought in the early 1950’s. But they couldn’t get enough of it. Folks came from afar to indulge in the mischief Little Korea had to offer, so there was action going on all night.

Elliot often kept late hours and had the luxury of deciding whether or not he wanted to attend school. But Ellen was so pretty and sweet, he went as much as he could. He’d been smitten with her ever since seventh grade. She was the main reason he went to school everyday. And his fear of being rejected by her and labeled a dummy made him study hard to impress her with his intelligence. She was smart and seemed to get good grades effortlessly. Trying to impress her had motivated him to finish school.

They graduated from high school in May, 1968 and got married that December on Christmas Eve. A few months later, they picked up and moved to New York City. They tried living in Queens, but later settled in the borough of Brooklyn.

After Dr. King was assassinated in 1968, angry Blacks were determined to tear down the establishment so they vandalized, looted, and burned cities across the country. Brooklyn was no exception. Some of its neighborhoods suffered vastly. As a result, Whites began to relocate. Property values declined drastically, allowing Elliot to purchase his first house for a little more than a dollar and a dream.

Now all these years later, he and his wife were well respected pillars in their community. Ellen played the piano in church and directed the choir. She was his better half and she was a great mom to his daughters.

They had three girls but Elliot vowed that they would all be like him. He grew up with six brothers so he didn’t really know how to be gentle. He often made his girls wrestle and tussle like boys. And he had big plans for them. He envisioned that they would all be women of power and head their own empires one day. They would be in charge, no matter what society said about women being unequal. The year was 1981, and times were changing.
 
 
 
 
Caroline McGill is the best-selling author of the highly acclaimed, award winning “A Dollar Outta Fifteen Cent” series (parts 1 – 4). The self-published prolific Virgo also penned the rave, controversial novel, “Sex as a Weapon,” a steamy, eye-opening tale about AIDS awareness. Her latest novel “HBIC: Head Bitch In Charge” is based on her life story, and has been hailed as one of her best.
 
