Monday, October 31, 2016

#DebutAuthorSpotlight Ebony


Ebony


Author Bio

Ebony Smith is an author, a mother of two boys and two beautiful granddaughters and mentor to many great authors in the book industry.  She started as an avid reader and then became Administrator to Tiece Mickens Presents which gave her insight as to what the industry and authors need.  After a few years her underlying passion as a writer became too evident to control and she penned her first novel in a series titled, Daddy Taught Me Better. It quickly took the industry by storm and Ebony took her rightful place as one of the best in the business.  She is currently working on part two of the series.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

#DomesticViolence Awareness #BookSpotlight Love On The Track by Alithea-Jae Smith


Good Morning everyone! Today we are back, spreading awareness through books that touch on the issues of Domestic Violence in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. So, let’s get started.



What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other.

Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. It is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior that is only a fraction of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and in severe cases, even death. The devastating physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime. (via NCADV)


Today our guest is Author Alithea-Jae Smith. We will be sharing the issues of domestic violence displayed in her book, Love On The Track, with you today.

Friday, October 28, 2016

#FridayFeature Amarie Avant: #DeceptiveDesires Series #RomanticSuspense #IRRomance #BWWM @AmarieAvant


Covet

Author Amarie Avant

Genre Romantic Suspense, BWWM, New Adult

Publisher Blu Savant Press

Release Date August 21, 2016

Page Count 216 pages

FREE with Kindle Unlimited

Blurb
For Jonathan Liam Delacroix Lemaitre II, everything revolved around the love of his life: Raven Shaw. But they were too young and too destructive.

Raven thought they would always be friends, yet Liam knew a different truth. The son to a vast Legacy, he is shipped off to Paris at a tender age, leaving Raven to fend for herself, full of questions and doubts.

Now, he has returned to town and determined to get back in her good graces. Gone is the clumsy, fat boy he once was. In his place stands a man ready to take on the world, with the woman he wants at his side. Raven, on the other hand, can see the new man but still searches for echoes of her friend. Who is this handsome guy that has swept into her life? He was Liam, but he wasn’t HER Liam…. And she wasn’t sure if he ever could be.

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Envy

Author Amarie Avant

Genre Romantic Suspense, BWWM

Publisher Blu Savant Press

Release Date September 12, 2016

Page Count 245 pages

FREE with Kindle Unlimited

#DomesticViolence Awareness #BookSpotlight When A Man Loves A Woman by Tumika Patrice Cain @TumikaPatrice



Good Morning everyone! TGIF! I don’t know about you but I’m thrilled that Friday is finally here. This week has been one crazy, hectic & busy week for me. How about you? What are your plans for this spooky weekend? I’m not sure what I’ll be doing but I know that I’ll be taking it easy.

Today we are back, spreading awareness through books that touch on the issues of Domestic Violence in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. So, let’s get started.


What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other.

Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. It is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior that is only a fraction of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and in severe cases, even death. The devastating physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime. (via NCADV)


Today our guest is Author Tumika Patrice Cain. We will be sharing the issues of domestic violence displayed in her book, When A Man Loves A Woman: A Season of Change, with you today.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

#ARCReview Crushin’ On A Boss: The Streets or Love by Tysha Jordyn @tysha_jordyn #DomesticViolence Awareness

Crushin' On A Boss: The Streets or Love
Author Tysha Jordyn
Genre(s) Urban Romance
Publisher Royalty Publishing House
Publication Date October 27, 2016
Page Count 170 pages

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Book Blurb

They say love is blind, and growing up as a little girl lost, Aniqa Haddon is now a woman that’s had enough of no love. She loved Je’Marcus Watford past his flaws and stayed loyal, even when he failed to put her first. She dove head first into their young love, allowing Je’Marcus to be her lifeline when her mother abandoned her to chase the street life, but when the smoke clears and those blinders come off, Aniqa finds herself living a heart-breaking nightmare. Hoping to give her baby girl, Essence, the world, Aniqa is faced with a tough decision: move on from Je’Marcus’ abusive love drought, or stay blindly committed to a disloyal dude. There’s just one problem, though: the only way Je’Marcus plans to let her go is through death.

