Thursday, September 29, 2016

Swirling Around Love #Multicultural #Romance Event: Author Perri Forrest @PerriForrest

Good Morning everyone! Today's featured author is one of my favs. She is very super talented when it comes to that pen game. Please welcome author Perri Forrest.

Perri Forrest

Perri Forrest is a California based author with seventeen titles to her credit. A writer who becomes one with her characters, Perri has produced numerous outstanding titles including having reached number one in African American Romance on the Amazon Best Sellers list. The fan favorite novel, Captivated was an international hit debuting at number two in Women's Fiction for three consecutive weeks on the Amazon Best Sellers list in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Having studied psychology, Perri delves into the intrinsic elements that make her characters tick. She consistently creates strong female leads weaving in the complexities of fiction and real life. This dynamic writer, who has penned stories since a preteen, ensures that each novel is mixed with insight, passion and love. Having only professionally written for just shy of three years, Perri was nominated Best Romance Author of 2015 by Urban Books, Authors, and Writers of America (UBAWA).

An unintentional venture into blogging allowed Perri to express her raw emotion, break down her personal barriers and explore her gift of writing. Ultimately Perri's blogs resulted in fans adoring her work and clamoring to read more. Writing quickly became her sole driving force, her goal is to nurture the minds and hearts of the readers who trust her to feed their literary appetites.

When not creating her own captivating characters, Perri can be found enjoying a good suspense thriller. She lists the work of James Patterson, Terry McMillan and Jackie Collins as being among her favorites. She also loves playing Words with Friends, which has been a constant companion while writing the bulk of her literary works.

Author Interview

1. What inspired you to become a Multicultural, IR or BWWM Romance writer?

I don’t consider myself an IR or multicultural author. I consider myself an author who writes (at times) using a multicultural cast. It wasn’t as cut and dry for me with this whole selecting a sub-genre thing. I always knew that I’d write with a diverse group. It wasn’t until I was published that I learned that there was even a sub-genre.

2. Besides writing, what are some of your favorite things?

I play badminton. I coach middle school students on fiction writing. I LOVE to read good suspense thriller novels as well as paranormal reads. I also love braiding hair. I used to do it professionally.

3. Name at least two (2) authors that you admire who write Multicultural, IR or BWWM Romance?

Janice Ross, Erin Ashley Tanner & Amarie Avant

4. What types or genre of books do you enjoy reading? What are you currently reading?

Suspense/Thriller, Romantic Comedy, and paranormal with a sci-fi feel. And I’m always up for a good urban.

5. Are you working on anything new? If so, when can we expect it to be released?

My upcoming release is coming early October, but it isn’t IR, it’s AA Romance.

6. Do you have any scheduled upcoming events; such as book signings, interviews, etc.?

I’m scheduled to be at UBAWA’s book fair that’s being held in October, but I’m still working out the logistics for that.

7. Where do you expect to be in your career as an author five (5) years from now?

Making movies and signed to a multi-book deal with one of the big houses. That’s the goal I dream about daily.

8. What advice can you give to new authors who’s interested in writing in this genre?

No advice for THIS genre…ANY genre. It’s just to write from the heart and write all the time. You’re not going to be able to please everyone so you don’t have control over that. But what you do have control over is delivering a quality product that will make people want to read your work and subsequently come back to see what else you’ve done.

Special message from YOU to Readers …

I’d like for readers to know that I write from the heart with every book I publish. I write to appeal to all audiences and not just a select few. My hope is that people gravitate toward my work because of richness of the story and not so much the characters’ makeup. I want to be known for pulling together a good plot and one that grabs the attention of the reader. I have a strict rule with myself to never be boxed in or labeled, so with every piece of work, I make it my goal to stick to nothing but originality. Period. I’m personable, and always reachable, by any of the portals listed.

Book Catalog

Rapture Series


They say that love happens when you least expect it.

Meet the star of this story, Hunter “Rush” Cambridge: Heartthrob, somewhat of a local celebrity, and hugely guarded of those he loves. Rush has never been in love. Lust is more his thing. In fact, he’s all business. The former athlete and current bar owner is solely focused on getting his new mega club up and running. But then Alika Collins comes crashing into his life—literally.

