Tuesday, July 30, 2013


It's been hot summer. I mean, HOT!

Allow me to share a few of my hot summer memories.

You get the idea of my definition of HOT? The best part is I never left the comfort of my home. Nope, these hot bodies were sent to me while I had my feet propped  up, a glass of Moscato in hand and a few popsicles when I had the urge to suck something cold and hard. 

Where did they come from? I'm so happy you asked. Members of my Facebook group, The Book Palace, we call them Gems & Gents, would send them by for a brief visit. The Book Palace is where we come together to discuss books, current events and support each other in anyway we can. To take a break from the trials of everyday life, we have an event on the 1st Friday of every month called PAD, Palace After Dark. 

Rules are set aside, a topic is selected and the floor is open. We have guest host to join us and they facilitate the discussion. In June we had Ms. Loretta R. Walls who facilitated  Setting The Mood discussion. We picked up on a few ideas surrounding when, where and how to get ready for that special date night. In July we had Ms. Cheris Hodges, who facilitated the discussion on Toys, Boys, and Toys. Lessons were definitely taught that night. I'm still waiting for my supply of toys to come in.

If you find yourself sitting home one Friday night, stop by The Book Palace. Be sure to bring your favorite cold beverage and a comfortable chair. Some of these conversations are go into the next day. 

Next up, at The Palace, Kianna Alexander. Her topic? Keeping Your Sexy Alive- When Life Interferes.

Come visit The Palace After Dark, where the grown and sexy meet the uninhibited.

Until the next time,
August 20, 2013



Friday, July 26, 2013

Travel...Are The Events Worth It?

Hello lovely ones! Summer is passing by quickly and tons of books have been released. Did you do any travelling this season? Well, that’s our topic of this blog.
Travel…how far are loyal readers and new ones willing to go in the quest of meeting an author? Does distance matter? In this economy, we all want or like some sort of bargain, whether it’s a few cents off gas or an ice cream coupon. Some readers carpool to another state to meet the goal. Others fly out to different coasts to make it happen.
After attending a nicely organized event, meeting familiar and new authors, can you say it was worth the money? Did you have a good time? The experience is what matters in the end. Most authors take pictures and allow the readers to freely discuss their work.
Some of the most recent events that have taken place were in Sacramento, California at the West Coast Reader's Retreat and in Harlem, New York at the Harlem Book Fair.
If you're in the Richmond, Virginia area, an event coming up is the Emerald Authors Showcase on Saturday, August 3, 2013. This event is being hosted by Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. Gamma Delta Chapter.
Featured authors include: Stacy Hawkins Adams, Iris Bolling, Bridget Midway, Latisha Patterson, Kemba Smith, Patricia Mills, and Loretta R. Walls.
The event is free admission to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Trinity Life Center 3601 Dill Road, Richmond, VA 23222
We hope to see you there, ready to enjoy the experience!
Rule your day!
Loretta R. Walls, Author of "The Majestic Dynasty"
#HOTMAMA #nucherte

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Summer reading and writing

This summer, I'm determined to catch up on my reading and of course keep up with my writing. A lot of my favorite authors have released books this summer that are page turners to say the least.
Here's what I've read so far:

Decadence by Eric Jerome Dickey.

Four years have passed since the events of Pleasure, and Nia’s success as a writer has grown, bringing her from Atlanta to Los Angeles. But she remains on a quest to quiet her inner storm, to draw on her well of emotions and explore them fully before leaving this season of her life and moving on to what could be the next stage: marriage and motherhood.

Drawn to an exclusive pleasure palace, where patrons try on roles as they actively shun their respective realities, Nia’s ability to balance truth and fantasy becomes increasingly blurred. What has happened to the compartments she has so carefully created for the different aspects of her life? Will her relationship with the mysterious, often unavailable Prada survive the countless temptations? Will her successful literary career be given over to impulse indulgence? Does decadence know any bounds?

When Nia’s past comes back to mingle with her present, and when her staid public persona clashes with her fantasy life of decadence, readers will be stunned by the outcome. Eric Jerome Dickey’s newest tale of excess—and its sky-high costs—is a thrilling portrait of a glittering world.

