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I think the last time I opened WordPress to write a post I noticed there had been an update. I got irritated and just closed the dang window with out posting. They moved all the buttons from one side to the other, changed the background color, and made the type smaller. Look, I can hardly see as it is. I need things to be where I left them, in a giant font, on a contrasting background. Okay?
But in all seriousness it’s been a while (a month, gasp) since I hopped on and said hi. How are ya? What have you been doing, reading, watching?
I’ve been working on a few extra curricular writing projects and reading like mad! After finishing Let the Lover Be by Sheree L. Greer I wanted to see what other things she’d written so I picked up a copy of Once and Future Lovers. It’s an excellent book of short stories. The overall theme is love. So the stories are funny, sad, thoughtful – all the emotions associated with wanting and being loved. The different voices in the book showed a wide range to Greer’s writing. Just as full bodied and poetic as LTLB. I can say I’m a dedicated fan of her writing for sure now.
I d-d-d-devoured season two of French Kissing by Harper Bliss. Y’all… It is so damn good, so dramatic, so everything that I was waiting for after sopping up season one like it was gravy on a plate! The series had me talking out loud, tweeting, crying. At one point I put my ipad down and walked away because I was pissed and sad and I thought I knew what was going to happen. But there were twists inside of twists. I love when a book does that to me.
If you’re looking for black lesbian BDSM, check out Zee Giovanni’s Savor Her. Giovanni’s writing catches me off guard in such a good way. It’s fresh, it’s intense, it’s empowering.
The writing will have you thinking about, and appreciating, kinks that you may have previously passed on. It’ll have you thinking, Oh, well maybe I could…
Another book worth mentioning is Girls Just Don’t Do That by Natalie Simone. I didn’t want to put it down. Great characters, moving story line, hot sex! I liked how easy it was to get into the book and care about the women and their individual situations.
So while I was reading and staying busy what were you up to? What books do you recommend I pick up next? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.
I love to read.
When I read a good book I’m reminded how much I love to read and why. I’m reminded of my mum reading to me when I was a kid and that awesome loving feeling that came with it. I’m reminded of genuine excitement and the rush of wanting to know what happens next.
Sitting down with a book is part escape, part education, part medicine, part whatever you need it to be.
Here’s the blurb:
Functional alcoholic Kiana Lewis is looking for a way out. Running away from the memories of her mother’s horrific death and her own dead-end existence, she decides to crash her ex-lover’s New Orleans wedding and put a stop to the whole thing. She arrives in the Big Easy to reclaim her old love, and hopefully, reclaim her own life.
Her plans are disrupted when she meets Genevieve Durand, a seductive and spiritual New Orleans native who challenges Kiana’s skewed sense of resolve and control. Spending time with Genevieve, just like drinking, offers Kiana moments of escape. But unlike the numbing effect of alcohol, the intoxicating Genevieve makes Kiana feel and think about things she’d rather not, like the death of her mother and the destructive ways she uses to cope.
On the brink of losing it all, Kiana must decide if she will reach for the next drink or if she’ll reach beyond herself to finally slay the demons driving her since childhood.
Sitting down with this book was part medicine, part reminder for me. I recognized parts of myself in this story. There was a time when I was drinking myself into oblivion to get by. My wife had just up and left with little explanation, made it clear that I would have to vacate our house… It was all just much too much to deal with sober.
So I could relate to the story. I was rooting for the main character Kiana to get her shit together and learn something. She is so likeable, so talented. She is human. Plus the story is well written with an ease about it that keeps the story flowing.
Here is my goodreads review if you are interested. It’s a great read. I mean black lesbians, N’awlins, love and pain, sex, forgiveness. You should definitely check out this book.
Good Monday Morning!
Did everyone have a good weekend? I hope so. I sure did. As I mentioned in my last blog post I went to Winston Salem Pride on Saturday and I had an amazing time! I took my Twin along and we walked around, nibbled on snacks, and watched a lot of great performers. There is something magical about drag queens. I absolutely become transfixed by their performances. It’s like an out of body experience almost! There were some MI’s also – Male Impersonators (that’s what the MC called them). I thought they were called drag kings. Did it change? Are drag kings and MI’s completely different? If you know something I don’t, drop me a line. Cos I’m intrigued by this. Anyway they were sexy and I found myself getting just as caught up in there performances as the drag queens.
