Today’s Featured Author – Kay Blake

Into Another World

Today, I welcome author Kay Blake to my blog. The first book in her The Kim Brothers series, Catch Me If I Fall, came out in December.

Interview

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hey! I’m Kay. I write mostly contemporary and interracial romance. I started to write erotica under a different pen name and for that erotica one, I want to add horror to my genres. My stories are usually sassy, sexy, sweet romances. I’m currently finishing up my last semester in school as I will be getting my bachelors in June. I’m sarcastic as they come. Super nerdy. Super sensitive and a big horror fan. I’m a wrangler of three cubs and I love the written word.

How much of yourself, your personality or your experiences, is in your books?

I think I always put a piece of myself in my projects. I’m sarcastic as they come so at…

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Author Spotlight: Eliza David

It is always super awesome to meet new authors on social media. Today on my blog I will have author Eliza David telling a little about herself. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did interviewing her.

Here’s Eliza

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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi there, I’m Eliza David.  I was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago (ten minutes from Michelle Obama’s childhood home…but almost everywhere on the Southside takes 15 minutes).  I’m always a ChiCity girl, but these days, I live with my family in Iowa City. I adore French fries, wine, and random acts of petty.

What do you do when you are not writing?

When I’m not writing, I’m doing everything else: working full time, raising kids, watching Sex and the City reruns, and planning the rare date night with my husband.

Do you have a day job as well?

Yes – I work full time in the education field.  It pays the bills so I can’t complain. (At least, I can’t complain publicly. Streets is watching.)

How did you choose the genre you write in?

There was never any doubt that I would write at least one romance novel.  Now that I’ve written ten, I know why romance is my chosen genre. It has everything I love in one package: love, sex, drama, and yes – men!

Where do you get your ideas?

I think about what I would want to read with a glass of wine. I think about my favorite romance/women’s fiction authors like Erica Jong, Eric Jerome Dickey, Jennifer Weiner, and Candace Bushnell – they have created characters that have stayed with me and I strive to do the same for my readers.

How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?

Having a strong social media helps (ProTip: Own a hashtag! Mine is #Cougarette!).  Social media is also great for networking with other writers, in and out of my genre. Indie writers have a special kinship.  When you work those relationships on a human level, you’ll find promotional support on a grassroots level. That said, I also invest in my brand daily.  From the book covers to the banner ads, I’m very hands on in getting the word out about my product.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

Well, I write romance so yeah…some of my carnal history has seeped its way through the pages. I strive to give my characters parts of me (i.e. CeeCee’s aloofness, Laney’s foul mouth, Jay’s creativity) while still making them their own people.

What project are you working on now?

Besides my freelancing, I am working on two novels right now.  The first is Still Savage, the sequel to my last novel, Savage.  My second is still in the plotting stages, but it is an untitled novella about online fandom. It’s like Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments…but with a little sex.

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

I like second chances. It’s a theme that I often weave into my narratives. Everyone deserves a second chance – the trouble is when they start expecting third, fourth, and fifth chances (some of my characters have that disorder!).

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Don’t try to emulate your fave. Tell the story you would want to read, not what you think someone else would enjoy.

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

My cup runneth over for my fans especially my Day Ones that told their friends and family to read my novels. I could never thank them enough for their undying support of my naughty words. I hope they keep coming back for more (and you already know the pun was intended!).

Social Media:

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Author Bio:

Eliza David is the author of the five-star rated, six-book Cougarette Series. She was born and raised on the noisy South Side of Chicago, but now lives in super quiet Iowa. When she’s not writing, working full-time, or raising two children with her loving husband, Eliza enjoys reading throwback Jackie Collins and indulging in the occasional order of cheese fries.

Eliza is also a contributing writer for Real Moms of Eastern Iowa and Thirty On Tap. She was a featured panelist at the 2016 Iowa Soul Festival and was a headlining author at the 2016 Iowa City Book Fair. Her latest project, Savage, hit Amazon in September 2016.

The Problem with Silence

This will not be my normal posts as I tend to share personal posts or book related posts. However this was an experience of mine two months ago. An experience I had a hard time dealing with. I debated if I should speak on it outside of when I got home and posted it on my private Facebook. I was angry. I was disgusted. I was hurt. But after I thought maybe my experience will help someone else.

We are told as authors that we shouldn’t speak up about issues because it is our job to write. Expressing my thoughts are something I was afraid to do because I thought what if I said something that someone else didn’t like and in the end my career or aspiring career will suffer?