Never Say Never by Victoria Christopher Murray

When Miriam’s fireman husband, Chauncey,
dies while rescuing students from a school fire, Miriam feels like her life is
over. How is she going to raise her three children all by herself? How will she
survive without the love of her life? Luckily, Miriam’s sister-friend Emily and
Emily’s husband, Jamal, are there to comfort her. Jamal and Chauncey grew up
together and were best friends; Jamal and Emily know they will do all they can
to support Miriam through her grief. Jamal steps in and helps Miriam with the
funeral arrangements and with her children, plus he gives her hope that she has
a future. But all the time that they spend together—grieving, sharing, and
reminiscing—brings the two closer in ways they never planned. . . .

Graye by Deborah Fletcher Mello

Disrupting what should have been a joyous family celebration, Graye McAdams celebrates his mother’s birthday by shooting his best friend Tate Butler. Killing his wife Angelette had been next on his list, but fate had other plans for Angelette McAdams, a desperate young woman searching for her own worth and value.

Graye’s mother, Miss Jen Pearl has lived Angelette’s desperation, having walked in the girl’s shoes with Graye’s father, Otis McAdams. Miss Jen Pearl has answers learned from her own mistakes and as she reflects on what she didn’t do, she’s able to guide Angelette in a better direction. But intent on retribution for Angelette’s sins, Graye has plans of his own for his adoring wife, ignoring his own transgressions in the process.

Hot Mamas AlTonya Washington and Loretta R. Walls have me about to miss deadlines as well.
Taboo Tree by AlTonya Washington

Rivalries, secret romances and scandals fed the feud between the Gwaltneys and Augustines for decades. The two families shared an uneasy co-existence, until terrible tragedy touched the Gwaltneys. Years later, the two eldest Augustine children, chose to chart their family history. In doing so, they made a devastating discovery. Their family shared more than hatred with the Gwaltneys. They shared blood. The kids decided to cover the explosive revelation. The decision would have consequences none of them could have foreseen. Many years later, tragedy struck again. History would repeat itself as new romances bloomed amidst the pain of the loss and vows for revenge. The truth would have to be revealed. Whether the secret would ruin the families forever or finally unite them, was a chance they would have to take.
Sagacity by Embue (Loretta R. Walls)

Ferndell Payne is a "PK" also known as a "Preacher's Kid," which carries a weight most couldn't understand. Pastor Calvin and First Lady Londa-Jean Payne are looked upon as pillars in the City of Richmond, Virginia, yet their daughter has a sexual habit that could rock their community. Upon twisted fate, Fern encounters a man that could change everything. Pressure, finger-pointing and a chance at love...can it justify...Sagacity.

Zane by Brenda Jackson

No woman walks away from Zane Westmoreland. But when Channing Hastings does just that, it leaves the rancher reeling—and then she returns to town, engaged! Zane will do whatever it takes to show her that there is no man for her but him.

And I'm still writing a thousand words a day. I'm trying my hand at woman's fiction because I have this character, Mimi Collins, who is not going to find a happily ever after. Last night, she found musty balls. I'm still laughing at that scene.
 Happy summer and happy reading. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Let Me Share a Secret...

One question I hear often from aspiring authors is Ms. Angie, how long does it take you to write a book? Well, that really depends on what type of book I'm writing. Romance? Mystery? Women’s  fiction?

A romance takes sixty days.

My secret is…, I just simply do it. I handwrite an outline then I sit in front of my computer and I get started nonstop. And I do mean nonstop. No editing. No rereading. Nothing. Nada. Zip. The rule is, I’m not allowed to read what I have written until it’s over. By doing that, I free myself to focus on just one thing. Writing. And go at it HARD. Of course the book is extremely rough. Sometimes there is nothing but dialogue for pages, but at least this way I have a general idea of the scenes, how long the story is going to be, and how many love scenes are going to be required. LOL. If I have a chapter I’m not feeling, I just write a few lines then type NEED TO FINISH ANGELA! (by the way, no one calls me Angela but my mother) in big letters, then I move on to the next scene. By doing that I am able to flesh out an entire book in thirty days. Yes. 30 days. Afterwards, that’s when the rewrites begin.
Writing isn’t supposed to feel like work. It should be fun. So as an author you have to find ways to make the experience enjoyable like I do. And as a result, I have the best job in the world.