Caroline McGill has penned and contributed to eight 5-star rated novels to date, including a stellar anthology she published called “Guns & Roses: Street Stories of Sex, Sin and Survival.” Caroline has also published the phenomenal two book series, “Anything for Profit” 1 & 2 by author Justin “Amen” Floyd. Caroline is currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. She is working to promote her latest novel “HBIC: Head Bitch In Charge” and writing the fifth installment in the “A Dollar Outta Fifteen Cent” series.
MEET Caroline McGill: President/HBIC at Synergy Publications
What type of work were you doing before you launched Synergy Publications in 2004?
CM: Prior to launching Synergy Publications I worked a few odd jobs and also did lots of illegal stuff I’m not proud of. The life I was living, I am fortunate to have bypassed death or a lengthy prison sentence. I wanted money the fast way, and didn’t apologize for the ways I earned it. Then in the year 2000 I had an “aha moment” and realized that enough was enough. I was getting older. Age thirty was approaching in five years, so I was determined to get my life together.
During my enlightenment period I decided to go back to school. I enrolled in a community college in North Carolina fulltime and pursued a degree. I earned my AAS in Business Administration in 2002. Armed with blind faith and eager to make a positive turnaround in my life, I started working on a novel that was loosely based on the crazy life I had lived prior to my turnaround.
Why did you venture into the publishing business?
I wanted to be my own boss so my dream was to form a legitimate business. Overcome with the entrepreneurial spirit, I moved back New York and obtained a real estate license to supplement my income while I figured out what my calling was. I rented out apartments to pay the bills, meanwhile, brainstorming to come up with a product to sell.
I continued to work on my novel in my spare time and then made the decision to self-publish my debut novel, a semi-autobiographic tale of lust, love, and betrayal called “A Dollar Outta Fifteen Cent.” I formed Synergy Publications in 2004 and haven’t looked back. God is good.
Is it true that you consider Synergy Publications to be the home of conscious street literature? If so, what is it about the books you write and publish that makes you state this?
CM: All of the books I write and publish contain underlying messages. I make it a point to raise awareness by touching on issues that matter. Important issues that need to be addressed. I found a clever subliminal way to share life lessons, and I take pride in knowing that my efforts aren’t in vain. I get calls, emails and messages from our readers all the time. They get it! And they appreciate it. They let me know.
What is the S.O.S. AIDS Awareness Campaign? When and why did you found this organization and what types of benefits are offered through the organization?
CM: My first novel, “A Dollar Outta Fifteen Cent” was the inspiration behind me founding the S.O.S. (Saving Our Selves) AIDS Awareness Campaign. One of the main characters in the story contracts HIV in a startling jaw-dropping way, and things sort of take a turn for the worse. The feedback I got from my readers was phenomenal. I always place my direct phone number and contact info in the back of all my books, so they let me know how much they appreciated the fact that I had opened their eyes. A lot of them told me they were going to get tested for the first time.
That good news, along with the horror stories I heard about the alarming rate we (Black women) were being infected with the Virus, moved me to do something. My demographic was being destroyed by this epidemic. S.O.S. (Saving Our Selves) is a campaign fueled on educating the minority community on fighting the AIDS epidemic. This AIDS Awareness Campaign was created for us to take the initiative to protect ourselves. Women and men alike. S.O.S. does stuff like talk to the youth and hand out informative pamphlets and brochures about STDs. We also distribute free condoms and we direct folks in the right direction for counseling and testing. And we offer a platform to talk about these issues. We do it because we care.
What advice would you give to authors and other entrepreneurs thinking about starting their own book publishing company?
CM: My advice to aspiring publishers is read and research. Do your homework! This is a business that requires hard work and should be taken seriously. The market is currently saturated. It seems like everybody and their mama wrote a book. But during the years I’ve been in the business I’ve seen a lot of authors and publishers come and go. To have staying power you must stay informed and be innovative. Learn the business before you venture into it to avoid costly mistakes. Last but not least, publish material you will be proud to stand by. Go at it for the long run and don’t just try to capitalize off the here and now. This can be a lucrative business to a person who respects it and treats it with professionalism.
Why should people read your books?
People should read my books if they are looking for something outside of the norm that they will love, learn from and be thoroughly entertained by.
What’s next for Caroline McGill and Synergy Publications? Where would you like to see yourself and your company two to three years from now?
CM: We are heading for the film business. We will soon be bringing my best-selling “A Dollar Outta Fifteen Cent” book series to life as a web series. We’re currently in the pre-production stage. After that Synergy will venture into producing movies and other projects based on our books. We’re gonna try to take on Hollywood next.
Contact Caroline:
Website and bookstore where the book can be bought: www.SynergyPublications.com
Available on Amazon and wherever books are sold. Also available on Nook and Kindle… Kindle link:


 
 

 

 
 
 
Synopsis:
It’s been years since their parents were murdered. Twin sisters Shia and Leigh are trying to readjust to life, while caring for their baby sister Remi. With the exception of Leigh s angry, dramatic mood swings every now and then, everything seems to be going great. That is until Demetri; the mysterious stranger enters their midst, and falls right in the path of the newly single Shia. After dating Trent for so long, she is looking for a man to treat her like a queen, and Demetri is heaven sent…until inexplicable things begin to happen. When one of her sisters goes missing, and was last seen with Trent and Demetri, Shia suddenly realizes no one is who they appear to be. The seemingly normal world she and her sisters recreated is destroyed. Shia begins to realize that her parents’ past deeds are coming back to haunt them all and no one can be trusted. It is unclear to Shia which man truly has her best interest – and safety – at heart. Staring at the wilted flower she calls life, she is slowly pulling back the layers to try to understand if He loves me, he loves you not…

Excerpt:

“I love you so much that I hate your ass now.” He said as a sole tear dripped down his face, “It wasn’t just sex with me and you. It was love making no matter how cheap you tried to make me feel.” His words were laced with heartfelt emotion as he pulled the telephone cord tighter around her neck and watched her breathe her last breath. Staring into her eyes as her life slipped away was an intimate bounding experience for him. He felt closer to her now than he did the numerous times they had made love.

