I’m going to keep this short, since it’s all about Hui and Imani right now, as I’m focused on the marketing (ads and book trailer) prior to the release of this novel.
Leading off will be the interracial romance set in the world of ballet, HUI
It’s Saturday, so in addition to working on my writing I work on book promos. I found a great werewolf pic by Rhabwar Troll Stock. Since the artist gave permission on his site regarding usage (attribution in addition to other stipulations) I’ve paired it with a digital manipulation I’d done on the werewolf character of Andre Santana, who’s featured in several of my paranormal ebooks (Razher, American Werewolf and NIGHTSTALKERS)
Promo for the NIGHTSTALKERS:
To be continued . . .
I don’t believe in ambiguity when I edit a stock photo for a book cover, because African American women have long been under-represented in this area. Because I put together a number of cover models (from the many wonderful stock photos from some great photographers) I’m able to play match maker to see which models work together to help tell a story. Here are a few of my upcoming ebook covers:
What I’m up to: Switching between watching football, Bladerunner and Cowboys and Aliens
I’ve been writing a number of novellas that feature Asian and African American leads, so its time for an easier way to find them on this site. The side bar will have the ebooks I offer in this interracial romance category.
Also, I can’t thank readers enough for buying the ebook At Last.
I’ve got additional novels that feature leading men with disabilities, plus Torii and Ethan will be back in a follow up to their story. Read a brief excerpt from one of my upcoming books!
This is another post I’ll need to come back to, but in the meantime here are more edited photos I’ve worked on to promote my ebooks:
To be continued:
I wanted to put up an extended excerpt from a paranormal romance that’s ready for release, but I’ll have to come back and finish this post.
A few more edited photos for my growing romance picture gallery. Three out of the four stock photos had couples of the same race, so I changed the couples to interracial lovers. These photos will be used for my novellas:
After I release HUI, I want to make sure I have other romance books lined up with Asian leading males, so I’ve been working on additional stories:
I’m also working on spin-offs for my African American witch series:
This book has been quite a journey. My research included ballet, the culture and history of North and South Korea, The Korean War and its aftermath, Korean food and drink (baby mice wine is real, y’all). In addition, balancing the erotic romance elements with real world issues gave me pause. Love can’t cure everything, but this is a romance, so I went for a HFN (happy for now) instead of a HEA (Happily ever after). What I hadn’t counted on was the lack of visuals to help inspire my scenes. When I write, I have to “see” the characters. And there just aren’t enough stock photos with sexy Asian males. Especially Asian males in romantic scenes with a black female. So I had to create my own:
Jpegs for my new HUI gif promo
With HUI done, I’m going to release Confessions of a Shapeshifter next, because Andre Santana’s origin story is in that book. Andre’s now part of my NIGHTSTALKERS series:
NOT WITH THESE OH SO READY FOR PRIME TIME MALES:
Either one of the men below could be the face that launched a thousand ebooks. But finding a stock photo featuring a smoldering hot Asian male either means paying GETTY images an astronomical amount, or searching through stock image sites (which is what I’ve been doing) to find just the right model.
Here’s a naughty bit from my soon to released ebook HUI:
First, Serena Jameka Williams is GOAT.
Check out JK Rowling’s comeback on twitter to someone who tried to rain on Serena’s parade:
Serena’s WEARING that dress!! Look at those curves!
That Wimbledon women’s final had everything. High drama, an emotional roller coaster for both players. There were thrilling rallies and at times, brilliant shots. Yes, both players had a case of the yips. But it was the Wimbledon final, so I expected that. Garbine Muguruza is a rising star in tennis. I’ve been watching her progress, and her talent is undeniable.
A few more promos I’d worked on for my fictitious ballet sex symbol, Le Jong Hui:
One more excerpt before the book comes out:
If Hui wanted to impress her with this place he’d succeeded. From the time they stopped in front of a building with a wrought iron entrance and made their way to a top floor condo ─ a place that Hui said someone had graciously offered the use of ─ Imani’s eyes bulged at the décor and design.