The thing is as the last three years have went by with me writing, I have met people and most are good people and then some say thing sometimes say things that say people like me don’t matter. People like me shouldn’t be upset or hurt when there are many things that goes on in the world that says well being a black woman doesn’t mean a thing even when nothing you do fits “harmful stereotypes”.

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I saw this image floating around a few months ago and it reminded me of the unfortunate situation I had to deal with on public transportation with my daughter, youngest sister and mother. This image was reported, but this image I happen to agree with. Because if you can allow people to do harmful things to others than you too are to blame.

It was my daughter’s birthday. We had a good time. I took her to the bookstore and we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. it was a good day. Laughs, learning new things, and good food.

On the way home we were in the city waiting for a train. We waited for a while actually as we grew a bit impatient when every train but the one I needed decided to come into the station.

Anyway, once the train we needed arrived, we waited to the sides of the door to let the passengers off. There were many of us waiting and being courteous of others. This white woman decides to push through all of us with her shopping cart to get to the one lone seat of in the middle of the train car. Normally, I don’t fight for a seat as it is never that serious, my issue however was she pushed my daughter. She pushed my sister. Shed pushed passed many people one who in fact was carrying his few month old child.

My mother and many of the people who were pushed in turn said that this woman should have said excuse me and to have some manners. Even in a city as crazy and fast at NYC, manners should never be put to the back burner.

The woman’s response was to only come after my mother and my family and call us n***ers. I’m sure you can see by the fact that I blocked out some of the letters was because this was a bad thing to say. At first I thought maybe I heard wrong. So I said “excuse me?” She repeated it with glee etched on her face and a smug look. She got to me. My mother said something first. But, I know that I didn’t revert to my usual ignore. I got angry. Really angry. One, maybe if this was only said to me I would have been able to hold my thoughts in. However, this was said to my teenage sister and my daughter.

My daughter has seen some of the crazy that has been in the world, but she has never been called a n***er to her face. I haven’t been called that to my face. I did have experience with racial stereotypes and with passive racism. I did not even know how to respond at first when she showed me that indeed I heard her correctly.

I started yelling at this woman because I was angry. One many people said this woman was rude. Many! We were on this particular train car with many white people. The only other minority there at the time outside of me and my family was these two Asian women who were sitting near where we stood. I cursed. I told her how dare she think this was okay? How dare she think that being disrespectful in that manner was okay? What I noticed more though was out of all the people who told her to say excuse me, she singled out the black people. My family were targets because we were the ones who were people of color who stood up to her.

Now the same white people who complained about her as well got really quiet. So quiet that I swore I was watching myself on a playback. They knew what she said was wrong. You could tell by the shock on their faces. But they said nothing. They didn’t try to back me up. They did nothing to show solidarity with me and my family. Actually some even looked afraid because I was yelling. My yelling looking at it now wasn’t the right way to respond. I know my response was because my daughter a girl who caused no trouble, who’s exceptional in school was called a racial slur. My sister who never seen something like this in person was called a racial slur. This woman recorded me because I was livid. I have never been that angry in all my life.

If I see someone being bullied, or harassed, or racial slurs are said, I will say something. Why? Because you can’t say we are all the same or that you see no color, and then when the time comes to show solidarity and to be an “ally” all of a sudden you say not a word. Nothing! Nobody came to my defense on that train. I was pegged the angry black woman though  I had every right to be angry. I had every right to be upset.

Once we got off the train this woman gets off says she wants to fight me and my mother and then run to the other train car. Some of the people on the platform saw this as well. Only one said that she was wrong and shouldn’t have said anything, but he whispered this to my family, and did not say this to the woman. The woman who needed to hear this.

After I calmed down and got on the next train to head home, I had to talk to my daughter. First I apologized for my anger. I apologized for handling it the way I did. I explained why this angered me and why we had to work harder because even in this day and age, we can be the best of people, and yet we will still be looked at as “n***ers”.

I know not everyone thinks like this. I know there are people who are unware of the way they think when they see a minority. I also know while there are people who aren’t racist, there are many who are. Many! The last year had shown me just how cruel people can be.

So why did I share this story? You can’t say you love all people. You can’t say that you’re an “ally”. You can’t say you will stand up for people like me, and when the opportunity presents itself then you say nothing. What’s a way to be a true ally of POC. Learn and educate yourself. POC shouldn’t have to do it all the time. If a POC gets weary from having to defend their right to be a POC or their livelihood step in and help out. Step in and say why we won’t tolerate racist behavior.