Alika has flown from Las Vegas, to the Bay Area to meet up with someone that she met online. Only when she arrives, things quickly go south and Alika realizes that she has made the biggest mistake of her life. But did she?

Sometimes bad things occur so that better things can replace them…

After Alika manages to escape her situation, she finds refuge in the backseat of Rush’s car. Everything moves quickly from that point as she is insinuated into his world. Although Rush is preparing for the opening of his new club, he is compelled to be a source of help to her, in the process.
But while Rush is helping to sort out pieces of Alika’s life, he’s got a few problems of his own. There are forces conspiring to take down everything that he has worked so hard for, and he’s not having it.

Will Rush emerge unscathed once the truth comes out? Will there be love at the end for him and Alika, or is he just the person who happened to come along when she needed a friend the most?

Available for purchase here.


When you think of rapture, you think of ecstasy, bliss, elation, and things of that nature. In short, a feeling of intense pleasure or joy. Rush had that. Or rather, Rush has that in the beautiful Alika Collins. Alika brings forth everything he wants in a woman. The two literally crashed into each other’s lives, and their whirlwind love story is safely set on solid ground. But is it really? And if so, for how long? There are certainly things that can disrupt what they have just begun to build.

Recently, Rush was dealt a devastating blow: He has a young daughter who he never knew existed. After this life-shattering secret is exposed, Rush finds out that those close to him are the ones behind it all. Feeling betrayed, he instantly dismisses those individuals from his life. In his mind, their actions were unforgivable and mending fences is not of urgency. At present, his primary goal is finding, and forging a relationship, with his child. Nothing will keep him from doing that.

But while Rush is establishing this new phase of life, things are in disarray in the old life.

For one, someone wants Rush's father dead and will go to great lengths to make it happen. Then there’s the mother of Rush's daughter who wants more than to co-parent. This leaves Alika feeling the strain of it all while trying to remain by his side. Yes, things become chaotic. But, Rush is no stranger to chaos. Hell, he even has a club called Chaos, as a testament to where he's been and what he's made of.

But how much can one person take?

Rapture 2 brings many things to question, but it will be interesting to see how it all turns out in the end. Specifically, which relationships will remain intact, and which ones will be forever altered to the point of no return.

Available for purchase here.


A man’s job is never done. It holds especially true when you’re Rush Cambridge.

The story is back and with something of a vengeance. In RAPTURE, new couple Alika and Rush were brought together under severe circumstances. Alika literally crashed into Rush’s life and created a need that he didn’t realize existed until she was there to awaken it.

By RAPTURE 2, the couple had already been faced with the first of many obstacles: Rush’s father was murdered, his mother’s return after years of absence, and the arrival of a daughter that Rush never knew existed.

RAPTURE 3 promises to keep the momentum going. Rush wrote off his sister, Jamie, when he realized that she knew about his daughter. Will they mend their relationship? Or will they remain siblings in name, only? What will happen when tragedy strikes and the traumatic event touches several of the lives that Rush holds dear? And what about Siobhan, Rush’s mother, who was being sought for his father’s murder? Somebody doesn’t want to let it go, and wants to make sure that Siobhan pays for her crime. It’s just too much, isn’t it? Well, it’s happening all while Rush and Alika await the birth of their first child.
We know this couple can overcome just about anything, but will it still hold true in the end?

Available for purchase here.

Love’s Awakening Series


Kennedy Daniels is young, beautiful and successful. But she’s like a lot of women who have been hurt in love. She is guarded, angry, and dead set on not repeating the same mistakes again. But if the way she treats men is the way she intends to continue through life, she won’t have to worry about attracting a man to have a relationship with at all. Her sharp tongue and her trigger-happy attitude is a turn off, and not something she expected to ever be confronted about . . . but then she meets Javier.

Javier is a man’s man who is very much a straight shooter. He’s not here for the games or the bullshit. When he ends up calling Kennedy out on her behavior, sparks fly, but not in a good way, and what was supposed to be a blind date set up by good friends, ends in a bitter battle of words. They part ways, but the sting of Javier’s words remain, forcing Kennedy to take a long hard look at herself.