Misty Copeland is now a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater:
“Even as her promotion was celebrated by her many fans, it raised all-too-familiar questions about why African-American dancers, particularly women, remain so underrepresented at top ballet companies in the 21st century, despite the work of pioneering black dancers who broke racial barriers in the past. And it showed how media and communications have changed in dance, with Ms. Copeland deftly using modern tools — an online ad she made for Under Armour has been viewed more than 8 million times — to spread her fame far beyond traditional dance circles, drawing new audiences to ballet.”
It took individuals both within and outside of ballet to publicly support Misty Copeland for this to happen, imho.
And let me also add: IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME. For more ballet trailblazers of color, please see this post: http://wikkidsexycool.com/2015/02/11/dance-trailblazers/
So, as I ready HUI for release, an ebook that features a fictional African American ballerina going for the Holy Grail like Miss Copeland, please take note that at this moment, Misty is the one and only. That’s right. For whatever reason, Miss Copeland is the only black woman in the role of principal dancer in a major US ballet company.
Outside of Meredith’s office a number of dance students lingered in the hallway, waiting for their classes to begin. Some used the walls to support their weight as they stretched. Others utilized the comfort of the crowded floor. Making her way among the maze of human parts, Imani was almost mowed down by a younger group of students bursting out of one of the classrooms. Their excited chatter and giggles reminded her of the tiny dance academy she’d once attended. It was encouraging to see the diversity of the group and their excitement at seeing her.
“That’s Imani,” she heard one little girl whisper to the others as if Imani was on the cusp of greatness. “She’s so beautiful! I wanted to come here after I saw her perform at my grammar school,” the same little girl said, apparently not realizing how far her voice carried.
Click the photo to be redirected to the excerpt page:
I’d planned for HUI to be released on the 15th.
My new goal is to have it out any day now, and that’s what I’m concentrating on.
In addition to the a first chapter excerpt found here. I’ve included a couple of brief excerpts from the book:
The very first woman he’d given his heart to was Nuri, his mother.
He loved her, not because she was exceptionally good or kind, but that she was resourceful. In a city where people were dropping in the streets from starvation, Nuri not only made sure they had food to eat, but that they shared their rations with others.
“See, your mother looks like a movie star in this photo,” his second mother, Eun-mi told him, her wrists shaking as she handled a black and white photo of Nuri. Posing in the large gathering space known as Kim-Il-sung square, Nuri could’ve passed for a flapper from some old Hollywood movie. Clothed in a long trench coat, Nuri’s mouth was darkened with lipstick and her teardrop shaped eyes appeared even larger, helped by liner that flared upwards from each eyelid. She wore a beret, so only the midnight curls framing her face could be seen. That small photograph shaded in black and gray was all he had to remember her by.
Each time his own eyes were enhanced with liner prior to a performance, Hui was reminded of her. Nuri’s beautiful heart shaped face was his face, and it had saved his life.
“Be glad that others can clearly see Nuri in you. This way, any man would be proud to call you his son,” Eun-mi had said. “Your mother had a talent of making friends of her enemies, and she has passed this gift on to you.”
Hui could no longer recall his Omma’s voice. But he had fond memories of walking along Kim-Il-sung square, marveling at the Grand People’s Study house, and the Juche Tower, a monument just across the Taedong river.
Of the five reviews three were so-so, one was glowing, and the last read more like an endorsement for Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova, after the writer compared Natalia’s version of Kitri to hers.
Still, this was one of the only times her name had been mentioned as a professional dancer. Imani was over the moon with happiness. But that last review . . .
“You’re thinking too hard on one review.” Hui told her.
Just finished watching Sloane Stephens defeat Queen V (Venus Williams) at The French Open. Sloane never gave up, so congrats to her on the win. Venus showed flashes of her old self, as she slowly makes her way back after battling an auto immune disease. At almost thirty five years of age, Venus looks GOOD. So does Serena. They were the inspiration for my new ebook that features a Jamaican tennis phenom who falls for her doubles partner.
