Ex-Ray by Cheryl Robinson

Ex-Ray book coverTitle: Ex-Ray by Cheryl Robinson
Genre: Contemporary Fiction


In this journey into second-chance love, author Cheryl Robinson invites us to ponder whether we would rekindle a romance with someone who had broken a promise to forsake all others.

Meet Ray and Sarita Saint. In 1987, they pledged to love, honor, and cherish each other until death. When Ray goes missing a year later, Sarita wonders whether he’s dead or alive.

While she was dreaming of their happily ever after, Ray was exploring greener pastures, a new relationship. Sarita—a virgin until marriage—took her vows seriously and believed Ray did, too. Instead, he left their marriage and their life in Detroit to reinvent himself. Sarita always held out hope that he would return one day. And he does. It’s twenty-seven years later, and Ray is determined to find his one true love. What he discovers has him question everything he thought he knew about Sarita, as well as himself. Continue reading


10Qs with Author, J.E. Smythe

JE SmytheIf you could spend time a character from your book who would it be?

It would probably be Odessa. She has so many unknowns to her and she is so complex that she becomes the kind of villain that you would hate but want to just give her a hug and make her feel better all at the same time.

She’s so closed off that you want to sit down with her and get to know her better. You want to know what makes her tick, what hurts her, and what has hardened her heart against the world.

If you could automatically get a skill that one of your characters possess what would it be?

I would like to have Chanel’s computer hacking skills. She can get into so many computer systems that at times I think that’s a gift that I need in my life. But seriously, Chanel is that artist free spirit type that is able to make light of tough situations and she brings a calm balance to Emilia. I think everyone needs a friend that helps us see the best in everything

Which character from your book could use a hug or slap?

Odessa could use a hug and a slap all at the same time.

Tell us about your book cover and how it came about.

For me, my book cover should always be like an art piece that summarized what the book is all about. This was no different. I wanted it to be haunting and have the focal point on a woman surrounded by nothing but woods. I wanted someone to look into her eyes and see that there was a story there.

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Until Ray by Cheryl Robinson

Until Ray Cheryl RobinsonAbout Until Ray

Two people in the same city but worlds apart.

Until Ray is an unconventional love story of how two young people transitioning into adulthood find each other and develop a bond that will be tested through three decades.


He lives in northwest Detroit with his mother. When he’s not at home, he’s either at the mall selling women’s shoes or in the club. In both places, he’s focused on one thing—picking up women. Only now he’s ready to make a change but isn’t sure how to do it.


At twenty-four, she has an MBA, is a CPA, and works in upper-level management at GM. But all that success comes at a cost: she’s lonely and craves the one thing she’s never had—attention from men.

Dive into a love story filled with soul-searching drama told from two very different perspectives. Until Ray, the first book of a trilogy, is set in the mid-eighties in Detroit, where the author was born and raised. Continue reading

Sheryl Lister Pre-order Promo

In celebration of Sheryl’s upcoming release, Places In My Heart, she’s giving away (5) five prizes: (4) four mini-swag packs and (1) one Grand Prize of a Reader Lovers Basket, including a Kindle Fire and $25 Amazon gift card.

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This contest is open through September 30, 2016. Thank you so much for helping to make this book a success!

Publication Date:  Oct 1, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance

ISBN-10: 0373864701

ISBN-13: 978-0373864706 Continue reading

Yasmin Shiraz Presents, Loyal

Loyal Yasmin ShirazTitleLoyal by Yasmin Shiraz
Genre: YA


When a gang member is shot at a heist, his sister copes with trying to help him heal while he proves his loyalty to his crew. In the prequel to Retaliation, brother and sister, Khalil and Tashera find themselves on different sides of loyalty. Khalil’s loyalty to his gang threatens the loyalty he should have to his family. This book illustrates the dynamic between a brother and sister and shows their love, challenges and desire to be there for each other. Loyal, Retaliation and Accused make up the Retaliation Young Adult trilogy.