Silence can be just as deadly or just as bad as doing nothing at all. I hope that this can help people see that in this world we have to be there for one other. Really be there, and not talk a good game on social media. Not talk a good game to close friends. Let your words become actions.

If I happen to lose a reader because of this, well I’m about inclusion for all. If your beliefs put people like me or anyone else in any marginalized group to the back burner or tells us we don’t matter, that we don’t deserve decency, then I’m okay with losing that reader. I will not be silent on wanting everyone to be treated with decency.  We must do better. Period!

 

Until next time,

 

Kay

 

 

 

2017 Goals!

Happy New Year Everyone!

We are 8 days in to 2017. New year! New goals! New Aspirations.

I decided to participate in an #Instagram challenge (#igauthorlifejan) and one of the days requested that all those who participated share what their resolutions or goals were.

So here are my goals for 2017

Publish 3 Works

I’m currently working on my newest novellete which will be called Breathe You. This story is dedicated to a friend of mine, so it has some meaning for me. The next one will be my try at a rock star story. I wanted to do one just to see if I could, so I hope it comes out the way I envision it. The last is Book 2 of The Kim Brother’s Series. I just realized Book 1 on December 30, 2016. Book 2 deals with the middle brother David. And he is very different from Jae, so I’m excited about these for the year.

Take Better Care Of Myself

I know I haven’t taken the best of care of myself. I have fibromyalgia (chronic pain) long with a host of other things, and I know my body is paying for it. Yes, I do what I can, but sometimes I lay awake in pain hoping I can finally get a decent amount of sleep. I’m thinking of putting yoga as something to help during the week. Maybe two times a week.

Self Discovery

I think you are never too old for discovering things about yourself. Your likes. Dislikes. Favorite things to do. What you want to do with your life? It’s so many things. The next day isn’t promised to any of us. So, this year it is a goal of mine to make sure I learn as much as I can about myself.

Graduate with my bachelor’s degree

At the end of the month I will start my last semester of college. I should have gotten my degree in 2009. My bachelors. Life happened. Some of it because of choices I made, and others because of other situations. Anyway I went back to school in 2007 to get my associates, and I finished it in a year. I told myself  one day I will get my bachelor’s so after two and a half years (5 semesters), I will graduate in June and I’m so happy about it.

Know my WORTH

I think this is the most important goal for me. I have a habit of not realizing what I am and what I’m capable of. What I give off into the world doesn’t necessarily register with others because I’m giving. Now this is not to toot my own horn, I know I give so much sometimes that I’m empty. This year my focus is to appreciate me. Appreciate my flaws, Appreciate all the things that makes me “Kay” and know that if someone can’t handle me at my worst. If someone can’t see my worth, than they no longer need to be in my life, my space or in my aura. I refuse to waste time on people who doesn’t give a damn about me no matter the relationship. So definitely knowing my worth is quite important.

Write horror story via Wattpad

If you know me well enough then you will know that horror is my first love. I love reading horror books and watching horror movies. I love horror so much that I even listen to audio horror on YouTube. Anyway while I do write romance, I do want to dabble in horror. Stephen King is my favorite author of all time. I feel I should do many shorts on Wattpad as a horror collection to see if I can do it. If it goes the way I want to, I will publish a horror story as I would my romance stuff.

Make Awesome Memories

2016 I was fortunate to be at a book signing, speak on a panel and meet many other authors who I have made friendships with. I have hung out with people and tried new things. 2017 is no different. I want to make the memories for the days when I feel like crap, I have something to look back on like man, this was a great day.

I hope that if any of you have any goals, that you try your best. I wish you all the luck and light.

Until next time!!

Kay 🙂

SMUT Anthology Release Day Blitz

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Title: SMUT

Author: Nona Black, Shakuita Johnson, Stephanie Kelley, & Nina Gabrielle

~Featured Stories~
Bait
Clash
By The Moon
Red
Last Friday Night
F*ck Me Please
Betrayal by Blood
Wanton Secrets

Bentley (Kiss and Tell: Encounters of a Man Whore)

Publisher: Venefica Publishing

Release Date: Dec. 20th, 2016

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$0.99 until Jan. 5th, 2017

9 stories, 4 authors, a lot of steam.

Enjoy a collection of steamy stories with Venefica Publishing’s first anthology… Smut

Last Friday Night:
What Happens on Friday’s is our little secret… Jessica has a little secret. She met her husband Peter in a sex club two years ago, and her life has been satisfying ever since. But work calls Peter away for the whole week and leaves the weekends free for fun, f*cking and no holds bared.

