|Posted on April 21, 2019 at 12:50 AM||comments (71)|
Every day I browse the Amazon Kindle Bestsellers List. Nope, I'm not looking for my novels on there just yet, but I like to gander at the authors whose words inspire and who excel at their craft.
However, the list of African-American novels and authors in the Romance category has me puzzled. I'm not seeing Beverly Jenkins work, neither Brenda Jackson nor Alexandra House. Where are Tiffany Patterson, Aliyah Cole, or any of the other bestselling authors listings?
I'm just baffled.. that is all.
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Kindle-Store-African-American-Romance/zgbs/digital-text/6190465011/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=sl2&tag=thepasvoi01-20&linkId=37e89dfe238b20025dfa40dc8e18f943&language=en_US" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">African-American Bestsellers April 20th 2019
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|Posted on April 8, 2019 at 10:55 AM||comments (0)|
While browsing through my Facebook post earlier today, I discovered a Treasure trove of authors of colour, some of them I never heard about or read. I don't have to tell you guys on here, that I went wild on Amazon and got myself a whole new library of BRAN (Black Romance Author Network) members work.
Then I got to thinking, because even after I bought myself a whole heap of novels by auhors of colour, Amazon still insisted that I be directed to other romance authors, you know what I mean, don't let me have to spell it out here.
But why, why should that happen to me in 2019? I've always maintained that athletes of colour should not complain about the treatment meted out to them by team managers and owners. I believe that if we as a unit support each other, whether it be in sport, music, literature, design work (all of it) we will somehow prevail against a society that seem destined to exclude people of colour from achievement.
The cop out that readers, and by readers the inference is, 'white women readers' will not relate to romance written by authors of colour, or any genre, written by authors of colour is a lame ass excuse to exclude.
Call me what you want, but I strongly believe that we can do ggreat things. but to do that we have to come together and work as a team.
Here are links to the (BRAN) Authors of Colour Treasure trove:
https://www.amazon.com/Danielle-Allen/e/B00JT0JUZS?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1554736473&sr=8-2" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Danielle Allen
https://www.amazon.com/Love-Belvin/e/B00CZDLZO0?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1554736563&sr=1-2" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Love Belvin
https://www.amazon.com/Nia-Forrester/e/B008J1LCAY?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1554736709&sr=1-2" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Nia Forester
https://www.amazon.com/Christina-C.-Jones/e/B00H5FYEDC?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1554736748&sr=1-1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Christina Jones
https://www.amazon.com/Stephanie-Nicole-Norris/e/B007BNTMM6?ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_sims_vu00_r2_c1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Stephanie Nicole Norris
https://www.amazon.com/Aubree-Penn./e/B07HHHTG71?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_11&qid=1554736959&sr=1-11" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Aubree Pynn
https://www.amazon.com/D.-Rose/e/B07CS53TND?ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_sims_vu00_r2_c1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">D. Rose
https://www.amazon.com/Chelsea-Maria/e/B01MDO6YRJ?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_4&qid=1554737100&sr=1-4" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Chelsea Marie
https://www.amazon.com/Grey-Huffington/e/B076Q6Z58L?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3&qid=1554737167&sr=1-3" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Grey Huffington
https://www.amazon.com/Millie-Belizaire/e/B0743CXT5W?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1554737214&sr=1-1-catcorr" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mellie Belizaire
https://www.amazon.com/Shena%25C3%25A9-Hailey/e/B07MXQ1NP5?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_fkmrnull_1&qid=1554737254&sr=1-1-fkmrnull" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Shenae Hailey
https://www.amazon.com/Alexandra-Warren/e/B00U6XWUYA?ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_sims_vu00_r1_c0" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Alexandra Warren
https://www.amazon.com/Alexandria-House/e/B01MQSE767?ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_sims_vu00_r1_c1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Alexandria House
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|Posted on April 6, 2019 at 2:45 PM||comments (0)|
I once had a routine, where annually, I would go off by myself for a day just to enjoy my own company. I haven't done that in quite some time, being busy with the job and my writing. Well that's about to change in a big way.
It is never a good sign, when someone decides to sign off.I mean all the way off. That signing off, normally comes after a long run of being taken for granted and neglected. It's like the welcome mat unravelling under your feet at the front door.
I always feel sorry for the 'welcome' mat that sits at the foot of the entryways to homes. We never give a thought to that object, we just walk over it, waltz into the home and enter. It's only when the rains are pouring, that we look around for the 'welcome' mat to wipe the mud and grime off from our footwear.
Life doesn't come with a handbook, never mind what anyone says. As long as you're breathing you have to work out situations on your own. So when a situation arises, where you are left like Alice in Wonderland, sitting down to tea with a Mad and ungrateful Hatter; blistered and in need of time away, by yourself, grab that opportunity and crawl through that wormhole to a better place for you.
Believe me when I say, I'm taking a long break for myself.
The Uninhibited Diplomat.
|Posted on April 4, 2019 at 1:00 PM||comments (0)|
Today I celebrate the date I arrived on planet earth; and while I reminisce I can't help quote William Shakespeare.
