Spring will be in the air soon, and we've embarked on a new month. Welcome March 2013, and please give a special welcome to my guest Authors of (AAMBC). We've got two holidays this month, St. Patrick's Day and Easter--so, if you're looking for romance or wanna kick up your reading game a notch, Mello & June has got you covered! Check out these tantalizing good reads and get your downloadin' on! Happy Reading!
Tee and Michael Stokes have realized that life for them will never be normal. As heads of a new entertainment management company and expecting parents, it’s now more important than ever to figure out if their stalker, Rebecca DeFoy, is dead or alive. If she’s alive, will she kill again? If she’s dead, who is impersonating her and why? Whichever the case, they must put an end to the harassment once and for all before she puts an end to them.
Their friends have drama of their own……
Tiffany has traded in her tight clothes and stilettos for big hats and conservative dresses as she tries to prove to one of Memphis’most promising young pastors that she is worthy of a man in the pulpit. Can she control her feelings for Michael, or will temptation ruin her chances for love and her friendship with Tee? Lenice has entered the world of online dating. Her keystrokes can’t mask the pain of a failed relationship, but they could lead her into the life of an elderly millionaire. Lenora’s weight loss has changed her body and her attitude for the better, but her husband’s job at the Kitty Kat Club may be too much for even the new and improved Lenora to handle.
“Thank you for calling MiTee Management, how may I help you?” asked Sheba in her sweetest voice.
“Yeah. Can I speak to my momma?” said a young male.
Sheba hated prank phone calls. She had better things to do with her time than play with somebody she couldn’t see.
“Sir, I think you have the wrong number. Everyone in this office is childless,” she said rudely.
“No. Tina Stokes is my momma. Tell her that her son is on the phone. She’ll know exactly who you’re talking about,” the young man insisted.
Sheba was sure he was crazy. Tee didn’t have any chil-dren yet, and if she did, whoever was on the other end was way too old to be her child, but she decided to humor him. “One moment please,” she said and pressed the button to put him on hold. She then pressed the extension for Tee’s office. “Boss Lady, there’s a young man on the phone who says you’re his momma. Do I need to get rid of him?”
Tee giggled. “No, Sheba, that’s my baby. I’ll explain lat-er. Put him through.”
Her phone rang two seconds later. “MiTee Manage-ment, where we are lifting our clients to new heights. Tee Stokes here. How may I help you?”
Tee loved to say the name of her and Michael’s new management company. They selected MiTee because it was a combination of their names and it sounded like the word mighty.
That’s exactly what they planned to be—stronger, bigger, and badder than any other management company in Jae Henderson the nation. Together, they were a force to be reckoned with. They had only been in business two months, and MiTee Management was currently responsible for maintaining the I’m A Good Woman brand and executing the I’m A Good Woman Empowerment Conference. They also managed Michael’s career as a motivational speaker and book author, Tiffany’s Magic Touch Mobile Massage, and now gospel hip-hop artist Icy Blak. It was an eclectic bunch, but nothing she and Michael couldn’t handle. So far, their assistant Sheba was the only employee, but they were looking to add an additional manager to the team so Tee could attend solely to the baby after he or she was born.
Things took off much faster than either of them could have imagined. After the word circulated that MiTee Management existed, many of the celebrities she and Michael knew called to see if they would be interested in managing them. They turned most of them down because they didn’t want to take on too much too soon, but when Blak called, there was no way Tee could deny him. He was her mentee, and she was honored that he wanted her to help manage his career. They finally had the details worked out, and Blak would be in town tomorrow to sign the contract. She was quite proud of the businessman he was becoming.
“Hey, Ma! I liked your name better when it was Tina Long,” teased Blak.
“Boy, I told you I am nobody’s mother. At least not yet, and I think my new name is beautiful and my new life is beautiful!” Tee looked down at her small, almost three-month baby bump. She was actually enjoying being preg-nant. She got to eat as much as she wanted, and everyone pampered her. The breast swelling was annoyingly painful, but she was secretly excited about the notion of added cleavage. They seemed to be getting bigger every week. She hoped the added inches would stay once the baby was born. Although she didn’t enjoy the morning sickness she first experienced after finding out she was with child, it seemed to have stopped. Odd eating habits were the newest phase in her pregnancy. She dipped a Cool Ranch Dorito in applesauce and chewed it loudly in Blak’s ear.