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Tell Me Lies by Michelle Lindo-Rice

Tell Me Lies book coverTitle: Tell Me Lies by Michelle Lindo-Rice
Publication Date: Jan 12, 2016
Genre: Christian Fiction


A broken heart…When Sydney Richardson meets Pastor Noah Charleston it was practically love at first sight. Sydney has battled so much deception in her personal life and in her work as an attorney, she is glad to have a perfect man she can depend on. But her Prince Charming has some secrets that are worse than Sydney could have ever imagined. What will she do when Noah’s past life come to light?

A broken truth… Pastor Noah Charleston has come a long way since his troubled youth. A respected Man-of-God, Noah’s long buried past emerges in the form of blackmail and threats. Noah not only fears for his safety but also for his newfound love. Will he take a chance on the truth before it’s too late?

A broken trust…Newly converted Christian, Belinda Santiago, harbors a secret that could end her friendship with Sydney. She’s in love with Lance Forbes, Sydney’s ex-fiancé. When Belinda and Lance’s relationship is exposed she may have to choose between her man and her best friend.

A broken man…Lance Forbes returns to Port Charlotte to make things right with Sydney, but his feelings for Belinda are in his way. Lance knows for him to become a do-right man, he must face his childhood pain. Will Lance get his act together and take a chance on love or run again?

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The Jamie Reynolds Chronicles

Jamie Reynolds ChroniclesTitle: The Jamie Reynolds Chronicles: Lust and Lies
Author: Casandra Charles
Genre: African-American/urban romance and drama


JR was young, single, making money, enjoying life and on top of her game as a successful event manager in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from Clark Atlanta University, she focused most of her life on her career, driven by the need to prove herself while working in a men’s field. Atlanta was all about keeping up with the Joneses and JR knew just how to do it. After seven years in Atlanta, she abruptly moved back to New York to be with her family when her dad had a near-death experience. During her move, she met Toni, a single, blue-collar, strong-minded guy who quickly swept her off her feet with his lies.

Love was never on her mind, but Toni was different (she thought). Even though they were at two different places in life, JR let her guard down and welcomed him in. After only a few months of their long-distance relationship, things started to move really fast, making JR really nervous. Then the drama began as Toni suddenly moved in with her and she started uncovering the hidden secrets of the real person.

As JR was coming to terms with the idea of Toni being in her life, she remained torn between him and her past in Atlanta. A past that included David, her on-again, off-again lover who was everything JR wanted in a man: well-educated with a successful career, good looks, and the drive to want more of everything that Toni didn’t have. However, even after two years of dating, their relationship was like oil and water: they just didn’t mix. As Toni’s real personality was revealed, David looked more and more like the safe place for JR. When her current situation started to heat up, JR began wishing she had her old life back.

Lust and Lies (The Jamie Reynolds Chronicles Book 1) is just the beginning as JR tries to find the right balance in her life; however, that happy balance is not so easy find, especially when it’s full of lust and lies. Continue reading

Chatting with Nikki Jackson

I love it when authors come on this website and talk about themselves in open and honest ways. We are human, quirky and as Nikki Jackson says, eclectic. I think I’ve found my soul sister! Welcome Nikki Jackson.


Nikki JacksonI have eclectic tastes that spill over to what I love to read and the movies I love to watch.  I’ll go on a jag and watch the same movie again and again, seriously, upwards of 10-12 times.  My most recent jag includes – Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars (though I had to come to terms with Divergent’s Tris/Shailene Woodley dating her brother Caleb/Ansel Elgort in Fault – Hazel/Gus).

I’ve seen the following movies at least a dozen times:

Captain America, Thor, The Avengers (I’m a huge Marvel fan), i-Robot, both of the new Star Trek movies (with Chris Pine), Despicable Me, Brave, Tangled and Epic.  I also love Turner Classic Movies, timeless black and white hits such as Hondo, the Great EscapeThe Yearling, Sunset Boulevard and To Kill a Mocking Bird.  Around the holidays I can’t get enough of Alf and all the various versions of A Christmas Carol.

I love books in the same way I eclectically love movies – all and then some.  But isn’t that the best way we can be as readers and writers?  In that eclectic means – a person who derives ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources (bing’s definition) isn’t this what the world craves, if not needs?  Individuals brimming over with diversity – unique, sporadic, odd, extraordinary, from the inside out.

As an African-American, who says I can’t write books where the majority of the characters aren’t Black?

