In addition to writing and editing, I enjoy creating visuals.
So I’m starting a new feature on this site, titled “Character Pages” which will feature some of the graphic novel art for my paranormal couples. Links and content to some of the Character Pages should be up soon. In the meantime:
The Stone Sentry, Karnage Xian has fallen hard for a witch named Pagan.
This talented artist’s full name is Chumak Vladislav and more of his work can be found here: https://www.cgtrader.com/vld-chk
The Wheel of Time is also The Wheel of Fine imho, due to the diversity of the main characters and attractiveness of its cast:
“I think all the characters in soul and personality are very true to the books. That’s the thing that Rafe has accomplished” – Brandon Sanderson
Season One is on Amazon Prime now.
Love this photo!!
Three Women. Three Witches with three different tales on life as a supernatural.
Their stories are coming soon.
Lilith is from West Africa. I didn’t create the animated flying birds. Attribution for that GIF is Mr.EvilBoy (name is also in the bottom left corner of this combined GIF). Lilith’s face in this promo is inspired by the beautiful Ethiopian model Senait Gidey.
YES, I have new books coming out.
Thank you readers, for your patience.
This stunning background illustration was created by Dietrich01 from PIXABAY.COM
Link to Lothar Dieterich’s PIXABAY page with more of his work:
Congrats to the American Gymnastic teams, especially the women. I’m so proud of Simone Biles for listening to her inner voice and speaking up for herself. And I’m so happy USA won silver in the team competition!
More on Sunisa Lee and the Hmong community here:
Big Congrats to Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade! She won gold and silver, and made history as the first gymnastic medal winner for her country. I really love this photo of her on the balance beam:
New adult erotic romance on the way:
Find a man who looks at you the way Rikh ki looks at Lolo:
Find a woman who looks at you the way Lolo looks at Rikh ki:
What an NBA finals game five last night! The Phoenix Suns vs The Milwaukee Bucks
Fear the Deer indeed. In the final seconds, that steal, the lob, the alley oop. Giannis posing for the camera after the basket:
My erotic paranormal cast:
Yuri is Lilith’s love interest. The crown prince Machiavelli Faust was introduced in a much, much earlier book called RAZHER, but that book is in the young adult genre:
After I released RAZHER on Amazon and prior to my mom’s cancer, I’d started writing an erotic interracial paranormal featuring witches, vampires and gargoyles.
The inspiration for Karnage’s promo came from one of my favorite shows, LUPIN, starring Omar Sy on Netflix:
I’ve been busy writing and editing, so the blog has been silent.
More graphic novel promos from my black witches series are in this post.
I happened to see a fantastic sports graphic design of Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs by Hoops, and I loved the composition and colors so much I tried to re-create it for my fictional basketball player:
Congrats to Baylor (mens basketball) and Stanford (womens) for their NCAA title wins this year.
Shoutout to the original artist named syaifulptak57 from Indonesia. Illustrators and Photographers post royalty free creations on Pixabay. They don’t require attribution, but its only right to give credit where credit is due. Here’s the original artwork from syaifulptak57 that I edited in order to create the above GIF for Lilith:
If anyone knows the original author of this GIF please let me know:
Found it on Pinterest and Twitter but without an attribution.
Lilith makes an entrance:
Lilith is from West Africa. Ondine is from the US. Pagan is from England.
The name of this erotic paranormal series won’t be revealed yet:
My next books will feature South Asian leading males:
Chadwick’s stellar acting as Jackie Robinson in the film 42 deserves mention as well. Sadly, Chadwick’s life was cut short by cancer, a disease that claimed my mom a few years ago. Marvel announced that the role would not be recast for Black Panther II, which is a fitting tribute to Chadwick’s legacy.
So, how can Marvel honor Chadwick and continue T’Challa’s story? Well, how about introducing his son Azari, the child T’Challa had with his ex-wife Storm?
The Project: Create a short graphic novel that combines several of my upcoming ebook characters and crosses literary genres.
Here’s how the above scene will be on Page 2 of the graphic novel:
First thing – The Boys are back! This is a scifi anti-Superhero show on Amazon Prime Video featuring three of my favorite actors, Karl Urban, Laz Alonzo and Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito
Here’s the original:
The Boys are based on a popular graphic novel of the same name.
Since I create ebook promos, I decided to give my trio of witches Lilith, Ondine and Pagan the graphic novel treatment. Here’s a sneak peek at Pagan’s comix:
My Sex and the Single Paraplegic Series continues with Emmanuel and Christian’s virtual love affair.
She’s a baddddd girl. And he’s more than willing to be her bad boy.
The main female lead is named Shan Cai.