Get To Know Jae:
After embracing careers as a radio talk show host, marketing and media professional, and voice over artist, Jae Henderson decided to add inspirational romance author to her roles. Her entertaining stories about the astounding power of love and God’s ability to care for us have been warmly received by readers of all ages.
Jae began her I’m A Good Woman literary series in 2011 with her debut novel, Someday, and followed it with the 2012 released of its sequel, Someday, Too.Now she’s back with the final book in the trilogy, Forever and Day. Join Jae as she uses her wit and way with words to take us on a most entertaining journey filled with wisdom, romance, suspense, and jaw dropping twists and turns that inspires believers to keep the faith and remember that we may not be perfect but we serve a perfect God. She even has an inspirational estory series entitled, Things Every Good Woman Should Know. These short stories encourage women to be the best they can be in their spiritual, professional, and social lives. Two have been released thus far: You Are Beautiful and Take Care of Those You Love.
Jae Henderson is a graduate of The University of Memphis where she earned a BA in Communications and an MA in English. She is the former host and producer of On Point, a once popular radio talk show geared toward youth and young adults. Other accomplishments have included serving as a contributing writer for the award-winning, syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show and a successful career as a voice over artist.Her signature voice has been heard in hundreds of commercials and even a couple of cartoons. When Jae isn’t writing, she works as a public relations specialist and college professor. She currently resides in her hometown of Memphis, TN.
This is the third book in the Someday Trilogy. What can readers expect?
Like my previous books, this is an inspirational romance and my characters experience several faith-challenging situations in their relationships, friendships, and careers. However, this one extends the story with suspense and a great mystery as I slowly reveal who has been stalking Tee and Michael for over a year. It’s a wonderful “who done it” with a Christian twist. It also contains words of encouragement and scriptures for those who are celibate, dating, as well as those in relationships and marriages.
Do readers have to read the first two books to understand Forever and a Day?
No. I wrote each book in a manner that allows them to fully understand the main occurrences in the previous books and prevents them from feeling lost within the story. However, I encourage those who haven’t read the two previous books to do so. Each character has an interesting story that has evolved with each book. For the month of February, the ebook versions of Someday and Someday, Too will be on sale for only $1.99. I hope people will take advantage of this limited time special and download them.
You write Christian/inspirational romance but your books contain love scenes. Why do you include those? I don’t feel that I can realistically illustrate the amazing bond than can occur between a man and a woman and ignore the physical aspects of it. Christians have sex, too. My love scenes are always tastefully done. But my genre also includes the word romance and I recognize that romance includes more than sex. I make sure that love is illustrated in other ways such as acts of kindness and words that make your heart melt. The characters in my books include married couples who enjoy love to the fullest and celibate singles. I have messages to encourage those who are traveling those roads and the ones in between. It is important for me to include something for everyone. Everyone isn’t having sex just as everyone isn’t abstaining from sex.
What’s your inspiration?
My inspiration is my love for people and my desire to help others live the best life possible. I believe our relationship with God is a major part of that. I want to encourage others to read their Bible and seek His will for their lives. I also want to let the world know that Christians have fun! So many people think that you stop having fun and live a boring life in order to do God’s will. That is so not true. I try to make my characters realistic, which means they have flaws, so that people can see themselves in them and see how much more fulfilling life can be when you live according to the Word. I really am living the good life!
Now that the Someday Trilogy is being put to rest, what’s next?
I am in the process of writing books that contain some of the minor characters in the Someday series. I am enjoying creating backgrounds for these men and women with fresh storylines for my readers. I will also continue to release short stories in the Things Every Good Woman Should Know Series. These estories provide me with the opportunity to encourage and inspire women to be the best they can possibly be in their spiritual, professional, and social lives.
What do you enjoy most about being a writer?
I LOVE connecting with my readers. It warms my heart every time I talk to or get a message from someone telling me how much they enjoy my books. Every writer wants to feel that they are contributing to the lives of others, even it is by simply allowing them to escape their reality and immerse themselves in a good book. It’s a very gratifying experience. So, please keep the face to face comments, emails, Facebook posts, and Twitter tweets coming.