Uncoiling the cord, he gazed down in satisfaction admiring his work. Her lifeless face stared back at him. She’d never looked more beautiful than she did right now with her blue and black bruised body lying on the floor. Giving her a proper farewell, he picked her up off the floor and kissed her lifeless lips, wishing she had made the right decision that could have led to hot sex with each other on an isolated island somewhere.

Placing her motionless body next to her husband’s, he was finally glad to be done with her and her lies. How dare she think she could tell him the truth after all this time and walk away from their arrangement as if it never happened? As if what they’d shared hadn’t been real or good enough in her eyes? He wanted to dedicate his life to her and make it work. Living in her world more than he lived in his own with his wife, she still hadn’t felt that he’d been worthy of all of her, where they could leave their inconvenient marriages behind and be as one together. She’d been selfishly trying to have it all, him and her own family. He’d never thought in a million years that she wouldn’t choose a life with him. He’d thought what they shared was more special than what their spouses were giving them.

Gazing down at her husband’s lifeless body, he felt like he had done them both justice. Now, her husband no longer had to be enslaved with her lies either. He set them all free. Smiling as he grabbed the gas can and drenched the room with gasoline; he was extremely pleased with himself. Lighting a cigarette, he relished in the calmness of the night, immune to the dead bodies lying around him. There would never be another woman whom he would allow to get to him like this one did. Never. Taking one last puff off his cigarette, he began his retreat towards the door, stopping only to light a match and flick it behind him in the darkened room. As he made his exit into the eerily still night, not even the moon illuminated the dreary sky. All that could be seen, in the distance, was the solitary house going ablaze.

 

 

A native of the Metropolitan of Washington, DC, Mychea has had a dream to have her words shown in print since the age of eleven, when she began a series of illustrations and short stories. In April 2007, Mychea decided it was time to stop fantasizing and begin achieving, opting to turn her dreams into a reality and so her debut novel Coveted began. She is the author of urban fiction novels He Loves Me, He Loves You Not, Coveted and Vengeance and Playwright of her stage play Coveted. In her spare time, Mychea loves to draw, model, act and plan events. She is hard at work on her next novel.

Get to Know Mychea:
1. What motivates you to write? 
I am motivated from within. Since I was a little girl I enjoyed writing and illustrating short stories. I had amazing teachers long the way that helped me to develop my natural talent even further and I can never thank them enough. I am also motivated by what I see and hear every day. I can honestly say that some experiences that I go through and my friends go through do help me to come up with ideas for my story.

2. What long term goals do you hope to accomplish through writing?
I would love to have a production company one day that will help bring to life writers and directors visions through, television, movies and theatrical productions. I believe that writing will also help to open doors for me to branch out with my brand identity to launch new charities to help literacy awareness.

3. Do you see yourself turning any of your books into a movie?
Yes. I would love for all of my books to be turned into movies one day. Currently I do stage plays based off of my books, but having them shown on the big screen is definitely one of my goals.
4. Are you an independent author? If not, how did you get linked with the publisher you are with now?
I began as an independent author in January 2010; however that changed mid-2012 when I became an author under Good2Go Publishing. Through networking this publishing company heard of me and contacted me about being an author with their company. I am happy to be a new edition to the Good2Go Publishing family and excited to have my novel He loves Me, He Loves You Not releasing November 22, Thanksgiving Day with Silk White’s Tears of a Hustler 4.

5. What do you expect readers to get out of your books?
I expect my reader’s imaginations to be captured through a world of twisted, deranged, chaotic sequences of events that will leave them on the edge of their seats wanting more.

6. When creating characters are they based off of you, people you know or are they products of your imagination?
A little of all three. I take qualities from my personality and people that I come in contact with or people that I have researched personalities to create my characters. I want my characters to be memorable to my readers, so each character has a personality trait to make them stand apart from the rest of the characters.

7. Five years from now where do you see yourself?
Five years from now I see myself still working hard, making movies and television series, knee deep in charity work, raising a family and looking for the next great opportunity! I want to thank everyone for all the support you give. You all rock and I am so grateful.

 
Web-Links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mychea.writes

Twitter: @authormychea

Website: www.mychea.com

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/mychea/22/a7b/230

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/mychea

Email Address: mychea@mychea.com

Book Available for Purchase: http://amzn.com/0615525970





Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet

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