"What's past is prologue" is a quotation from his play The Tempest, and to me aptly describes all those emotions hidden inside of us, that we tightly hold on to, for what ever reasons. Some good, most not so good and detrimental to our moving forward in life.
As I sip my coffee, I'm also thinking about my absolute favourite author of all time, Rosamunde Pilcher and her wonderful novels Coming Home, Winter Solstice and The Shell Seekers. Within the covers of these three novels is a thread of longing and desire that stitches to me up and envelopes me into a blanket of comfort that I have not found with any other writer.
Rosamunde Pilcher's novels and writings took her readers on a life journey within the pages. I re read her novels to wrap myself up into the love and security her characters sought and found. I re-read her novels to discover, like Elfrieda, that there is no easy way out of grief, because as we have all come to know, true grief has no time stamp. Pilcher's prose put me in the midst of war ravaged London and introduce me to McNiece, giving to me the gift of poetry that I could enjoy and feel in the moment.
My collection of novels by Rosamunde Pilcher will always have a place in my library. It is written into my 'will'.
So today while I celebrate my earthstrong, I raise a glass to the author who inspired me want to 'write romance' and who has made my journey so much more enjoyable.
Happy birthday to me.
https://www.amazon.com/Coming-Home-Rosamunde-Pilcher-ebook/dp/B003MW0NQO/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=Rosamunde+Pilcher&qid=1554398461&s=digital-text&sr=1-3" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher
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|Posted on April 3, 2019 at 3:10 PM||comments (0)|
I'm on a roll. After my health scare yesterday, I awoke to a series whizzing around in my head. Four characters, one location, seven hundred things going on.
I pulled out the trusted plot board and my colourful sticky notes and began to plot according to Mary Buckham's guides. So far, I've plotted out two novels. There are so many notes written in so many places I can't even begin to see the progression of this.
I'm one of those writers who start at the end and work backwards in my novels. I SOMETIMES USE THE SALES method to plot but most times I know what comes in the paragraph before I write The End.
While I use my writing time profitably, I also going to recommend that you head over to Amazon or any other ebook store and grab L.B. Dunbar's over 40 silver series, beginning with the novel https://www.amazon.com/After-Care-romance-over-40-ebook/dp/B079DNXNJ4/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=L.+B.+Dunbar&qid=1554319216&s=digital-text&sr=1-2" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">After Care.. Believe me, you are going to love this one.
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|Posted on April 2, 2019 at 7:35 PM||comments (0)|
When you are in the battle with your health, some days are just not what they crank out to be. Here I was healthy and hearty at 11.05am and by 11:30 I was flat in my bed.
Chronic pain and never ending cycle of fluctuating blood sugars has baffled my doctors for quite some time. Unlike diabetics, my blood sugars drop to dangerous levels when I eat. But for an unknown reason, the levels spike when we least expect it.
My medication, which was working so well, suddenly stopped regulating the level of sugar in my blood. Now it doesn't work at all.
Trying to write with brain fog, is the hardest part of this equation. But whether I put 10 words or 10,000 words down; I'm writing everyday and keeping my mind working to ward off any other pesky diseases that can creep in when you don't remain active.
Today I actually finished Last Chance Harbor, and began almost immediately Sea Glass Cottage. For those of you who are new to this blog, those are novels in the Pelican Point series, by the Amazing Vickie McKeehan.
Have I told you guys about my mentor extraordinaire Mary Buckham? Her series Invisible Recruits is also stellar.
Here is the link
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Mary+Buckham+Invisible+Recruits&i=digital-text&ref=nb_sb_noss" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Invisible Recruits
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|Posted on April 1, 2019 at 5:25 PM||comments (1)|
Just had to let you guys in on another wonderful series that I stumbled upon on KU (Kindle Unlimited). It is Vickie McKeehan's Pelican Pointe series.
If you like ghosts and drama with HEA's run grab this series and take the time to read every last novel. I have to let you know you have to read this series from the first novel, Promise Cove, or else you may be lost in the fog.
The characters are fully fleshed out, the setting draws the reader in, the plots are tightly crafted and the writing is amazing. This series is a 100 star read:)
Here is the Amazon link:
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=pelican+pointe+series+by+mckeehan&crid=3CG5OZS6LJBGW&sprefix=Pelican+Pointe%2Caps%2C828&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_14" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Pelican Pointe Series
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=pelican+pointe+series+by+mckeehan&crid=3CG5OZS6LJBGW&sprefix=Pelican+Pointe%2Caps%2C828&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_14" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.amazon.com/s?k=pelican+pointe+series+by+mckeehan&crid=3CG5OZS6LJBGW&sprefix=Pelican+Pointe%2Caps%2C828&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_14
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|Posted on April 1, 2019 at 6:30 AM||comments (0)|
As many of you know, I've found new authors that I absolutely love on BookBub. One of them is Jennifer Madden, who owns the Military Romance and Suspense genre.