F*ck Me Please:
Sometimes offices are for work, and sometimes offices are for f*cking!

Jennifer want nothing more than to be f*cked all over and sideways by her fiancé who is always at work. Taking matters into her own hands she decides that this time the ball was in her court.

Bentley:
Mature audiences only. Contains M/F scenes and adult language

Clarissa is back and this time she’s brought the men with her…This is the first installment in a six part serial. Although each can be read as a standalone, it is best to read them in order.

Clarissa is an acclaimed journalist and blogger who sets out to show the erotic side of escorting by writing a blog article for her followers. She speaks to six men, in Connecticut, asking them to tell her one of their hottest encounters with a client.

The first man she interviews goes by the name of Bentley. After being released from a juvenile detention center he opened Cupiditas with five of his closest friends. Join him as he regales Clarissa with tells of lust and desire with, Chloe.

Wanton Secrets:
Ms. Cage is looking for a bit of fun away from her high powered job. She goes to a place at the urging of an associate. Once there however, she gets far more than she bargained for.

Betrayal By Blood:
The debt was due… I was the payment. The one who sold me… was family.

By the Moon:
It was just supposed to be one night last summer, just a fling with him at his welcome home party. Just one hot, delicious, drunken romp in his truck was all we agreed on. Except we couldn’t keep our hands off each other and it turned into all night.

Rome was the guy all the local girls wanted; good family name, easy on the eyes, skilled with his hands. And I didn’t need linked to him. I didn’t want to be in the shadowed spot light that was his life.

Now that man, who swore by the moon in a drunken confession that he was a witch, was at my library, silently waiting for me when I left work. I didn’t know what he wanted but he’d promised

me magic that night last summer. I didn’t believe in magic, but I knew the way he looked at me made me want to go back on my word.

Red:
Dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair… Wait, that’s the opening for my favorite Eagles song. Probably shouldn’t be drinking and telling you this, but it kinda sucks to be the wolf with no Red Riding Hood to seduce when one is in a mood, wait, I mean chase… chase, that’s it.

That is, until he shows up with flaming red hair and lots of muscles.

Bait, an erotic comedy, takes place in Baltimore where my protagonist, Katrina, is a thirty-something year old woman whose life has simply fallen flat after her ex dumps her. She finds herself going through the paces, hating every step, afraid to dare to be more. Until she bumps into Deck, young and impulsive yet wanting a real kind of love. By no means is he willing to become Kat’s “boy-toy” and he goes about convincing her to commit in a very… unconventional way.

Clash, an erotic drama, also taking place in Baltimore where the protagonist, Ava, has turned into a coldhearted and ruthless woman. She’s up for a promotion at her firm but is forced to work with her ex and prove to the board that she can work well with others in a difficult situation. She has every intention of getting in, getting out, and washing her hands completely of her past. Little does she know, Nick still loves her and refuses to let her ice him out again, but love cannot be forced.

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Nina Gabrielle is a sassy woman from NY! Being new to the erotica world she writes sexy smut while juggling a host of things.
Nina is innocent, with just enough freak in her to get the job done…and yes, in her books as well. 😉

Here is my author page on amazon and Goodreads
https://www.amazon.com/Nina-Gabrielle/e/B01N9D11XY/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16152183.Nina_Gabrielle

Shakuita Johnson is currently finishing up her Master’s degree. When she isn’t in school she enjoys watching Japanese Anime, eating, and relaxing. She published her first book Dark Indiscretions (Dark Indiscretions Series, #1) in Dec. 2013, which is permafree on all online outlets for ebook.

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Stephanie Kelley is a 36 year old sci fi geek who wishes Firefly was never canceled. She likes silly hats, karaoke, and doesn’t say “shiny” nearly enough. She is a straight up goof who has an obsession with all things gummy and makeup.

She works full time while pretending to be an adult. Who decided it was a good idea to invent rolly chairs that spin anyway? Chances are if you walk by her cubicle and she’s bopping along to her headphones there is a good chance it’s Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Dorothy or The Pretty Reckless.

She has a degree in Journalism but writes supernatural and fantasy stories. Something about the juxtaposition of those two things never fails to amuse her.
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Nona Black is the pseudonym of… well if I tell you, there wouldn’t be any point in having a pen name 😉

Free now to write whatever my naughty little heart desires I hope you enjoy every one of the – love, pain, angst, erotic filled pages I can conjure.

Follow Nona Black to stay up to date on all of her naughty little stories.

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https://www.amazon.com/Nona-Black/e/B01NAI7EW1/

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