#DomesticViolence Awareness #BookSpotlight The Bryson Blood Wars by Cynthia Blue & Nyeshia


Good Morning! Today we are back honoring Domestic Violence Awareness Month by spreading awareness through books. If you missed any of the features, they can be found here: Visions of My Past and The Capable Series. Again, we will start off explaining what Domestic Violence is.


What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other.

Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. It is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior that is only a fraction of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and in severe cases, even death. The devastating physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime. (via NCADV)

Today, our spotlight will be on The Bryson Blood Wars written by Author Cynthia Blue. This series is not based on personal experience and are totally fiction. We recently interviewed Ms. Brown, the abused victim.


Interview with Ms. Opal Reese Brown

VIP Thank you for joining us Mrs. Brown.
Opal Thanks for having me.

VIP I would like to ask you a few questions about your current relationship with Wallace Melvin if that’s okay?
Opal *sigh* sure.

VIP  Is everything okay?
Opal Yes for the most part. I just wish that Wallace will stop making nasty comments about my weight and care about my feelings.

VIP How does he hurt your feelings?
Opal Besides putting me down for being overweight, he cheats on me, humiliates me by playing mean tricks on me and now he’s forcing me to do something that involves my sister Clover.

VIP Which is?
Opal Never mind, forget it. I’ve said too much already.

VIP Whatever it is it’ll be wise to tell you sister. I’m sure she’ll understand and would want to help you.
Opal I don’t know.

VIP Trust me. She will. You can get out of this abusive relationship.
Opal But he never hit me.

VIP He doesn’t have to hit you to abuse you. Just think about it okay?
Opal Alright, I will.


Wallace Melvin

Wallace Melvin is Opal Reese Brown’s current boyfriend. He verbally and emotionally abuses her. Wallace is what you would call an outside child. Wallace along with his older brother witnessed his father abusing their step mother on a regular basis.


The Book

The Bryson Blood Wars
Author(s) Cynthia Blue & Nyeshia
Genre Urban, Drama, Family Saga
Print Length 190 pages
Publication Date April 13, 2016


Blurb

After years of estrangement sisters Clover and Opal have reconciled and built a stronger bond than ever before. This newly strengthened bond is tested when a past love re-enters Opal's life and starts wrecking havoc with his verbal and emotional cruelty. Little does Opal realize her toxic relationship could not only threaten her relationship with Clover, but also her family.......and her life.

Take a journey with the spinoff to The Marshalls Series and get caught into a world filled with hate, drama and manipulation in The Bryson Blood Wars!


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Thank you Cynthia for visiting us today and sharing your book with us. It was a pleasure to have you here. Now everyone, please go show your support and purchase this awesome book.


If you or someone you know are in danger PLEASE CALL 911. For anonymous, confidential help, 24/7, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.7233.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

#NewRelease Secrets She Keeps #RomanticSuspense #CrimeThriller by Amarie Avant @AmarieAvant


Title Secrets She Keeps 

Author Amarie Avant

Genre Romantic Suspense, Crime Thriller

Release Date October 25, 2016

Page Count 328 Pages

Publisher Prism Heart Press



Blurb

Dangerous connections with deadly roots...

Twenty-seven-year-old Reese Dunham only wants to focus on creating a successful boutique bakery that her sordid past can't destroy. But with secret connections intricately tied to her family's history, she may never escape the reality of her life.

When she encounters Italian LAPD narcotics detective Evan Zaccaro, the chemistry is undeniable. But there's one caveat, he represents everything she wants to forget. As the web of deceit and betrayal engulfs them, Evan and Reese become entangled in a perilous trap that unearths their past and threatens their future. Suddenly, with her enemies closer than she ever realized before, Reese becomes the pawn in a deadly game. In turn, she's forced to question who is really on her side.



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About The Author 


Mother of two. Wife of one alpha. And alpha to his alpha.

Lover of thrills and enticingly sexy chills.