What’s one personal thing you are willing to share to your readers?
My mother was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure and kidney failure. She spent nine days in the hospital and by the grace of God, she is fine now. I am now working hard to make sure she understands the importance of taking her medicine every day and getting her routine dialysis treatments. She can be stubborn. It’s a challenging time, but I am grateful that she is still with me and God is enabling me to care for her. She is my motivation to succeed.
You can now find more inspirational messages on my YouTube Channel!
“Many people have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”—Helen Kelle
Time Reese has lived the good life for as long as her memory can recollect. Time’s undeniable beauty and affluent family background are merely masks for her promiscuous, abrasive and “out for myself” mentality. She makes for a great match with cold hearted kingpin Trell; and together the two go on to operate one of the most merciless drug enterprises Memphis has ever seen. But when a familiar face resurfaces, and digs up the demons of her painful past, Time finds herself at a crossroads that may force her to make the ultimate choice. Tearney Richards is struggling to raise her two kids, both from different men, on government assistance. A chance encounter puts her in the crosshairs of Ethan Kish, a big time record label Exec who gives her the one thing she’s always dreamed of- a record deal. Her life begins to change dramatically and the girl who once had nothing now has everything. But, at what cost? Brena Sheldon went from waiting tables to living in the suburbs with a successful attorney. After his jaw dropping secret life is revealed, Brena gets an attitude makeover, moves out of state and embraces a new life. She soon becomes engaged to hoop star Darrell, and believes she has met her Prince Charming finally. Is he who he proclaims to be or is it all just smoke and mirrors?
Take a ride with these three friends as they face the harsh reality that, The Game Ain’t Always Fair.
Take a ride with these three friends as they face the harsh reality that, The Game Ain’t Always Fair.
I never was the one to cry over spilled milk. And why should I? I mean, once the milk was out of the glass and on the floor, what good was it to me then? Actually I probably shouldn’t say that because here I am, headed down I-55 to do what? Yep you guessed it, clean up spilled milk.
The usual 3 hour drive from Memphis had been cut in half. I guess adrenaline makes you drive faster.
I took the exit that led to Byram, MS. It had been three weeks since my boyfriend Trell and I had sparked a deadly drug war against our rival competitors. This drug war was so ruthless, and so without mercy. But, it was effective. Like any war, sometimes the blood shed comes from that of one you love. I had lost my best friend in the midst of our fight to keep our reign as the king and queen of the Memphis drug game. But, that’s not what I was about to get revenge for. That had been handled. The execution I was about to deliver was personal for different reasons.
Once I saw the three mile long white fence come into view, I knew I had reached the ranch. I approached the front gates as they opened slowly, remembering all the times Trell and I had shown up here with our 18 wheelers moving weight in and out. A white 745 BMW was parked at the front entrance with its headlights on high beam. I let down the driver side window and watched as William Garrett, or Mississippi Willie as he was affectionately called him, got out of the Beamer and made his way over to my car.
“You sure you don’t want me to take care of it?” Willie leaned into my window. I saw his sharp eyes do a sweep of the vehicle. I could smell the scent of Black and Mild on his breath as he spoke.
I shook my head. “Nah. I got this.”
He nodded. “What that nigga did was the ultimate disrespect. I know deadin’ him won’t resolve what you feel on the inside but at least he won’t get the chance to do it no more. I just don’t get why you wouldn’t tell Trell about this?”
I gave him a look that let him know to leave it alone. The less we talked about it, the better.
“Aight, now everything locked down, nothin comin’ in or leaving’ out. You got it from here?” he asked as he backed away from the car.
“Yeah. It’s not like I never done this before.” I reminded him. I gave him one last glance before putting the car in drive and taking off.
I breezed down the long gravel road until it ran out. The black SAAB that Willie’s aunt had rented for me, came to an abrupt halt as I reached my destination. I hated driving low budget cars, but times such as these called for me to be as low key as possible. I climbed out of the vehicle, decked out in all black–the ensemble of a true boss. I looked up at the six thousand square foot plantation style home. I shook my head at the realization that after tonight, it would be nothing more than a pile of useless ashes.