The best part of the entire day was when one of the queens came on to perform and did the theme song from Lavern and Shirley (my friend and I about died!) Then, Then, she did the Julia Sugarbaker monologue from Designing Women… You know the one…”And that, Marjorie is the night that the lights went out in Georgia.” She did the entire thing! All of it! Well needless to say my friend and I died a thousand more times! It was too much for my little heart to take! And I’ll have you know we were the only two people doing the monologue with her. People were looking around like, “What is this?” One youngster asked me what it was from and I immediately felt like an old granny mcgranny. Oh, the youth… Anyway, I think we have a video of it. I’ll try to post it soon. Here are a few pics.
Also, also, also, I just emailed the winners of my first ever giveaway! Congrats to the lucky winners. I still have a copy of The Players (book 1) and a copy of All is Forgiven available. Inbox me, leave a comment below, tell me a joke, IDK, I’m not difficult.
I’m busting hump to get the third installment (Tight Five) of The Players finished. I’m in the second-ish round of edits and so far I LOVE IT! But I’m a little bit biased of course. 🙂
I do think once I get this one finished, I will put all three of them together and I might even do a print copy. No promises as to how soon that will be, but I think it will definitely be worth it.
Have a wonderful day! Don’t let the Monday’s get you down!
Happy Thursday Everybody!
Just wanted to give a shout out to all the newly married couples in NC! I’m so happy that my home state finally got its ish together! Love is winning so hard right now and it makes me feel all warm and gooey inside! Congratulations!!
Also Pride is this weekend in W-S, NC where I will be with friends! Coincidence? I think not. Even though I’m not the biggest fan of crowds (I get major panic when there are too many folks shoulder to shoulder) I’m eager to see how Winston does it! I hear it’ll be mad fun and I’m really looking forward to going.
In honor of Gay Pride weekend and the monumental step forward for marriage equality in NC I’m giving away three copies each of Gina’s Do-Over, All Is Forgiven, and The Players: Book One.
Click on the rafflecopter giveaway link below to enter
Have fun with whatever you’re doing this weekend, be proud, and Good luck!
The official release date for Take The Field is Monday August 25th (But if you go to amazon right now, it might even be available…I’m just saying…go there…I dare ya)
Here’s one of my favorite lines from Ki, the loose head prop, jokester and best friend to Janelle.
“Why did she have to be a caramel coated bombshell with perfect blonde hair?” #takethefield #Ki #book2 #playersseries
I’ll be sharing a few more of my favorite lines from the book later.
Wow! Didn’t we just do Monday? *Pokes person next to me* Excuse me, we already did this part. Lets go back to the weekend. I actually had to work my day job yesterday which was fine. It was mostly quiet until this Billy D. Williams wannabe came in to make a payment and thought it would make my day to flirt with me. Not the case. I hate to admit it but I broke out the finger wag and some eye roll realness on him. I wasn’t in the mood.
But today is looking pretty good. I hope it is for you as well.
Can I ask a favor from you?
You all know that reviews help writers reach more readers. And I would love to know what you all think of my stories so far. If you have a moment to write a review, I’d be really greatful. It helps other readers and me as well.
Here’s an email from a new reader D:
I usually don’t read short stories because I’m a greedy voracious reader. Your story however made me wonder if I have been doing myself a disservice.
It was well written and gripping and in entirety explosive so I guess it’s true dynamite comes in small packages. Thank you for making it available. You have a gift. Pls keep sharing.~D
Thank you so much, D! Waking up to that got my day started out on the right foot for sure. I really appreciate it.
I hope to have Take The Field (Book 2 of The Players) ready to publish near the end of the week (Mon/Tues of next week at the latest). I’m excited for it and for you to read it. It’s 18,000 words of lesbian emotions and drama.
Picking up where book 1 left off, the girls run into problems on and off the field. If they don’t learn to communicate things are bound to get out of control.
Also, new character Vieve adds a little something extra to the mix as well. She’s close to two of the players already and plans to get even closer.
Here’s a taste:
Vieve was one of the few that understood, really understood how Yaz liked to keep things light and casual. Vieve was the same way. Sexy and grown, and little bit wild, not trying to get tied down too soon—unless it involved a chair and some ice cubes. Yaz re-familiarized herself with Vieve’s features. Her bleached hair, wild and curly, framed her heart shaped face drawing attention right into her almond shaped eyes and down her neck. The blond looked good on her, made her look a little bit like Leona Lewis.
When Yaz pulled up to the bar Vieve walked over grinning like she knew a secret.
“Now, I’ve been back for a minute, how come I haven’t seen you in a while?”
“You know I stay busy. How you doin’?” Yaz reached out and planted her lips quickly on Vieve’s cheek. She still smelled like Yaz remembered. All heat, cinnamon, and temptation.
Vieve rolled her eyes playfully and opened a beer setting it down in front of Yaz before she could order and walked away to attend to another patron.
Stay tuned for more.