Witch . . . please
Witch . . . please
The Werewolf art is by rhabwar-troll-stock.deviantart.com, and you can view more of this artist’s work here
Check out a rock classic written by the founder and frontman of Thin Lizzy, the black Irishman himself, the late, great Phil Lynott (singing lead and playing bass) called The Boys Are Back in Town:
I also needed a smaller GIF for social media in order to promote HUI
“Bruh” saves the world
My sincere apologies for the week long silence. HUI should be out any day now for those readers wondering when Le Jong Hui and Imani Fairchild’s tale will be told.
HUI – an interracial romance set in the world of ballet
I’ve written a couple of books that feature teen witches (Damalia from RAZHER, Malia Toussaint from Boys ‘n Love and Magic). So once another story came to be, I figured it would be the perfect vehicle to introduce a trio of sexy, adult African American witches who reside in the present time period.
Renditions of the main male characters from OFFWORLD have been up for a while:
I’d searched all over for photos that best represented the men in the book, because I was still learning how to digitally edit photos.
Now that I’ve got the hang of it, I decided to post some of my own fantasy renditions of otherworldly African American women since we’re underrepresented in the Scifi and Fantasy genre:
I have to thank Jinni, who commented on Dear Author for this post. I didn’t realize there was a podcast discussing book covers with author Farrah Rochon. You can listen to it here:
But in the DA thread, I briefly mentioned how glad I was to see this cover:
Not only was I excited about this book, but my anticipation was building over JR Ward’s 13th novel which is going to feature the brothers Trez and iAm. There’s even a Goodreads thread with cover mock ups and GIFs showing all the excitement here
Then I got a look at the publisher’s new cover for The Shadows:
Was I disappointed? Yes. Inwardly I was like, forget it you big baby. That’s how it is with some major publishers. The ambiguity is so that the people who wouldn’t normally pick up a book with a person of color on the cover will feel more at ease, because you can’t really tell what the guy is (at least to my eyes). But this isn’t the Trez I recall from the novel.
Trez was described as dark brown with green eyes when he and his brother iAm were first introduced (their initial “duties” were another source of frustration though. Thankfully JR dropped the whole pimp and servant routine with Trez, who also waited hand and foot on Revenge). When I find the exact passage I’ll post it. So, what’s a reader and now a new author to do? Here’s my mock up of Trez. I like it so much, I think I’ll use it for one of my own covers. I also think another longer post with more historical examples and also delving into just why there’s resistance from the major publishers to put a person of color front and center on their covers still exists.
First an update on Aaliyah’s story from the sequel to RUSH.
I’ve found a stock image for the character of Amelle, though I don’t have my title for the book truly set yet. Right now I’m just calling it RUSH 2:
Aaliyah made a number of decisions in book one that affected her family and their standing in the Somali Bantu community. But more important, she strayed from her religion. Book two explores what the repercussions are and how she and Aiden deal with them. Aiden has questions and concerns regarding how close Aaliyah and Turk became while he was away, as Turk’s presence is still felt even though he’s nowhere to be found. That’s all I’ll reveal for now, but the Suicide Kings re-form with a surprising new leader.
Also nearing a release date:
The following New Adult Ebook Excerpts are free for downloading this weekend (Saturday May 10th and Sunday May 11th).
Here’s your chance to read about the volatile bad boy Derek Keane from the NA contemporary The Stone Boy:
JUKEBOX has The Burr Brothers, Eli and Johnny, two rockabilly teens who switch musical genres to perform as soul men, and along with the female classmate they both love, all three make history in the process.
That’s my tagline, and the very first sentence of my epic, Scifi multi-cultural romance QUEENSREALM.
Once I started with a powerful opening sentence, a major stumbling block was the prose that followed, which had to be just as riveting. Hopefully I’ve succeeded in doing just that. I began writing this book a few years ago, left it alone, then came back to it.
While the novel is done, I need to release RUSH before I send out the full ebook of QUEENSREALM. My tentative release date is May 15th (I say tentative, due to the demands of my 9 to 5). Marketing for this book will be much different for me, since the genre will include African American fiction, scifi and urban fantasy.
I’ve woven published modern scientific theories into the story and current goings on so that the premise isn’t so far fetched. And its also because I do love actual science.
But it’s also a futuristic look at the military, and a bleak, dystopian tale. And there’s no fade to black sex scenes. Not even with the aliens. To read the first chapter, please click on the photo.
While the Scifi Sampler is live, the free download won’t kick in until tomorrow, Dec 19th. The excerpts will be free from the 19th until Saturday, Dec 21st.
This weekend I hope to have up multi-chapter excerpts from Razher, Rise of the Gargoyles, Gaijin and RUSH on Amazon.com
It’s Download December, where readers can get early access to some of the new books coming out from wikkid.sexy.cool.com
Starting this week, multiple chapter excerpts will be available to download on Amazon. The excerpts will be in a variety of genres, from scifi, military, suspense, new adult and commercial fiction (with a romance and diverse characters at the core of each story)
A motorcycle gang protecting their territory
Refugees attempting to revitalize a run-down area
A deranged man determined to keep his loved ones imprisoned
It all begins and ends in a RUSH
TRY IT BEFORE YOU BUY IT!