I used Trell’s key to unlock the front door and walked across the marble floors that led to the staircase. I could smell the faint aura of Pine Sol, like someone had just done a thorough cleaning of the place. I placed my foot on the first step of the staircase and it made a creaking noise upon impact. I passed the open sitting area and tried not to look at the large oil painting of Trell, his mother, and Rayshawn that sat in plain view above the double doors that led to Rayshawn’s sleeping quarters. Could I really do this? Could I really murder my man’s brother in cold blood?, I asked myself. I opened the doors quietly and immediately knew the answer to my question once I saw Rayshawn sleeping peacefully in bed. I moved closer. His face was as beautiful as a summer in Costa Rica even with the scar on his eyelid. To look at him, a person wouldn’t even believe the horror he was capable of. I reached for my .45 and cocked it back, triggering a slight noise. Rayshawn shot up in his sleep, and opened his eyes. His fair complexion turned even paler.
“What the….-BLAOW! I sent a bullet through his right kneecap. He wailed out in pain, reminiscent of a woman pushing a baby through the birth canal without an epidural.
I cocked my head to the side and raised the gun higher.
“Did I say you could talk?” I asked.
He held his wounded knee and grimaced. “Time how you get in here? Why you doin’ this shit?” he shouted.
“Why did you do what you did to me? Huh? I’m askin’ the questions today…get that understood!”
“I thought you was feelin’ me! Everybody ‘round the way said you was a freak and you liked it rough so I went for it! It wasn’t personal!”
That did it. Damn him for trying to justify what he did to me. I snapped, and for a moment I was no longer in the bedroom, but back in the barbershop on the cold floor. I could feel the cool air hitting the torn skin of my vagina as he violently forced himself on me. I thought about the two STDS I had contracted in the process. The lustful look of satisfaction on his face, bought it on home. I retrieved the silencer from my jacket pocket, screwed it on and released bullets until his bloody image replaced not only the agony of the rape but all the horrifying demons that haunted me daily. All the memories I couldn’t bear to remember. I shot until they were no more.
I stared into his now lifeless eyes and spoke in a pained whisper, “It was ALL personal to me.”
I dashed out of the house and back into the night. I went around the back of the house to ensure that the bomb was in place. Everything was trained and ready, just like Willie had promised. I walked back to the car, and got in. I put the car in reverse and backed up further down the road and turned into a driveway that led to an open field, used for rodeos. From this spot, I could watch the show easily. Burn in hell.
I closed my eyes for a few seconds and rested against the headrest. I was ready for this to be over. I was tired. I opened my eyes and caught sight of a black Mercedes SUV coming to a stop in front of Rayshawn’s house. How did that car get in here? What kinda watchmen does Willie have? A pack of royal dumbasses! They’re all good as dead. I put on my high tech binoculars. I was all set to let whoever was occupying the car go up in flames until the driver got out. It was Tearney. My heart began to beat loudly in my chest. I felt nauseous and light as a feather, like even the slightest wind could blow me over. The feeling escalated when I saw chubby Ishmael resting on Tearney’s left hip. My hands shook violently as I started the car and floored the pedal, veering in the direction of the house. I felt as though the car was not getting me there quick enough, so I got out and sprinted forward, yelling out to Tearney.
“Tearney get away from the house!” I screamed waving my arms over my head.
“Tearney get away from the house!” I screamed waving my arms over my head.
Tearney turned around and when Ishamel saw me, he immediately scooted out of her arms and began trotting in my direction. Tearney ran behind him.
“Come on Ishy! Come to Teetee Time baby! Come here!” I yelled running towards him with my arms outstretched.
He smiled brightly at me, totally oblivious to what was going on. Tears streamed down my face, and in that moment everything that had happened earlier seemed so small. In fact, nothing mattered except his safety. Strangely my father’s last words came to me, “That unforgiving spirit of yours is going to be the death of you, and when you finally realize it, life will have passed you by completely.” I wept openly as I briskly swept Ishmael into my arms and took off running without a thought. I looked behind me, and watched Tearney sprinting behind us.
“Time! Time! What the hell are you doing here? Stop running!” she exclaimed.
