Saturday, October 5, 2013

Outrageous OCTober. . .

It's the first Saturday in October and Mello & June are celebrating for two reasons!  First, it's our favorite month of the year--why, you ask?  Because it's our birthday month, and second, we love the Fall season.  Throw in AAMBC and you've got reason to celebrate!  Yall know what this is!  So, get those downloading fingers ready and get to Reading!  It's what we Do!  Without further ado, please give a warm welcome to October's AAMBC Authors!  As always, we thank you for stopping by!  Happy Reading!
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Christie Whitfield-Adams has the picture-perfect life: a husband who loves her, a thriving career, stop-in-your-tracks good looks, and an undeniable bond with her father, Kenneth. In a nutshell, Christie’s living the typical American dream. When
her father mysteriously falls gravely ill, his two sisters step up and begin to care for him while Christie puts life as she knows it on pause to be by her father’s bedside. However, when Kenneth’s sisters begin acting strangely, just as things take a turn for the worse, Christie must put her grief to the side to figure out the mystery starring her in her face.

While Christie struggles with her own personal grief, she learns the many secrets that those closest to her worked hard to keep buried. There’s missing money, missing personal items and, worse of all, there’s deception being painted as “love”. Layer by layer, Christie begins to uncover exactly who had been for her father and who had been for betraying him and his legacy. Will the realization of what she once thought was perfect send Christie running in pain, or will she be ready to bandage up her Wounds of Deception?

“How was your drive?” Kenneth asked as he took his eyes off the large gathering of people at the picnic shed.

Christie shrugged and took a deep breath, “Long, as usual. But I’m glad to see you. Glad to be here.”

Kenneth grinned widely, showing all of his pearly whites and a dimple on the right cheek. “All your cousins have been asking when you were going to get here. You would think they were waiting on Oprah the way they kept checking the parking lot,” he said with a wink.

“Hey, hey!” Christie said as she poked him jokingly in the side, “I’m Oprah to somebody.” Kenneth playfully dodged Christie’s poking and pulled her back into a tight hug.

“You know you are your daddy’s Oprah. You’re my superstar, baby girl,” he said as he planted a long kiss on her forehead and started walking towards the shed where the music, laughter, and glorious smells were coming from.

Christie loved her father and he undeniably loved her back. Looking at the two of them was almost like seeing double but you would never get the two of them to agree to that statement. Their skin resembled a perfectly toasted almond.

While Kenneth had a smile that could charm a rattlesnake, Christie had a sparkle in her eye that would make that same rattlesnake blush. As a child, Christie would stare at her handsome father for hours on end trying to find the similitude between them. He was tall, a tad lanky and always kept a neat haircut. His piercing eyes were light brown like small pools of honey that made you feel like he could see straight through to a person’s soul in once glance. Yet Christie on the other hand, was curvy without being overweight and of average height for a woman, yet not as tall as her father. Her hazel eyes drew people into her every time. Still, in every other way they were almost identical.

“You have my nose and my eye shape,” Kenneth said one day while Christie sat Indian-style on the living room floor of his apartment playing with her Barbie doll. She usually spent her weekends with her father, and whenever he addressed her, she listened intensely to every word he said.
Patrice Tartt is a hybrid of resiliency and passion topped off with cherry-on-top ambition. As a graduate of both Fisk University (B.A. in Psychology) and Trevecca Nazarene University (M.S. in Management), Patrice has always been motivated to reach higher levels while simultaneously motivating others to do the same. After dealing with the unexpected death of her father in 2011, Patrice was led to seek therapy through writing. Unknowingly, Patrice’s therapeutic writing sessions led to the completion of her debut novel “Wounds of Deception”, which allowed her to tell a tangled story of hurt, anger and confusion while also healing.

The Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, who is also an avid blogger and traveler, has a desire to educate and entertain through her writing--discussing seldom talked about topics like family betrayal, health issues, and the aftermath of pain with a creative twist. Prior to becoming a published author and contributing writer for the wellness section and digital magazine for Everything Girls Love, LLC, Patrice worked as an IT analyst and consultant. Patrice is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and supporter of the Amyloidosis Foundation in which she advocates and raises awareness for this rare disease mentioned in her novel. Patrice currently resides in the Washington, D.C. metro area with her young son.

Her debut novel, “Wounds of Deception”, will be published in September 2013 under her publishing company, Patrice Tartt Publishing, LLC.