Get a five chapter excerpt of The Stone Boy as a free download Monday (11/18) thru Wednesday (11/20).
If you enjoy the free preview, then you may want to read The Stone Boy New Adult novel. See how the love story between Nicole and Derek began before the sequel, The Stone Hero is released:
This free promo is coupled with a sneak peek of FURIES, a Paranormal Romance.
Murder. Betrayal. Fang envy. Even though the sequel to Razher has been pushed back until November, part two is on its way.
I’ll get a few excerpts up as soon as I can. There will also be an excerpt of the New Adult romantic suspense novella Before I Let Go up shortly:
Finishing up more editing on Queensrealm and The Queen of Comedy. It’s the battle of the sexes (Queensrealm) vs. A war of words between comedic relatives (TQOC). I’m debating whether to release OFFWORLD next, but first I have to get familiar with Amazon’s categories and key words for scifi, urban fantasy and scifi romance.
More ebook covers:
I have to share this poster from the new show Sleepy Hollow:
This new show, along with Ironside (starring Blair Underwood) Crisis (starring Lance Gross) Almost Human (starring Karl Urban and Michael Ealy) and the returning hit show Scandal (Kerry Washington, Columbus Short) will finally have more actors of color in leading or co-starring roles on television.
I’m also looking forward to Jonathan Rhys Myers as Dracula.
Working on: Tennis novella about doubles partners who fall in love
Character backstories are very important to me, so both leads have experienced the ups and downs in their professions. I hope to have an excerpt up soon.
The Stone Boy will be released this week.
Gotta share this tumblr post by way of Racebending.com:
How to categorize these ebooks on Amazon will be a challenge, so don’t be surprised to see them bouncing in several different categories once they’re released. For example, my daughter and I decided to put HEAVEN in both African American women’s fiction and also a sub category of teen fiction, because of the adult content. However, whenever Amazon changes its algorithms (like this week, when the site went down without explanation) after making a comeback up the charts, we’re now working hard to regain the traction we had before Amazon’s site snafu.
More sneak peek offerings to come, which include a five chapter excerpt of OFFWORLD:
Pictured: from left to right: Kadek No’am, Janhoy 1st Class. Upper right: The Child King, Tydaris Ridae, Cura Regis Divine. Lower right: Leonidas Sinclair, Man of Many Centuries
Credits for Steampunk model with braids: wardrobe and styling: Kit Stolen.
Steampunk model with leather mouth piece: Famke Backx, photographer
Goggled hat Steampunk model: inhauscreative photography
Download a free eight chapter excerpt from Confessions of a Shapeshifter this
Saturday Sunday, August 10th August 11th and Monday, August 12th.
A Victorian Era Vampire and a newly turned Werewolf search for the kidnapped Djinn they both love, in Confessions of a Shapeshifter
From the excerpt:
Devastatingly handsome, sexy as hell. A chick magnet, and he was hanging out at her restaurant. Thank you God. But he was scowling at her when he spoke. “Where were you yesterday?”
She wanted to say Excuse me? That’s none of your damn business. But she didn’t. That kind of courage wasn’t in her. Plus she needed this job. So she just smiled and shrugged her shoulders, pulling out her waitress pad to take his order.
He’d seen the flash of hurt in her eyes when he questioned her, so Julian’s tone was softer this time. “I was worried about you, so I made inquiries. They said you took the day off. Is everything well at home?”
What kind of answer was that? Julian sat upright, a huffy expression now on his face. He toyed with the eating ware that had been placed on the table. It was stainless steel, not the pure silver he was used to.
“Not to your liking M’lord?” she asked, smiling even broader at his pained expression.
Her god awful cockney accent, even in jest produced a deeper frown this time. “Aria, really, you must learn-” he began, as if about to give a student a stern lecture. He stopped in mid-sentence, realizing he was doing it again. Sounding too authoritarian. He shifted in his chair and his voice dropped to a whisper. “I’ll…I’ll just have coffee please. Espresso.”
Okay. Cool. She could work with that. Except… “Don’t you ever get hungry? I mean, you sit here all day but you never order any food.”
“Would you like me to?”
The free six chapter download for The Stone Boy ends tomorrow. The excerpt is paired with a sneak peek of FURIES.
Currently working on: Promo materials for QUEENSREALM.
Here’s the new cover:
“The tyranny of man must be defeated by the treachery of Woman” – Amerikka X, shortly before her death
What is QUEENSREALM? Well, it’s a dystopian tale of earth, where man and woman are at war. There’s a virgin alien hero, a reluctant leader, a homicidal child, and lots of sex and betrayal.
I’ll have more promo material up shortly.
To read the excerpt, please click here.
Read an excerpt from FURIES with a bonus excerpt included
These are the main male leads in FURIES:
See the girl in the foreground, the one in front? That’s how I felt yesterday:
Last night I worked on channeling those emotions into a new YA series. ‘Cause that’s what I usually do when I’m upset. I try to be creative.
I even made up a tag line: The Damned don’t cry, they just get even
Anyway, I’ve written about five chapters so far. The girls on the cover are sisters. I’m thinking of releasing it as a serial, because there are too many other books that are ahead of this one ready for release. That’s about all I’ll say for now, except WRITE ON.