I wanted to tell her I that stopping was not an option. I wanted to tell her our lives were flashing before us. But, I couldn’t. There was simply no time. I glanced back again, and for the first time I noticed Tearney’s protruding belly. She was pregnant. Oh God, what had I done? The emotions that I had buried my entire life, had finally burst to the surface. Compassion, humility, regard for human life, sympathy, and love for someone other than myself. But, these feelings had all come far too late. Seconds later, the bomb exploded.
Get to know Camille:
Camille Sanders is a native of Coldwater, MS. She attended Tougaloo College after high school for two years, and went on to attain her Bachelors Degree from the University of Memphis in 2012. Camille discovered her love for writing in the 4th grade, when she and a group of classmates compiled a series of short stories that they dreamed would one day be made into a movie. Camille became engrossed in Urban Literature when she was 13 after reading, ‘The Coldest Winter Ever’ by Sister Souljah. After carefully researching the publishing industry, she was inspired to start her own publishing company, Madam Millie Productions. The ‘Millie’ in the name of her company is in memory of her maternal grandmother Millie, a woman whom she never had the honor or pleasure of knowing. Camille currently resides in Northern Mississippi with her daughter, Addison and often times, her darling niece Madeline Grace.
When did you first begin writing?I started writing short stories in elementary school with a group of friends. I’ve always been an introverted person, so I used writing to express myself.
What inspired you to write your first book?My father inspired me to take my writing to the next level. He loved to read my poems and short stories. I read my last poem I wrote for him at his bedside, two days before he slipped into a coma. He told me to promise him that I would “do something” with my writing. So, completing and publishing my first book was keeping my promise to him in a way.
Tell us about your new book, The Game Ain’t Always Fair.TGAAF is an urban tale with an original storyline about three young women. It’s a coming of age tale with a lot of twist and turns. What I love about this book is there is something for everyone. From romance to drama to tragedy to sisterhood, it’s all there.
Do you write from personal experience?
Yes and No. Some of the things in my book, are based on personal experiences and some are not. For example, one of the girls is a single parent, and I found myself venting some of my frustrations I had towards the whole “deadbeat dad” thing through the character. On the other hand, one of the characters is very cold and unfeeling, and can kill a man and not think twice about it. I’ve never done that. (laughs)
What new authors have caught your eye and/or gained your interest with a new release? Although her book came out a few months back, and has been out a while, I loved Love Lee’s Already Taken. I have been antsy for the sequel since I read it.
What kind of advice would you give someone looking to break into the literary industry? I would say do your research and seek counsel from productive sources. If you are interested in self-publishing I recommend reading manuals and how-to books that offer guidance. There are plenty of them out there, and remember ‘google’ is your friend. Life Changing Books also offers an online boot camp for those authors who are interested in self-publishing. No matter which route, you take never give up and stay the course. You will get discouraged at times, and hear a lot of “No’s” before you see any results. No matter what, if this is what you desire to pursue, keep pushin’ against all odds.
How can readers contact you and where can your book be purchased?I can be contacted or reached at:www.facebook.com/camille.a.sanders
Operation: Climaxxx takes you on a roller coaster of sexual bliss from first interaction to foreplay to the highest peak of culmination. Grant your body the freedom to indulge in immeasurable pleasure as you take your sexual appetite into overdrive. With 15 tantalizing, lustful, passionate, and intoxicating titles like Backseat Luvin’, Birthday Sex, Seduction, Corporate Shone, Forbidden Fruit, and Masturbation, you are sure to find sexual therapy, sexual healing, and sexual fulfillment.
Operation: Climaxxx delivers the ultimate “O” with a string of supermarket hook-ups, stimulating quickies, orgies, and one night stands. Bask in the exchange of mind blowing orgasms as you venture through the pages of this sexual odyssey. Be a fly on the wall and witness bodies intertwined gripping the sheets and rolling around the mattresses, shadows outlined on the walls, to the sweet sounds of screams of joy and cries of passion.
Operation: Climaxxx will have your juices flowing like a river, your sexual interest piqued, your adrenaline pumping, your heartbeat racing, your temperature rising, and your body twitching into convulsions as you sexsessfully complete the mission of Operation: Climaxxx.
