Writing with Ralph Thompson Jr.

About Ralph Thompson

Ralph Thompson, Jr. was born and reared in Memphis, Tennessee. During his childhood, he saw up close the impact of the civil rights movement. These world-changing events permanently informed his perspective and his writing.

He accepted Christ as a teenager, and like many has seen ups and downs in the years since.

Later, a search for further meaning in his life led to his joining the U.S. Air Force, where he served 26 years. He’s a veteran of operations like Just Cause, DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM, Southern Watch, and Enduring Freedom.

Thompson has a daughter/son-in-law, a son, and a granddaughter who all live out west. He serves in his church, the Memphis community, and with his fraternity (Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.).

About Writing

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[In] My first two novels, I didn’t use an outline. The basic starting ideas were variations of “Why?” I envision my characters as real people, and I take glee in putting challenges in front of them. I seek to challenge their worldviews and decision-making process. I put myself as one following the characters from a distance, watching but not intruding.

As a character’s decision brings different consequences, I want that character to learn from the experience, as well as seeing in a different light God’s intent for his/her life. Given that, I rarely plan to write “endings” in a classic sense. As we do in real life, my characters try to recover from those challenges and go on with their lives. The ceasing of one scenario can be the lead-in to another.

I write for the person who believes in God, but that person’s faith has been shaken. That character still has questions, still misinterprets God’s instruction. That person has scars, but wants to go on. Continue reading

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Dahlia Donovan Presents, Pure Dumb Luck

Pure Dumb Luck by Dahlia Donovan
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

Synopsis

When two small-town country dudes win the lottery, they finally find the courage to speak their truth.

An unexpected adventure follows.

Linwood “Woody” Robinson has a routine. He works for his baby brother in construction, buys three lottery tickets every week, and lusts after his best friend from high school. He’s done the same thing for twenty years.

Eddison “Eddie” Howard owns the only gas station in their small South Carolina town, sells lottery tickets, and lusts after his best friend from afar. They joke around but never speak their truth. He knows they’re cowards but can’t seem to find the courage to bridge the gulf between them.

And then they win eighty million dollars.

Life changes.

They go from never talking about their feelings to facing the world together.

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Taken by the Night by Breanna Hayse

Breanna Hayse Book coverTaken By the Night by Breanna Hayse

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis

What would you do if you were forced to come face-to-face with the secret part of your soul you’ve kept hidden your entire life? Would you expose that secret if it meant the possibility of living your greatest fantasy?

Hospice nurse Courtney Wells expected to encounter a commanding personality when she agreed to provide care for an old friend of the Romanian aristocrat, Baron Marcas Kalnovky. Confident, self-controlled, and independent- very few things could rattle her, that is until she meets the handsome and mysterious man with silver-gray eyes and old world charm. The moment she hears his deep rolling accent, her body quivers with a desire she can’t deny no matter how hard she tries.

From the beginning, Marcas demands something the young American woman’s not willing to give- submission. His desire for her takes him on a journey that forces him to face himself in a way neither he, nor Courtney, anticipate.

What the pretty little nurse doesn’t know is that the baron’s voracious appetite for ancient erotic art resulted in the unleashing of a dark curse. Not only does he nearly lose his sight, but his soul is literally split in two.

By day, he’s the same man he always was- controlled, calm, and commanding; but at sunset, he tears in half and his two opposite sides war against one another. The only thing they have in common is the beautiful, feisty woman who’s turned their life around. Both sides not only want her, but they also need her… all of her, in every way she can be taken… Together at night- which means they have to find a way to get along.

When Marcas finally confesses the truth, Courtney’s both terrified and intrigued. When she’s bound naked and helpless at the mercy of all of his desires, she’s shocked to find that she’s soon begging for both of him in every manner imaginable.

When she discovers the pain Marcas endures to be with her; she’s determined to find a way to help him. Little does she know that there’s more to curse than his being forced to face himself every night—it wants a sacrifice. A terrifying sacrifice that would cost Courtney’s life she’s compelled to come to terms with her own hidden darkness.

Will her love be enough to break the curse and heal his wounded soul? What about the cost? Would he ever forgive her if she succeeds in setting him free? Continue reading

Ralph Thompson Jr, Presents, None of Our Hands Are Clean

Dirty Hand with pink roseNone of Our Hands Are Clean by Ralph Thompson Jr.
Genre: Christian Romance

Synopsis

Juan Smith is a young man looking for love, in a world where the concept of romance has lost much of its luster. Darlene Brown is a young lady trying to understand God’s purpose for her future. Surrounded by a world that sees romance as old-fashioned, can these two make “it” work? How do people address the question “who’s the right one for you?” The wreckage of failed relationships is everywhere. Darlene and Juan face near-impossible odds. How do they get to know each other, and how will they learn whether or not they should be a couple?

