Wanna get your chat on???

No Sample Sunday today, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have something for you!

Tomorrow is the last day to enter the contest to win an eBook copy of Lonely Heart (Book 3 of The Butterfly Memoirs) on the day it releases! That date will be announced on Tuesday, October 1st,  along with the winner! Good luck!

Contest and interview with Brian and Ebony of A Heart Not Easily Broken! 

This evening I will be participating in a phone chat with the Real Readers Real Words Facebook group! This should be a lot of fun! If your not a member of the 3RW, no worries! You can still participate! Call and listen in! If you have questions you’ve been dying to ask, post them to my Facebook Author Page and I’ll try my best to answer them on the air!

7:30 PM EST!!! 605-475-4000 code 126643#

Hope to ‘see’ you there!


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Have you heard of AuthorsDB? If not, you have to check this out!

adb_badgeRecently, I was directed to a website that offers free author promotions. In the digital age of Indie authors, it’s up to us to find ways to promote our work in order for our creative voices to be heard by millions of readers. I’ve signed up for a variety of sites, but this one in particular stands out from the rest.

Have you heard of IMDb (Internet Movie Data Base)? They are the biggest source of information regarding television shows, movies, and actors. AuthorsDB is the same, except that its a  Data Base for finding authors on the web. This site  not only allows you to post your biography, books, blurbs, and sales links, it also gives you the freedom to share every available social networking sites your connected to, list your publisher information, and share specific details about your books. The site also offers services for authors, contests, and even shares your information across the web via Twitter, Facebook, and the other major sites where readers can be found! Did I mention this service is FREE?????

Interested? Stop by and visit my page. And while your there, I’d appreciate your support in a book cover contest that is being held. I’ve submitted both covers, you can see the samples on the right hand side of your screen. Take a minute and cast a vote. I’d love the support! Don’t forget to ‘Like’ and ‘Share” the page as well.

Vote for A Heart Not Easily Broken Cover           Vote for Jaded Cover

I hope you find this tip helpful. Good luck with your book promotions!




Jaded – Book Two of The Butterfly Memoirs Blog Tour!

Welcome to the Jaded Blog Tour!!!

I don’t know who’s more excited…me, readers, or the characters!

Today marks the release of the second novel in The Butterfly Memoirs Series….YAY!!!! For those of you who have followed me for the past year, and have read A Heart Not Easily Broken, you have met Yasmine Phillips. Throughout the novel, she came across to many as confident, a bit loose, and stuck on herself. By the end of the novel, she was a devastated woman left to pick up the pieces from a relationship she thought was real. A lot of readers thought her reaction to learning about Ebony and Javan would be different based on the way she’s depicted.

But as they say, never judge a book by its cover.

And now it’s time to pull back the cover of Jaded

Autumn landscape

A devastating breakup leaves Yasmine Phillips in shambles. Unable to trust another man with her heart, she focuses on the one thing she can control—starting her own business.

When her computer crashes, taking months of hard work with it, she must rely on computer genius Zachariah Givens to save her. A complete opposite of men from her past, she doesn’t expect the passion that ensues. But just as she finds happiness, she learns the truth about the other women in Zachariah’s life.

 And of course with the new book comes a CONTEST!!!!

Follow this link to the Jaded Blog Tour Schedule and Contest Information! 

Good luck and thanks for your support!!!


A HEART NOT EASILY BROKEN: The Blog Tour is over, but the contest lives on…for the next few days!

That’s right! The tour is over, but the contest still has a few more days. In order to win an AUTOGRAPHED COPY of A HEART NOT EASILY BROKEN, you must follow the guidelines and live within the United States. Visit this post for the contest details. The contest ends on October 3rd. The winner will be announced on my blog and contacted via email on October 5th. Good luck everyone!

And now  I must shout out all of the wonderful authors and bloggers who helped me put together my first blog tour….without you guys, my first release would not have seen the success it has!

Much love and thank you goes to:
Carolyn Arnold
Donna McBroom-Theroit
Debbie Brown
Candace Shaw
Delaney Diamond
Sharon C. Cooper
Manuscript Proofing
Carmen DeSousa
Chicki Brown

Thanks also goes to these wonderful bloggers/blog sites:
Warrior Princess Romance Writer
My Writing Journey
Chicks Who Love to Read

Now for the tour highlights!