Friday, July 12, 2013

Music to my ears

Hello my lovelies,

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel for the contemporary interracial BDSM erotic romance novel I'm working on for the "Wrapped Up: A Corseted Event with Bridget Midway and Yvette Hines." The novel will be called Licorice Whips, and it will be through Phaze Books in November 2013. People who come out to the event on November 9th will get the book before anyone else. Doesn't that make you feel special?

As I'm writing the novel, I often will pull inspiration from songs. Oftentimes songs will set a mood for me. Or a lot of times, I can use the singer's voice to imagine what the character's voice will sound like. For Licorice Whips, I imagine the hero named Sweet Hawkes to look like Bradley Cooper.

For the heroine, Nikla Dearwood, I imagine her looking like the actress Paula Patton.

Hot couple, right? So for a hot couple like this, I need to listen to the appropriate music, especially since it's a romance, and especially because it's a BDSM novel. Because the hero owns and operates a candy store, I wanted a song that would work to express the sensuality. No, not Bow Wow Wow's "I Want Candy" or Foxy Brown's "I Taste Just Like Candy" or even Cameo's "Candy." No, I went for Suzanne Vega's "Caramel" especially since caramel was used in a crucial scene. I'll just leave it at that.

Of course the hero has to learn to trust the heroine. In the process, I figured my hero would come to a point where he and the heroine are on the same page. For that moment, I like Lenny Kravitz's "I Belong to You."

My heroine has to come to grips about this new lifestyle she's been introduced to thanks to the hero. As you can imagine, she starts to feel more sensual. For her, Beyoncé's "Naughty Girl" comes to mind.

So what do I listen to when I'm writing the BDSM scenes? Mainly it's Nine Inch Nails and early 90's Madonna when she was in her shocking sex phase (think "Human Nature" and "Erotica"). What it comes down to is that anything that can help me craft a great story, I'll use it.

So you authors, what kind of music or what songs do you listen to when you look for inspiration?

Stay sexy,

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Let The Summer Madness Begin!

Hi, Y'all,
We're back from summer hiatus, and as Founding Mama, it's my job to get this summer thing started with a bang. I hope you had a lovely Fourth of July. I enjoyed a very small cookout at my home in Middle of Nowhere, North Carolina, attended by a total of eight people, myself included. What can I say, I like my summer gatherings as laid back and low-key as possible.
I wish I could say I've eased into summer, with a cool lemonade in one hand, and a notebook and pen in the other. This, unfortunately, is not the case. My six year old is out of school, and even though I've been dealing with my three year old all school year, the two of them together is too much, honey! My son is now co-signing his little sister's foolishness. She can't reach something she's not supposed to have? He gets it for her. She can quite open the door to the room she's not allowed in? Her brother rips it open with his super strength. Lordy, lordy. They are really putting a damper on my summer writing mojo.
Still, I will have respite, in a way. In about a week, I'm leaving for the Romance Writer's of America national conference. It's being held in Atlanta this year, the closest it's been to me in years, so I coughed up the registration fee. I intend to do as much networking and learning as I can, without damaging my fragile sanity. I've scheduled daily "decompression" breaks into my trip, so I can sit myself down, take a breath, and chill before I start hyperventilating in that fancy hotel. I also plan to get with some other writers I don't get to see that often, including Wayne Jordan and Beverly Jenkins, and I'm pitching to an agent as well. It will be a busy week, but I need this time to get away from my darling little ragamuffins and focus on my writing. Writing is, after all, what keeps me from having an epic, nuclear level meltdown. When you realize your babies have painted your walls with craft paint, or spilled straight pins all over the floor, you need a little something to take the edge off.
Well, that's it for now. At the time of this writing, I'm in the process of making another deal with Ellora's Cave, but it's not finalized so I'll tell you about it in my next post. In the meantime, don't forget my next release, Freedom's Embrace, drops August 1, and it's already up for pre-order at Amazon and BN. Thanks for all the love, and I'll see you on the flip-side.

Until Next Time,