The male mystique for WIKKID SEXY COOL books is alpha badass, compassionate, contrary, vulnerable and every thing a girl could want.
Whether its the coolly elegant hottie Tristan “Didi” Botha from Game.Set.Love.
Or the wisecracking and sexy Iann Bono:
Or the gorgeous but complicated ballet dancer Le Jong Hui:
When I became frustrated at the lack of stock photos featuring romantic interracial couples, I decided to create my own. Now I have a fair number of edited photos so I’m putting up a gallery on this site. I’ll be adding a sidebar that will be titled WSC Romance Image Gallery
After years of renting equipment, I’ve finally purchased two digital film cameras while doing tons of research on each manufacturer. With the proceeds from my ebooks I’ve been able to also equip each camera with accessories like filters, an external recording device (for footage backup) fast cards, batteries, rigging and lights, and most of all, the lens of my choice.
Though I’ll be splitting my time getting the film company off the ground, I will always be grateful to everyone who helped make this possible. And since it all starts with the written word, my creative spark continues to begin with writing
Old Cover New Cover
Old Promo New Promo
More cover creations:
I’d decided to hold off releasing HUI because there were some things I wanted to work on, for example the deep cultural belief of Han and Jeong. I did a lot of research for this book, but I’m mindful that the love story has to progress without being bogged down. Still, there are some things that are vital to the Korean culture that can’t be glossed over.
I only hope I’ve struck enough of a balance for you, the reader.
I also decided to change the cover for the New Adult book TWENTY before 20. Here’s the new cover:
I made another change, this time with the character of Genysis from the scifi ebook Miss Brighton’s School for Exceptional Young Ladies, so the character on the cover will also change:
Little Big Men:
I’m jumping back into the NA genre with a duology about a small town and the jocks at the center of a suspense filled love story.
Honoring the Past:
Original Photo of a black woman during the Victorian period:
Listening to: Sade’s Kiss of Life and Mariah Carey’s Sweet Fantasy. I loved the movie BELLE
So I used the film as inspiration for a Gothic erotic romance that spans several time periods. Excerpts from Ivy League and the dark fantasy Long Ago and Far Away will be up shortly.
I really enjoy creating ebook covers by pairing interracial couples together. I’ve got a number of new excerpts to put up, but here are a few new things I’m working on. I’m still deciding whether to make certain books serials (release a few chapters at a time on Amazon) or complete novels.
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.
My March Madness picks, plus one. Each novel is now .99 cents, and also available on Kindle Unlimited.
All my novels, whether YA, NA or Adult contain romance.
HEAVEN: A service dog transforms the lives of the teen inmate who trains her and the wounded marine who becomes her owner.
RUSH: Outlaw Motorcycle gang member falls for Somali Bantu refugee.
The Stone Boy: A girl witnesses the end of her parents marriage while beginning a tumultuous affair with a troubled boy
JUKEBOX volume one: Mid-west teens form an interracial singing duo in their small, still segregated town.
RAZHER: She wolf avoids an arranged marriage with the help of a Russian vampire and Chinese gargoyle.
The Player is currently on sale at Amazon.com. It’s also part of KU/Kindle Unlimited.
At Last, The Player and TAKEN are interconnecting stories that occur in the same timeline. The next erotic romance is about Sanai.
TAKEN is Sanai’s story, and readers get to see Harlow, Kyle, Torii, and Ethan work to get not only Sanai back on her feet, but ex-football player and Kyle’s brother, Scott McClure. I’ll have the first chapter up shortly.
Blurb: Sanai’s been almost fanatical in her pursuit of the man who got away. But all that stopped when she found out her competition was none other than her own sister. Overwhelmed by hurt, Sanai begins a downward spiral, forcing an unexpected suitor to step in. But is she ready to forgive and forget? Or will her need for revenge destroy any chance at happiness?
This is a short novella that will be released in April. Also, HUI will be out any day now.