“Meteor Garden is the classic love story; rich boy (Dao Ming Si) falls for poor girl (Shan Cai) and obstacles ensue.” -IMDB description
Each version is based on the blockbuster manga BOYS OVER FLOWERS by Yoko Kamio
I watched the 2018 version first, then the South Korean version titled Kkotboda namja (2009) “Boys Over Flowers.” Loved Min-Ho Lee as the rich thug Joon Pyo who falls for the poor student named Jan Di. His hairdo reminded me of the late, great Prince:
Leading lady Hye-Sun Ku portrayed Jan-Di, the “Shan Cai” of the Korean version.
Haven’t seen the Japanese version yet, but I hope to view it soon.
I thought the 2018 remake was good, as there were some much needed updates done on the story.
Then I saw the 2001 version with Jerry Yan, Vic Chou, Vanness Wu, Barbie Hsu and Ken Zhu, via You Tube.
Until I view the Japanese version, Barbie Hsu is the best Shan Cai imho. There’s bullying and violence, gaslighting, in short no matter which version please don’t let kids or teens watch without adult guidance.
The 2001 version is my favorite. One of the reasons is below:
Back in 2001 the Taiwan version at least included a black woman with the “player” of the group, Xi Men. She didn’t have any lines, and her screen time was brief, but still . . .
NetFlix has Meteor Garden 2018 and Boys Over Flowers 2009, while YouTube has Meteor Garden 2001. All versions have English subtitles.
Y’all can thank Ero Mei from Tik Tok
for a sizzling video @AmandaRosenberg posted on Twitter:
i am ATTRACTED pic.twitter.com/iVvBlCopxz
— Amanda Rosenberg (@AmandaRosenberg) July 11, 2020
UPDATE: The twitter video has been made private. Here’s a link to the original Tik-Tok video:
So, showing more South Asian luv, my entangled IR couples with ebooks coming out:
Readers, if you enjoy a slow building romance, beautiful cinematography, exquisite costume and set design, then The Rise of Phoenixes may be just the show to binge on.
It’s a story of “power, desire, lust and love among people of different kingdoms in ancient China” per IMDB
All 70 episodes are on Netflix. While reading subtitles may not be for everyone, at least you can hear the actors original voices the way they intended their character portrayal to sound, and not an overdub.
Kun Chen is the handsome, cunning son Ning Yi, who’s sixth in line for the throne. His title is the Prince of Chu, and his love interest is Zhi Wei (played by Ni Ni), a beautiful young lady of modest means who rises in the Emperor’s court.
I laughed and cried while watching this show (I usually re-watch it during the weekends) and highly recommend it.
Readers, I hope this post finds you and your loved ones safe and well.
I pray for us all.
My upcoming NCAA basketball love story:
Meet Yul Sukari, All American. A southeast asian leading man and athletic marvel. Yul has one goal in mind, and that’s to play in the NBA.
But what happens when transfer student Rhea Chappelle doesn’t fall for the big man on campus? Is playing for the NBA still number one on Yul’s list, or is numero uno now all about winning Rhea’s heart?
College basketball season is winding down, but I’m ramping up with new books that feature female players:
Emanuelle is a character who continues my Sex and the Single Paraplegic Series. The first book featured Torii and Ethan in At Last:
My other basketball heroine:
Her love interest:
Erotic Interracial Romance:
Ballerina Misty Copeland spoke up regarding the practice of blackface/brownface in her profession. Please read her powerful thoughts, as well as a first person testimony from dancer Dana Nichols, who tells a compelling real life experience of being dressed in blackface for a performance.
It takes courage to speak up in a society where the concerns of minorities are sometimes ignored, laughed at, or challenged as being overly sensitive. I commend both these brave women.
Here’s Misty Copeland’s response to this continued practice:
While Misty Copeland is getting support for speaking out she’s also getting some very ugly, racist responses that condone this “tradition.” Check out an example of the responses (many in Russian) on her Facebook page:
Here’s dancer Dana Nichol’s first person account in Dance Magazine:
“I must have been the only dark-skinned person to have been in a Mariinsky production. The women in charge weren’t sure what to do with me. I saw the white dancers around me covering themselves in the brown paint and distinctly remember being at a loss for words because it was so bizarre. It was especially the red lipstick traced around the mouth that disturbed me. I remember looking down at the paints and trying to figure out what they had to do with me. All I could manage to say was, “Do I need this?”
I became that thing in the room that no one had ever had to confront.”
Damn. While I’ve never been through this kind of experience, I’ve had my share of uncomfortable and cringe worthy life dramas. Most of them had to do with being a female and a female of color.
Speaking up always contains a risk. But not speaking up can also weigh heavily, even years later. Again, I thank them both, and all others who decide to question or challenge harmful “traditions.”
CNN has an article on the response to Misty Copeland’s Instagram post:
“After legendary ballerina Misty Copeland called out the Bolshoi Theatre for its use of blackface in performances, the theatre told Russian state-run media that it would continue the practice despite the criticism. . . ”
I can only hope that conversation continues regarding this hurtful practice. I’m not naive to think it will completely stop. But this could be a teachable moment.