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Breanna Hayse Presents, Unbreakable Bonds

Breanna Hayse Unbreakable BondsUnbreakable Bonds The General’s Daughter Series Book 9 by Breanna Hayse
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

Aquaman fans!
Your favorite Marine biologist is back in one of the most emotional and heart-moving books of the series.
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The Generals’ house is full as Sam and Michael’s birthday (and other romantic surprises) approaches. Teagan’s visiting family is introduced to a world that’s quite different than their Kentucky horse ranch–one that contains miles of beautiful beaches, perfect weather, and a killer whale who has a mind of his own. The visit isn’t without its difficulties as Teagan’s over-critical father brings the young woman’s insecurities and pain to the surface. Seeing the love of his life in distress isn’t acceptable and Michael steps up to prove that he’s also her Knight in a shining Jag!

Little does anyone know that, as everyone enjoys the waves and warm sun, something terrible is happening deep in the trenches–and no one, except Sam, can fix it. Toxic waste and pollution settled in the canyons is threatening the survival of the endangered sharks, and the delicate balance of life. She’s called upon by the most unlikely source and dives headfirst into danger to answer a cry for help. Her compulsiveness not only lands her in a heap of trouble with her parents, but also with Ton. The orca’s fear for her safety results in his banning her from her ocean home and cutting her off from the pod. Feeling rejected and useless, Sam spirals into a dark, emotional place inside her mind–a place where the love of her family and Richard just isn’t enough to heal her brokeness. She needs acceptance, but can she trust them to embrace the truth of the changes happening inside of her?

As if the chaos of Teagan’s family isn’t enough, other factors enter Sam’s life that threaten to upset the precarious balance between her two worlds. With the talk of babies, Scott’s attraction to a certain colonel, an unwelcome invasion of distant relatives, and feeling responsible to protect the marine population, Sam finds herself cornered and trapped. Tired of being disciplined for acting true to her nature, she no longer knows where she belongs. Only one thing is clear- she can’t allow anyone, or anything, to suffer because of her, and makes a decision that demands a price that she knows will break her heart.

But nothing can break the bonds she shares with her family–both on land and in the sea. They teach her that, no matter how difficult life seems to be, they will be drawn together to unite under a common goal.

SNIVEL WARNING!

Generals’ Daughter 9: Unbreakable Bonds, contains heartfelt emotional scenes, laughter, mischief, and lots of love. No worries- you’ll always get a HEA!

Author’s Note: This full length novel contains the final scenes from the original 2012 publication, and has been expanded with new material, and plenty of what readers of Breanna Hayse books are looking for- alpha men, hot romance, action and adventure, and old-fashioned family values. As for science- you know the deal! If you didn’t think marine biology was fun (and dangerous), you haven’t taken a dive with your favorite ‘mermaid’ or converged with the pod! Continue reading

The Truth About Sexual Assault in South Africa

Author J.H. Morgan talks about dealing with sexual assault in South Africa in her new book The Long Road Home.

I was born and grew up in South Africa but have spent my adult life in the Kingdom of eSwatini, (Swaziland). Southern Africa has had the highest sexual assault rate in the world for many years and at the moment, in South Africa at least, things are getting truly out of hand.

I have yet to meet a woman in South Africa who hasn’t been affected personally by sexual violence.

One of the things I’ve realized is that people who haven’t lived through it can’t begin to comprehend the depth of emotional and psychological damage sexual assault has on a person. There is no perfect recovery, and no matter how strong the person is, no matter the support system, the counselling, the life they manage to build after an assault, the victim is forever changed on every fundamental level.

Regardless of age, it’s an innocence that’s taken away and can never be recovered. I find so often in books and media that the after-effects are smoothed over so people don’t have to deal with the brutal reality of life after sexual assault.

One of the main messages I needed to get across in The Long Road Home was that recovery is hard. Living life after assault is messy and dark and sometimes downright awful. I wanted people to understand what these women live through and how it affects every aspect of their life.

But more than that, and so much more important than that, I needed to show that no matter what you go through, no matter how damages you think you are, and despite the fact that you can never be the same person you were before, you can recover.

You can find happiness, you can find peace with the new version of yourself.

Overcoming a trauma like that is by far the hardest thing you will ever do, but living life the best you can and finding happiness is the best revenge you can ever have.

About the Author

Married to her best friend, journalist J. H. Morgan has three children under the age of seven and considers parenting to be the greatest adventure of her life.

She lives in the tiny African kingdom of Swaziland, where she works full-time and writes in the middle of the night. After reading every book she owned or could borrow, she began writing her own stories.

Morgan’s extraordinary life experiences and those of the people closest to her inspire her writing and give her valuable insight into the painful world of addiction. She completely understands the need to start life anew and the consequences such a decision triggers. Continue reading

Hunting the Devil by Suanne Schafer

Hunting the Devil coverHunting the Devil by Suanne Schafer
Genre: Medical Thriller, Crime Mystery, Dark Romance

Synopsis

When Dr. Jessica Hemings volunteers for a medical mission in Rwanda, she becomes entrapped in the maelstrom of Rwandan politics and the enmity between Hutus and Tutsis. Her Tutsi features plunge her into the Rwandan Genocide. Dr. Cyprien Gatera, Jess’s superior and a Hutu radical, commandeers her clinic, slaughters her patients and her adopted sons, then forces her to treat his wounded. She escapes and survives three weeks in hiding before finding refuge at Benaco refugee camp in Tanzania.