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Jazzy secretly wants to get back together with her ex boyfriend, Curtis, so when he calls and reveals that he’s got something important to tell her, she’s got no idea that he’s about to propose—to her first cousin and bitter rival, Mercedes.
The annual family dinner is coming up, and fearing that she will spend the evening seething while Mercedes flaunts her four carat engagement ring in her face, Jazzy asks Reggie, an Adonis she met at the mall, to accompany her. As fate would have it, not only did Reggie and Mercedes used to date; that backstabbing, leopard print wearing cow is still carrying a torch for him!  Revenge. It’s never been so sweet.
But falling for ReggieHoly crap! That wasn’t part of the plan! She’s got enough on her plate as it is with a mother who spies on the neighbors and a sister and best friend with man problems that could land them on Jerry Springer. So when Curtis comes sniffing around again—this time, with an accusation that sends her blood pressure shooting through the roof—the one good nerve that Jazzy’s got left has just about run its course.

Quanie Miller grew up in New Iberia, Louisiana. She fell in love with reading at an early age and spent most of her time at the Iberia Parish Library discovering new authors like R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike (she was often found walking back home from the library with a stack of books that went up to her chin). She holds degrees from Louisiana State University and San Jose State University. She has been the recipient of the James Phelan Literary Award, the Louis King Thore Scholarship, the BEA Student Scriptwriting Award, and the Vicki Hudson Emerging Writing Prize. She loves writing humorous stories about strong willed, sassy women who can’t keep themselves out of trouble.
She lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband and is currently, as always, working on another novel. To find out more about Quanie and her works in progress visit

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I wrote my first short story when I was 9. It was called “Sheeba the Cat” and you can bet it was probably pretty awful. I knew I was good at writing stories but didn’t really consider myself a true writer until college. I decided then that I was going to take my craft seriously and started getting up at 5 am to write. I still do till this day.
What inspired you to write your first novel?
My first novel is called It Ain’t Easy Being Jazzy. It’s a romantic comedy, and believe it or not, I actually sat down to write a paranormal story about a woman who accidentally gets a job as a nanny and later discovers that the children’s new stepmother has mystic powers. So I start the story with the main character getting a flat tire in this affluent neighborhood and cursing her GPS for getting her lost. I was going to have her ring one of the door bells and get mistaken for an interviewee by the woman of the house. But when I started writing, she never made it to the house. She called her best friend to get directions and the banter between those two had me laughing out loud. I stopped and thought, “But wait a minute. This isn’t supposed to be funny!” So I had to take a step back and decide if I wanted to scrap what I had and rewrite it to make the tone consistent with a paranormal story or go in a completely different direction and write the funny story. And I decided to write the funny story (I later ended up writing the paranormal story. It’s called The New Mrs. Collins and will be out next year).
Do you have a specific writing style?
Yes. When I’m writing humor I love writing things that are really over the top and laugh out loud funny. I have a thing for these characters who may be a little on the crazy side, and I love to build worlds that are out of the ordinary and sort of kooky.
How did you come up with the title?
I had been racking my brain for a title and one night while I was in bed it just came to me. The title, It Ain’t Easy Being Jazzy, is perfect on so many levels because of all the things that happen to Jazzy. Sometimes she gets into these crazy—yet hilarious—situations because of her own doing, and sometimes it’s because of something her mom, sister, or best friend did, but in either scenario, it’s not easy being her; in life, in love, at work, even in traffic. For some reason, she’s a magnet for all things crazy!
What are some of the similarities that you share with your main character?
Jazzy is hilarious and endearingly flawed. She also doesn’t mind making fun of herself and I think that’s a trait that we definitely share.
Why should someone read your novel?
I think people should read It Ain’t Easy Being Jazzy because it’s a lot of fun. Anybody who likes to laugh should definitely read it.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Find your voice as a writer. Don’t try and be like anyone else and don’t worry if your book isn’t like another author’s. You are unique and your story will reflect that, so don’t try and be like somebody else. Let your voice be heard!
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Shelby is a career woman turned housewife who enjoys the friendships that have been built with her 5 best friends; Camille, Lynesha, Raylin, Kerri and Chloe. They are all career women with different businesses or careers, husbands and even children but something is missing, something they can’t find at home, in a store or even in a book. So, they search for this missing piece in the beds, arms, cars, offices and even in storage rooms of other men who don’t mind paying for what Dem Dam Divas can offer.
They enjoy the thrill of sneaking, creeping and even vacationing on someone else’s dime but what happens when it all becomes too much? From being found guilty with no evidence, secretly wanting someone who doesn’t want you, loving only to not be loved back, caught up in a dream that you’re about to be awaken from; will it be worth it in the end?
Will their secret lives be revealed and will it become too much to handle? Will they regret their actions or stand by them? Will they finally question whether this secret is really worth keeping?


 “Good morning, Ray; Mr. Johnson is waiting to see you in his office.”