Azusa Pacific University alumni where God comes first. This dyslexic and highly attention deficit author has received two Bachelors and a Masters in Counseling. Though sociopaths are very interesting, and coupon shopping is just as thrilling as action or cartoon movies, Amarie Avant has taken on romance.

Beware anytime you open an Amarie Avant novel: This is not your ordinary love story…


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

#DomesticViolence Awareness #BookSpotlight Capable Series by T.S. Brumsey @tsbrumsey


Good Morning! Today we are back honoring Domestic Violence Awareness Month by spreading awareness through books. If you missed yesterday’s feature, make sure to go check it out. Again, we will start off explaining what Domestic Violence is.



What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other.

Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. It is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior that is only a fraction of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and in severe cases, even death. The devastating physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime. (via NCADV)


Today, our spotlight will be on Fallen I, II, III and True Love I of the Capable series written by Author T.S. Brumsey. This series is not based on personal experience and is totally fiction.



Q&A

What type of domestic abuse does this series touch on?
The stories touch on physical, emotional and sexual abuse among college students.

Why does the character(s) become abusive?
The abusers partly become abusive because they can't get what they want and have lost control of what they desire.

Can you tell us a little about the victims in this series?
The characters who are abused in the story deal with shame and self-blame. They're so ashamed that they are unsure about reporting what happened to them.

What made you decide to include these domestic violence issues in this series?
My purpose for embedding domestic violence and sexual assault issues within the Capable series characters' college years is to assist with spreading awareness. Domestic violence and sexual assault issues are ones that I've had to assist clients with throughout my 15 year career. I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Domestic violence occurs quite frequently among college students, even high school students. Someone might read the novels, relate, possibly remove themselves from an abusive situation, and actually seek help.

How do you help support the cause of Domestic Violence Awareness?
I assist in spreading domestic violence awareness almost daily because I'm the Family Advocacy Program Manager at the military installation in Wiesbaden, Germany. Family advocacy spreads domestic violence and child abuse prevention awareness throughout the installation. We facilitate trainings pertaining to domestic violence and child abuse to Soldiers, their family members, and various organizations on post. We organize events that spread awareness as well. Especially for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (February), and Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month (April). We offer classes within our program that help prevent domestic violence and child abuse. We have anger management, stress management, couples communication, parenting classes, and the New Parent Support Program. If clients need more intense clinical services, they are referred to Behavioral Health and/or Family Advocacy Clinical for therapy. Clients are also referred to ASAP (Army Substance Abuse Program) if necessary because an abundance of domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault incidents involve alcohol use, abuse, or dependency. If a person is the victim of a sexual assault, they're referred to SHARP (Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention) for assistance.


To obtain the full story of the characters, it might be helpful to read the first three books in the series that describes the characters' high school years.



The Books


Fallen I
Author T.S. Brumsey
Genre New Adult Fiction, Romance
Publisher Self Published
Print Length 202 pages
Publication Date April 28, 2016


Blurb

Close friends Candice, Brandy, Natalie, and Sabrina realize that they are capable of falling, whether it’s falling in love or falling into a web of sticky situations. They’re continuously dealing with the highs and lows their lives are hurling at them.

Candice’s relationship with her boyfriend, Kelvin, is very testy. Jealousy and rage ensue especially when her other love interest, Jacob, is around. She can’t seem to figure out whom she wants to be with, and Jacob isn’t making it easy. Who will it be?

Brandy has to decide if she wants to remain with her love interest, Mitch, or if she wants to be single because she finally notices Brice, but does he stand a chance of stealing the heart that Mitch has so diligently conquered?

Natalie is having difficulty maintaining her Christian beliefs because she’s curious about going all the way with her boyfriend, Ezekiel. She knows she’s supposed to wait until marriage, but that’s easier said than done. Will she hold up her virtue or allow temptation to get the best of her?

Last, but never least, Sabrina is thoroughly enjoying being with the love of her life in many more intimate ways than one. Can she truly trust that he won’t break her heart, especially after going to the point of no return?