Because I have gray in my hair who says I can’t write a book where the plot and themes revolve around teenagers?  Because I live in Michigan who says I can’t write scenes that take place in California or West Virginia?  Who says?

As writers we take our readers on adventures many will never take themselves.  We stretch their imaginations, introducing them to new thoughts while at the same time challenging the popular or mainstream mindsets and opinions of their circular worlds: suggesting there’s perhaps another way to see, to think, to be.  At the end of the day we writers want to entertain, yes, but we want the reader to grow and expand too.  That’s why I became a writer.

Aldous Huxley, writer of Brave New World had this to say – “Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”

That’s what I hope to do as a writer, pierce the reader to their very core.  I want you to laugh and cry and get mad, and I want to make you think.  I want you to think outside your home and neighborhood, your gender and age and yes the color of your skin.  I want you to see the world around you through maybe a bit of a different lens, and I want you to realize that at the end of the day you and I really aren’t all that different.  Ultimately, we writers just want to be your friend. Continue reading

Ben Burgess Jr. Presents, Love and Happiness


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Title: Love and Happiness by Ben Burgess Jr.
Genre: African-American romance

Synopsis Love and Happiness by Ben Burgess

Karen has it all: a handsome husband, beautiful twin daughters, a lovely home and a great job. Karen also has a secret; she’s cheating on her husband, with not one man, but two.

On the outside her life seems perfect, but on the inside Karen feels neglected, bored and unappreciated. Yearning for affection and excitement, she falls into the arms of first Raheem and then Tyrell. Out of fear of losing her husband and breaking up her family, Karen ends the affairs but things don’t turn out how she planned. When Karen’s dirty secrets are revealed she must fight to keep her family together.

Chris is doing all he can to hold his marriage together. He loves Karen but she grows more distant every day. When she starts coming home later and later, he suspects she is being unfaithful. When Chris accidentally takes her cell phone what he finds changes their lives forever.

When tragedy strikes, Karen must decide if she should sacrifice her happiness for her husband’s love, and Chris wonders if he should stay with Karen because he still loves her despite her infidelity. But if they do stay together, will they ever find love and happiness again?

Sexy and relatable, insightful and inspiring, Love and Happiness shows us both sides of Chris and Karen’s story, and reminds us that sometimes to have it all, you must first lose it all.

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About Ben Burgess Jr.

Ben BurgessBen Burgess Jr is the author of the award winning novels Monster, Wounded, the poetry book Times Have Changed and Life is Strange and the new novel Love and Happiness.

He is an active performer of spoken word poetry. Ben Burgess Jr uses his love of writing to inspire and influence youths to strive for what they believe in, and to never give up on their dreams.

His poetry book Times Have Changed and Life is Strange and his novel Monster are currently used in schools on the lower east side of Manhattan. Ben Burgess has a BA degree in Business Management, and a MA degree in Educational Leadership. He is the proud father of his daughter Jaelynn and is active in trying to improve urban neighborhoods and communities.

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For Your Love by Beverly Jenkins

For you love Beverly JenkinsFor Your Love Blessings # 6 by Beverly Jenkins
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Published by: William Morrow


NAACP nominee and bestselling author Beverly Jenkins returns to Henry Adams, Kansas-an unforgettable place that anyone would want to call home-with a story of family, friends, and the powerful forces from our past that can irrevocably shape our future.

Mayor Trent July and his wife Lily are enjoying life as newlyweds and embracing the challenges and joys that come with being adoptive parents to two wonderful boys. But being a father has inevitably forced him to think about his own birth mother. Raised by his grandmother Tamar—and in many ways the good people of Henry Adams—Trent was blessed with a childhood full of love.

But now he can’t help wondering what happened to the scared teenage girl who gave birth to him. And questions that he’s never voiced are now begging to be answered: Who was she? Is she still alive? Why didn’t she want him?

Trent has always believed no good comes from dwelling on the past, especially when you have a loving family, a strong community, and folks who depend on him. But when the past comes to Henry Adams, Trent has no choice but to face it—and the woman who left him behind. The truth will shake his very being and everything he thought he knew about life, love, and the bonds that hold families together…yet can also tear them apart. Continue reading