September 20th saw the release of my debut novel. Within hours it broke into the Amazon Multicultural Romance Bestseller list and has been moving up and down the chart ever since. It feels good being in the top 100 as an unknown! At last check, it had broke onto the first page at #19! (The numbers change hourly, but who cares! It’s the fact that it got that far that counts!)

On September 28th, it broke into the Literature & Fiction>United States>African American Bestseller list and at last check, topped out at #48! (again, the numbers change hourly)

I also earned the Celebrating Authors All-Star status from CelebratingAuthors.blogspot.ca for the having one of the most read author features! My book cover and the link to the post are listed on the side bar of the site. That is so cool!

Within three days of it’s release, I received my first official review from an enthusiastic reader who messaged me on Facebook and told me she’d be staying up until midnight to purchase the book, and let me know the next day that she was reading. By Sunday she was through and shouting our her praises in my first ever book review. It received a whopping 5 Stars! My favorite part:

“Chapter one till the end you will find this novel a captivating excellent read. How this author was able to do this was simply a work of art.”-Goodreads Review

My eyes water every time I read that. Suddenly, four years to reach this point doesn’t feel like it was that long!

(I will be posting a new page with snippets of reviews soon. Look for the page at the top of the screen.)

In the last couple of days I have received emails and direct messages from authors wanting to know what I did to reach bestseller on day one. Honestly, I don’t know. I’ve worked, planned, asked for and received help from authors with more experience than I have and followed the advice and direction of my team. And work, lots of hard work, tears, many pots of coffee, lots of candy bars, and untold hours of missed sleep.

Sounds like a lot of fun, right? Oh yeah, but believe me, there were times I seriously wondered (especially when I was crying) why on earth I even attempting to be published in the first place. What was wrong with just reading someone else stories? No stress, no headaches, and the only reason I’d miss sleep would be because I was too wrapped up in their tales. But then one of my characters would hold out a hand, help me back up, and encourage me to keep going. My family continued to tell me they believed in me, and then I knew I would not be able to give up because if I did, I not only would be letting myself down, they would be let down too.

Now every time they look at me, they smile, which means I’m smiling too!

So, what’s next?

More work of course!!! Now is time to find a new balance in my life. Along with being a mom and wife, I can officially add published author to my many titles. I am also now an official director of my local writer’s group held at, where else, my local library! Then there is learning how to balance promoting my book with editing the next one. Keeping up fresh blog content and continuing to promote and support my fellow authors at 5 Prince Publishing along with the numerous other authors I become friends with along the way. I swear, I have learned so much in the last four years that one day, I am going to write a book about it…….hmm, not a bad idea!

Anyways, stay tuned folks, strap on your seat belt and get ready for the ride! Until the next time! WRITE WELL!!!

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Announcing the Blog Tour for A Heart Not Easily Broken!

I am proud to announce the official blog tour to celebrate the release of my debut novel, A Heart Not Easily Broken!!!
Starting the day of the eBook release, September 20, 2012, there will be numerous interviews over various blog sites on the web. The tour will end September 28th, 2012. Follow the tour to learn about me, how I started writing, why I write, the creation of the characters and the Butterfly Memoirs series! Along the way there will be character interviews, deleted scenes, and sneak peeks into the novel itself!
But wait, there’s more!

I will also be holding my FIRST CONTEST!!!  And who doesn’t love a contest!

In appreciation for all of the support I’ve received during my writing journey, I want say thank you for the encouraging comments and feedback! As a bonus for taking the time to visit these blogs – and showing the blog host some love – I will be giving away an AUTOGRAPHED COPY of the paperback version of A Heart Not Easily Broken!
That’s right! For all of you who still love the smell of a paperback book, feeling the weight of it in your hand, and having it displayed on your book shelf, someone is going to win one!

(But if you can’t wait until October 4th to get that paper back, download a FREE KINDLE APP and grab your eBook copy today!!!!)

The contest rules and directions will be posted on both this site as well as the home for The Butterfly Memoirs Series. I will be shouting out reminders daily as well has posting all the host links so that if you miss a day you will still be able to catch up!
By the way, if you don’t have an eReader and would like to purchase the book the day it releases in eBook format, don’t fear!!! Did you know that you can download FREE KINDLE APPS for your laptop, iPad, Tablet, and Smartphones? There’s even one that allows you to read on your browser! And they are all FREE!! Follow this link and find out how you can get one of these free applications, then got to Amazon and purchase the novel! (On release day, Septmeber 20th!)  I promise you’ll be glad you did!

Until later, Happy Reading!


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