There, Jess vows revenge. She searches for Gatera with the help of Michel Fournier, a French lawyer-turned-war-correspondent, and Dr. Tom Powell, her long-time lover. When an unknown informant passes information to Jess about her nemesis, she returns to Rwanda, despite warnings from the Belgian Secret Service that Gatera plans to assassinate her. In their final showdown, Jess must decide if revenge is best served cold—or not at all. Continue reading

XYZ A Humorous Fiction Novel by William Knight

XYZ  One Man, two kids, ten devices and an internet-sized generation gap by William KnightXYZ novel William Knight

Genre: Humorous Fiction

Synopsis

From a former Guardian and BBC writer, and author of The Donated, comes a hilarious story of mid-life crisis, family, technology, and coping with the modern workplace.

Jack Cooper is a depressed, analogue throwback; a cynical, alcoholic Gen-Xer whose glory days are behind him. He’s unemployed, his marriage has broken down, he’s addicted to internet hook-ups, and is deeply ashamed of his son Geronimo, who lives life dressed as a bear.

When Jack’s daughter engineers a job for him at totally-lit tech firm Sweet, he’s confronted by a Millennial and Zoomer culture he can’t relate to. He loathes every detail – every IM, gif and emoji – apart from Freya, twenty years his junior and addicted to broadcasting her life on social media.

Can Jack evolve to fit in at Sweet, or will he remain a dinosaur stuck in the 1980s? And will he halt his slide into loneliness and repair his family relationships?

XYZ is for every Gen-Xer who ever struggled with a device, and for everyone else who loves emojis … said no one ever.

‘Essential reading for anyone in the workplace over 40, and a handbook for those cocky bastards who are not.’ – Paula (Boomer, wannabe GenX)

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Fun Facts About The Alpha Nanny

Fun Facts About The Alpha Nanny with Remy Marie.

  1. This is Remy Marie’s second novel released to date, but third overall publication.
  2. The setting of the Alpha Nanny is based in New York City, one of Remy Marie’s favorite cities to visit.
  3. At one time in his life, Remy Marie actually considered going into finance, but instead decided to choose accounting for his career.
  4. Remy Marie is an avid investor, and in earlier drafts of The Alpha Nanny, there was a lot more financial jargon.
  5. The first ideas of the Alpha Nanny came to Remy watching the celebrations in New York City during New Years’ Eve in 2017/2018.
  6. It only took Remy two months to write the first draft
  7. Remy based a lot of the opening scenes of Jesse off fictional Wall Street investor Gordon Gekko from the movie Wall Street.
  8. Remy Marie can’t speak Mandarin, so it was a challenge to him to include the language in his novel. Along with Google he hired a translator to make sure he got his phrasing correct.
  9. He based the cute character of Lamar after his nephew.
  10. The Alpha Nanny was originally published on Wattpad. For its limited run of two months, it received over 1,000 reads and over 30 plus votes.
  11. Out of 1,200 stories, The Alpha Nanny held the first-place ranking among all books in the finance category on Wattpad. It was also ranked as high as 4th in the AWBM category.
  12. Unlike the success received in Wattpad, The Alpha Nanny had an unsuccessful Indiegogo campaign, raising zero funds.
  13. The Alpha Nanny has its own hashtag on Instagram. #thealphananny
  14. Out of the three stories that Remy Marie has published this has been his favorite.
  15. There’s a soundtrack for The Alpha Nanny on Spotify! Before you click the link, note that there are some songs that could be spoilers for the ending! The Alpha Nanny Soundtrack Link
  16. Have you seen The Alpha Nanny Pinterest Board? See wall of inspiration for the novel! Pinterest

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A Little Sin by Sionnach Wintergreen

Book cover A Little sinA Little Sin by Sionnach Wintergreen
Publication date: February 23rd 2018
Genres: Adult, Historical, LGBTQ+, Romance

Synopsis:

Sheriff Avery O’Rourke has tried to obey his strict Christian faith and lead a “normal” life. In 1923 in a rural East Texas town, “normal” means heterosexual. A cholera outbreak has made Avery a young widower, so he is married to his job. When a murder investigation forces him to confront his truth, will he finally be able to accept being gay?

Veterinarian Garland Sands has returned from Europe to take over his father’s practice. Struggling with shellshock (PTSD) and heartbroken by the suicide of his French lover, he resigns himself to a quiet, solitary life as a country vet. But the murder of the town doctor brings the sheriff to Garland’s doorstep looking for help with the investigation. Seeing Avery awakens dormant feelings. Can he love a man who hates what he is?

This isn’t the lavish 1920s of The Great Gatsby. This is the flip side of that coin—rural East Texas. No electricity. No indoor plumbing. No flappers. In 1923, the timber barons have left and racism, homophobia, and sexism thrive.

A Little Sin is a realistic mystery with unlikely heroes and a timeless romance between lovers caught in a world where their love is forbidden. This book contains steamy sex scenes and is intended for adults only. Continue reading