But when Kennedy decides that she needs to get away and reconnect, their paths cross again, and like before sparks will fly . . . but in what direction?

Available for purchase here.


“I…” she started, before lowering her eyes momentarily. “…just don’t want you to feel obligated about this…thing between us.”

They’re the words of a woman who doesn’t recognize when she has a good man right in front of her. They’re the words of a woman who doesn’t recognize when it’s time for her to embrace happiness, and move all the way away from the past. They’re the words of Kennedy Daniels—post her recent ‘awakening’.

Readers first met Kennedy Daniels and Javier Zamora in the novelette, “Kennedy's Awakening,” where they enjoyed a lust-filled week together in beautiful southern California. Love hadn’t yet entered their realm, but it did appear that they were headed to the next phase of what looked like it could be the start of something amazing.

But Kennedy isn’t used to a man like Javier, and since old habits die hard, in no time at all, Kennedy reverts to her pattern of self-sabotage.

Enter Tariq, the ex-boyfriend. A misunderstanding lands Kennedy right back in his presence; but while it’s strictly platonic for her, and something to fill a void, it’s much more for Tariq. And when Tariq realizes that it’s not he who awakens Kennedy’s desires, and that her heart and head are elsewhere, his true character begins to emerge.

As situations begin to escalate, and desires aren’t the only things to awaken, Kennedy soon finds herself in a struggle for her heart…and maybe even for her life.

***This story has both STRONG LANGUAGE in places as well as STRONG SEXUAL CONTENT***

Available for purchase here.

The Gavin Brooks Series


Gavin Brooks is a handsome delivery guy. He’s somewhat of a celebrity along his route because he does his job so well. To his credit, he also possesses above-average customer service skills. Not only is he on top of his game, but he has made his way atop a few of the female clientele as well. In short, he has a way . . . and quite often, his way, with the ladies.

For this golden boy, it was just another day in the field. On his first stop of the morning, he encounters two women from the same business. One of them, Sharon, makes it crystal clear that she is attracted and very much interested in indulging in a bit activity with him. The other, Christina, is more reserved and admires from afar.

When Gavin leaves the women’s office, his attraction for Christina lingers. He’s drawn to her in more ways than one—it’s not just her beauty that lures him in, it’s her overall demeanor and the way she carries herself. However, it isn’t Christina who shows up for an afternoon romp—it’s Sharon.

Gavin, never one to turn down a freebie, entertains the striking young woman, but his mind never ventures far from the one who captured his attention.

Using every charm at his disposal, Gavin finesses himself into a dinner date with the object of his affection, and learns that as he thought, there is more to Christina than meets the eye. He ponders if she will allow him to make one last ‘special delivery’ before time runs out.

At the end of it all, Gavin has a secret that no one will see coming and that could potentially destroy not just his long term chances with Christina, but all that he has built, as well.

Available for purchase here.


Gavin Brooks is back and he's in love...

In book I, Gavin was an unstoppable player. He was a married man living a bachelor's life. But when he encountered the beautiful Christina, he had an unexpected, and extremely undeniable attraction to her. Book I ended with Gavin in the early stages of a whirlwind relationship with Christina.

However, Christina still has no idea that the man she has strong feelings for, is married to someone else. The deeper that Gavin falls, the more he comes to realize that he needs to tell her. But how can he do that without losing her?

Enter Sharon...a woman scorned, and who still carries a torch for Gavin. She is out for revenge feeling that Gavin used her then threw her away. She wants him to pay.

While Gavin contemplates on how, and when he will break the news to Christina, someone else manages to beat him to the punch. It's a devastating blow to Christina and she walks away. But for how long?

There is more to Gavin than meets the eye, and in this book readers get to find out about a piece of his past that plays a huge role in how he came to be the man he is today. Gavin is forced to relive a past hurt, as he comes to terms with the fact that he may never win Christina back.

Will he do all that he can to win her back? Or will he feel that she is better off without him?

Available for purchase here.


Enter for your chance to win an eBook copy of Kennedy's Awakening. One lucky winner will be randomly selected. To enter, search Perri’s Amazon Central catalog and tell us who Brooklyn Kellogg is in the comments section below. The 1st person to get the correct answer will win. That’s it! Good Luck!!!

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