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Fallen II
Author T.S. Brumsey
Genre New Adult Fiction, Romance
Publisher Self Published
Print Length 220 pages
Publication Date June 6, 2016


Blurb

The college years are upon close friends Candice, Brandy, Desera, and Sha. They realize they are capable of falling - be it falling in love or falling into a web of sticky negativity. They are continuously learning how to deal with the highs and lows their lives are hurling at them.

Candice’s relationship with Kelvin becomes emotionally and physically violent. Jealousy and rage is still prevalent amongst the couple. Will Candice finally gain the strength to move on, or will she remain in their tumultuous relationship?

Brandy decides to give Brice a chance and goes out on a date with him, despite still being in love with Mitch. Where will things lead with Brice, and can she possibly be into two guys at once? Does Brice stand a chance of stealing the heart that Mitch diligently conquered?

Desera is smitten with the mysteriousness surrounding Tyrone. He sweeps her off her feet and immediately captures her heart. She’s excited about their future together and wonders if he will ever reveal any of his past criminal indiscretions to her. She also prays that he’s truly a changed man and has left his treacherously dangerous past behind him.

Sha becomes insecure about her relationship with Delvin. She wonders if taking their relationship to the next intimate level will guarantee security and loyalty between them. Will her possible irrational thoughts end with her going to the point of no return with Delvin? She can’t help but worry about her close friend, Candice, and the major issues that she’s enduring with her boyfriend. Will Sha contribute to her friend making healthier choices, or will she stand by and allow Candice to go down a path of destruction?


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Fallen III
Author T.S. Brumsey
Genre New Adult Fiction, Romance
Publisher Self Published
Print Length 228 pages
Publication Date July 11, 2016


Blurb

Candice, Brandy, Sabrina, and Desera realize they are capable of falling, be it falling in love or falling into a web of sticky negativity. They are continuously learning how to deal with the highs and lows their lives are hurling at them.

Candice’s relationship with Kelvin is finally over, despite Kelvin desperately wanting the opposite. Will she take Kelvin back after he emotionally, physically, and sexually abused her, as well as cheated on her? Or will she heal and move forward with Jacob, who is deeply in love with her?

Brandy and Brice are a couple now, and she’s falling hard for him, but she’s still in love with Mitch. She oftentimes wishes she were still with Mitch. What will she do: end things with Brice, or continue to hold on to her strong romantic feelings for two different guys?

Sabrina is thoroughly enjoying being with Steven in more intimate ways. Will she have any regrets regarding how close she has allowed Steven to get to her? Will she resist the hold he has on her heart because of her insecurities, or will she choose to be happy and carefree within her relationship with him?

Desera is smitten with the mysteriousness engulfing her boyfriend, Tyrone. He sweeps her off her feet and immediately captures her heart. She wonders if it’s Samar, who is deceased, whom he’s longing for through her, since she strongly resembles Samar. She prays that he’s truly a changed man and has left his treacherously dangerous past behind him.


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True Love I
Author T.S. Brumsey
Genre New Adult Fiction, Romance
Publisher Self Published
Print Length 230 pages
Publication Date September 2, 2016


Blurb

Desera, Melody, and Brandy are capable of experiencing true love. But are they ready for what all comes along with it? Desera is head over heels in love with Tyrone, and she truly believes that he is a changed man until she witnesses a different side of him one night after they've taken their relationship to another level. Will she distance herself, or will she continue to stay by his side, regardless of the fears she has about him?

Melody is smitten with Christian, but taken aback by something he does right after they graduate from high school. She knows Tyrone's reputation, and that Christian is close to the once treacherously known kingpin. She's starting to witness exactly why they act like brothers, and she's not sure if she can handle it. Will she let Christian go because of the trouble their relationship may prompt him to get into, or will she stand by his side, despite the mysteriousness of whom he really is?

Being into two guys has finally caught up with Brandy, causing her and Brice to come to a horrific point in their relationship. He does the unthinkable to her. Will Brandy be able to trust and love again? Or will she give up on love all together?


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Thank you T.S Brumsey for visiting us today and sharing your books with us. It was a pleasure to have you here. Now everyone, please go show your support and purchase this awesome series. Also, True Love II was just released today!