Climax, I would do anything to achieve it. The almost indescribable, but most desirable feeling you get when chasing it is nothing compared to the ultimate pleasure you gain once you actually reach it. I could climax every day for hours on in and never get tired with it or bored of it. I was addicted to sex, but I was obsessed with the climax. It was my drug of choice.
Some people preferred liquor some preferred hard drugs, but all I needed was a hard nut. I preferred climax above anything else. I couldn’t focus, concentrate, function, eat, sleep, live, or breathe without it. Just one man was not enough to satisfy the hunger, appetite, craving, need, desire, or thirst for climax. The spine tingling, body shivering, intense, and electrifying sensation was unlike anything I could ever describe with words.
My entire life consisted of climax. I was controlled and consumed by the need for it. I was in a constant pursuit of the adrenaline rush and the ultimate high of climaxing. It was like the explosion of a firecracker going off in my body. It was like skydiving, it left me soaring through the air at the highest altitude.
It was like surfing the perfect wave, climbing the highest mountain, swimming the deepest ocean, and walking through the hottest fire. It was definitive gratification. One day while working at a fruitless job I had an epiphany. I realized that no career was going to satisfy me or be fulfilling enough if it didn’t allow me or involve me doing what I loved to do. That’s when I came up with the bright idea to open up a modern day brothel or as some would call an escort service.
My objective in life became climax and from that point on Operation Climax was in full effect. I was only going to hire the most desirable vessels. I would build an empire based on satisfying both men and women’s strong desire for climax. I was seeking only the finest of the male specimen. I only wanted men that desperately needed a constant dose of climax. I needed men who knew all the elements of providing women and themselves with the best and most powerful climax.
Get to know Girly G:
Girly G. a native of Miami. She is an ambitious, talented, passionate, and creative young woman. Coming from a place where the urban genre does not dominate the readers she is striving to bring the essence of street Lit to the Magic City. Girly G is also an HIV-AIDS activist who loves to give back to the community and empower the youth.
After taking a bitter bite from the industry, founder and CEO Girly G. decided to take control of her career and place her fate into her own hands. Despite the many upsets, adversities, and obstacles placed in her path she remained faithful, dedicated, determined, and ambitious. She never gave up on her dreams, goals, and aspirations no matter how far ahead the road to success may have seemed. She is on a constant mission to reach her pinnacles to turn dreams into realities and to make the impossible possible.
Q: Why did you become an Independent Author?
A: 2 Reasons Creative control and Profit. I love the freedom of being able to write the content I want to write the way I want to write it. Also I love not having to pay a million people a percentage of the profit when I wrote 100% of the book.
Q: When you aren’t writing what are some of the things that you enjoy. A: Giving back, volunteering, and being an Activist for HIV-AIDS.Also I’m working on founding and establishing my non-profit organization for under privileged kids focused on youth empowerment and helping families infected with or affected by HIV-AIDS.
Q: What is the easiest part about being an Author? What is the most challenging? What is the most rewarding? A: The easiest part would have to be writing. The most challenging would have to be the real work which comes after writing the book i.e promoting, marketing, etc. The most rewarding would definitely have to be the feedback from the readers to hear and see their reactions and excitement from enjoying my hard work. It really humbles me and is ultimately the greatest feeling of all.
What inspires you to write about the subject of Sex? I think sex is universal. I believe there is always a fantasy or a thought in your mind that makes you want to sexplore something out of the norm and maybe what’s considered freaky or kinky. It’s just a part of human impules. Sex allows you to be sexpressive and fully let go and just be whoever you want to be and do whatever you want to do to yourself or your partner(s).
Q: What’s next in 2013 for Go Hard Publishing and Girly G? A: There is a lot more in store for the readers this year. We have Scandalous Encounters, Deceitful Affairs, Skittles 2 “HomoSEXual Tendencies” and A Cold Summer all scheduled to release in 2013.
Q: How can readers follow Go Hard A: Twiiter: @authorgirlyg@Teamgohard__ Facebook: Go-Hard Publishing Website: www.gohardpublishing.com
The book will be available for purchase @ www.gohardpublishing.com
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