Thanks Ashley, I said. I knocked on the door that was already slightly open. “Hey, you wanted to see me?” He motioned for me to come in while he finished up a call. Once he hung up, he looked at me with the slight hint of an attitude and said, “Yea, since I didn’t hear from you this weekend!”

“Oh, do I detect an attitude? Seeing that I am not your wife, I don’t have to check in.”

He said, “You may not be my wife but I pay you like you are!”

“Yea, you pay because it’s worth every dollar and I do the things your wife doesn’t. Now, if you don’t want anything I have some work to do.”

He grabbed me by the arm before I could move and pushed me up against his desk. He pushed the intercom, “Yes, Mr. Johnson;” said Ashley.

“Ray and I will be busy for the next 30 minutes, no interruptions!” he barked.

“Yes sir,” she said.

He pushed up my pencil skirt and ran his fingers between my legs, surprised that I had no panties on as he hurriedly tried to undo his pants.

“Slow down baby, she ain’t going nowhere.”

“I know but dam, she’s so hot and wet!” he said.

“Yea I know but remember we are at work and I don’t need you screaming like a girl!”

He laughed and said, “Then put something in my mouth to shut me up.” I, of course obliged.

I pulled my skirt the rest of the way up, pushed myself back on his desk and spread my legs wide enough for his head to nestle right in between them. I wanted him to get all the glory of my freshly shaved candy box and his tongue hit the bull’s eye on the first try and I was in Heaven. He parted my lips and sucked like he was trying to find how many licks until he got to the tootsie roll center!

“Oh my God!” is all I could say as I grabbed this man by the head. As I begin to have an orgasm out of this world, he stood and I took every inch of his long, thick cock as I wrapped my legs around his back. I put my hands on his ass and I pushed until I made sure I had it all.

“Dam girl!” he said as I laid back a little further to make sure he was feeling every bit of me. Oh, don’t get me wrong; I love this sex but I won’t let him see it. I grabbed his arms and rocked with him until we both came together.

“Baby, you will make a man sign over his company for that shit!”

“Yea, I know. Consider that a thank you for our trip this weekend,” I said as I walked out passed Ashley smiling before he even had a chance to respond. 


LaKisha Johnson is a girl after God’s own heart; doing what she believes to be her purpose-- writing.  In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 15 years, mother of 2 and native of Memphis, TN.  She comes from a huge family and has always been the go to girl whenever someone needed a poem written or read, an acknowledgement that would convey just what they were thinking or even an occasion written for that special day. 
She’s an all-around talented lady that makes everything she touch turn to gold. She has 2 degrees from Southwest TN Community College both in Information Technology and has worked in the corporate field for over 15 years.
She is also a dedicated blogger, delivering a devotional blog 5 days per week entitled ”Kisha’s Daily Devotionals.”
LaKisha wants readers of her books to step outside the box and read with imagination.  She wants them reeled in from the front cover to the last word, enjoying every second in between, asking for more.  She doesn’t proclaim to be the best writer or even author in the world--she just proclaims to be blessed because her motto is ”God’s purpose is bigger than any problem!”

1.      Who is Lakisha Johnson?

I am a 36 year old young lady, who is married with 2 children. I am the product of a large crazy family and I was born and raised in Memphis, TN. I am always on the go but I find time to write and read, which are 2 hobbies I love.
2.     What made you want to become an author?

Writing or becoming an author isn’t something I set out to do but it is something that I’ve now found, I am destined to do.  Writing is a passion and a gift that God has blessed me with and because of that it has become something greater than I could have ever imagined which is why I can now call myself an author.
3.     Is this your first book and do you see yourself writing anymore?

No, this isn’t my first book but it is my first published book. My first book is a self-published book that is entitled, “Doses of Devotion” and it’s simply a book of encouragement.  Yes, I do see myself writing many more books because this is only the beginning for me.
4.    Why did you choose to write a fiction after a devotional?

It was actually a spur of the moment thing. I was sitting at home one night looking at some recent pictures from a sleepover with my sisters and aunt and this idea popped in my head. So, I grabbed my computer and began writing and it was fairly easy because I took some of the personality traits from my sisters, aunt and friends and the words just begin to flow.
5.     Why did you choose the name, “A Secret Worth Keeping?”

I chose this title because everyone is always eager to hear a secret.  I know it may be hard to believe but if you want to grab anyone’s attention; call, text or email them and tell them you have a secret to share and they will drop everything to hear it.
6.    Is this book based on real life events?

No, everything that is in this book is my imagination. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am sure there are a lot of women who can relate, who have probably been in one of these situations or know someone who has but no, this isn’t based on real life.

7.    What do you want your readers to get out of this book?

That a secret can bring complete chaos in any situation so choose your secrets or even the secrets you want to keep wisely because at any given time, they can blow up in your face.

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