If you or someone you know are in danger PLEASE CALL 911. For anonymous, confidential help, 24/7, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.7233.

Monday, October 24, 2016

#DomesticViolence Awareness #BookSpotlight Visions of My Past by Vette Wilson @Vette_Wilson


Hello all & Good Monday Morning! As most of you all know, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness, I decided to do my part and bring awareness through my love of books and authors. Yes, I know I started late but a current issue that I just dealt with open my eyes wider and prompt me to share these stories with you all. Therefore, each day until the end of the month, books that deal with the issues of Domestic Violence will be showcased on the blog.



What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other.

Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. It is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior that is only a fraction of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and in severe cases, even death. The devastating physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime. (via NCADV)

Our first guest, Author Vette Wilson, would like to share her story with you. She’s a survivor of domestic and sexual abuse and documented her experiences in her book, Visions of My Past.



Vette’s Story

Visions, tells my real life story of sexual and domestic abuse, mostly domestic. I was introduced to this way of life very early. After a while, I had gotten use to the beatings and the rape from my then boyfriend. After the death of my first born, 5 month old baby boy, I turned to cocaine and alcohol as a way to escape. I was only 15 when this all began. Each relationship after that seemed to go in the same direction: abuse, drugs, alcohol. Some I was prone to. I finally had gotten tired and with the birth of my 7th baby, I finally begin to fight back. I never knew my own strength. I escaped the hell I was living in and today I'm a published authoress, a single mommy of six and I have yet to end my story.



Q&A

What made you decide to share your experiences in your book to the world?
I decided to share my experiences because it was time. For so long I was a prisoner of my own past. I would harbor hidden anger, pain, regret and self-hate and that was unhealthy for me.

Everyone asks this question because they usually don’t understand why individuals stay with the abuser. In fact, most believe it’s so easy to just leave. Tell us, why did you decided to stay for the length of time that you did?
It was a mind control thing. In my book I word my reasons. Many that have read my story say it was low self-esteem but to judge my situation you'd have to walk in those shoes. I stayed because I was young. I was lost. I figured everything my abuser said to me as far as no one else wanting me or needing me was true.

What gave you the strength to finally leave?
After the death of my first son, that was a wakeup call. That was means my strength to escape the hell that he had created for me even the one that I had so seemingly created for myself.

How do you help support the cause of Domestic Violence Awareness?
By telling and sharing my story I hope to help many young girls and women who feel like they are alone. My story tells the raw and unheard sides of all forms of abuse and I've endured them all. This will show them that they are not alone.



The Book


Visions of My Past: Torn and Broken
Author Vette Wilson
Genre Women’s Fiction, Domestic Life
Publisher Diamante Publications
Print Length 176 pages
Publication Date October 14, 2016


Blurb

Between dealing with sexual abuse, alcohol, toxic relationships, and drama, I would often wonder whatever happened to my happily ever after? I guess this is what growing up in a dysfunctional family where sexual abuse and even rape were both part of my everyday life. Somehow, this cycle would continue as I entered into my teens and became a 15-year-old mother. I thought being beaten and pregnant by the father of my child had taken everything out of me, but that sadly changed when the death of my baby boy took what little spirit of hope I had left.

The encouragement of getting out of this nightmare suddenly settled within me, but it would forever leave me with the need to fill a void. His name was Elijah Romeno. He was much older and very married. I thought he loved me, but the mind of a child is so gullible. His love instantly turned into rage and at this point, I was finally convinced that my birth was no more than a curse.

Turning to drugs, sex, and alcohol as a means to escape the hell I had seemingly created for myself, I would continue to go left instead of right. As I sit and glance out the window I wonder will I ever get my happily ever after or should I let go of this false hope as the visions of my past continue to haunt my memory.


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Thank you Vette for sharing your story with us. I look forward to reading your book and hope that others will as well. I’m glad that you were able to get out of that horrible situation and are now an amazing mother and author. Take care sweetheart and you all please go show your support and purchase Visions of My Past: Torn and Broken.


If you or someone you know are in danger PLEASE CALL 911. For anonymous, confidential help, 24/7, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.7233.