Her Embattled/Lost and Found series reveals emotionally flawed men and women, all combat veterans, who have been either physically or emotionally modified by their combal experiences.
My absolute favourite character she has created is John Palmer, a no-holds-barred- Marine whose injury cost him his ability to walk. He more than makes up for it with his attitude and mouth. I absolutley love John Palmer and since he has found love with Shannon, the man gets even more apealing.
Madden has a spin off series, Dogs of War, in which John's younger brother Adien is featured.
While we are all cushy in our 'safe' homes and spaces, we seldom think about the men and women fighting to 'protect' us from those whom may wish to harm us. On the flip side, we are so caught up by fear that we seem unable to resolve issues without confrontation.
Think for a moment about the orphaned boy or girl who feels that the only 'family' they may ever have, will be in the military. Think for a moment about that same person, being so badly injured and having to leave the military with no support whatsoever.
Before I read Jennifer Madden, I never thought about those issues. What happens to a young man or woman without family support who is discharged from the military due to serious injury, like John Palmer. Sure life goes on for them, but how?
The Embattled/Lost and Found series is available on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Found-Box-J-M-Madden-ebook/dp/B071LT7LFY/ref=sr_1_6?crid=X5O2EEZR15XW&keywords=jm+madden&qid=1554043561&s=digital-text&sprefix=JM%2Caps%2C227&sr=1-6" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Found-Box-J-M-Madden-ebook/dp/B071LT7LFY/ref=sr_1_6?crid=X5O2EEZR15XW&keywords=jm+madden&qid=1554043561&s=digital-text&sprefix=JM%2Caps%2C227&sr=1-6
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|Posted on March 31, 2019 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
So, I'm on a wanderlust, reading and writing binge again. Heading off to read at least 400 novels this year, so far I'm up to 139 and some of them have been extraordinary.
Last year, I discovered several new authors to me, J.M. Madden, Evelyn Adams, Tess Thompson, Kait Nolan, S.J. McCoy, Mary Crawford, Makenna Jameison, Ana E Ross, Marie Force, Carly Phillips, Jill Saunders, Colleen Thompson, Mary Buckham, and my newest 'must read everything she has written' Vickie McKeehan.
Have you read Promise Cove, the first novel in her Pelican Pointe series? Or Mary Buckham's Invisible Recruits series? Or Jennifer Maddens Embattled Road/Lost and Found series? or Makenna Jamesison's Alpha Seals series? You guys are serious missing out.
But this all begun, again, when I was laid up in bed bored stiff. I blame Nicholas Sparks and his lousy novel, The Best of Me, (which in my opinion was the worst of him; but that's another story), for this avaricious reading habit that has returned with a vengeance.
I remember, struggling with Sixth form European History, until I found Jean Plaidy in the Holy Faith Convent library and read everything she had written on the French Revolution. I bet Sister Magdelina never knew innocent looking Jean Plaidy, wrote steamy romance, underneath those stiff collars of the French court. Needless to say I ACED European History at A'Levels.
By then I'd discovered Harold Robbins and Jackie Collins and read everything that Danielle Steel had written to that time. Even going so far as writing my own novel over the course of the summer vacation, and reading an excerpt for my Literature class. I remember this because 'Bumpy' our Literature teacher, Ms Ramsumair kept rolling her eyes during the reading.
That image of Bumpy has stuck with me, even now, all these years later, through readings at international forums and public speaking engagements for work. I've grown a thicker outer garment since those early, 'Bumpy' days. I'd like to think my writing has got better.; but what I haven't yet figured out is why there are so many detractors crowding your space when you decide to pursue your dreams.
I have pretty radical views on a lot of things, I don't fit into the 'normal' mould any more than Daffy Duck. I've played the part of the toe-the-line Public Sector Communicator for years, smiled like a politician when I really wanted to tell you to 'fuck-off' and swallowed my words with a poker face.
Now it's time for me to loose my tongue and rest my bitch face. So now that you've been notified (take this as a public announcement), please remember I use words, I've written them for profit all my adult life and I can use them better than any weapon.
|Posted on March 11, 2014 at 1:30 AM||comments (0)|
RED SEA MOMENT
Please don't get me angry, you won't like me when I'm angry!
Those famous words made popular by the fictional character Dr David Banner, the mild speaking medical doctor who through no fault of his own, turns into the 'Incredible Hulk' whenever he gets angry, epitomizes in many ways my personality.
I try to help as many people as I can, without asking for anything in return, because this journey of life is not about us, it is about each other.
In my regular day job the balance between help and patronage is dependant on with whom you have a conversation. The line is very fine. I have been accused of getting kickback and taking bribes because of some of the selections I made appeared to persons who think on that level to be on that level. No problem, I could handle that.
But I'm also Aries born and there is no patience with me. I am one of those Ram butting, bold faced, straight talking, offensive people who don't give a flaming firetruck what you think. It is therefore no mistake that over the course of my many years, on several occasions I have found myself the butt of someones malice and confusion.
Just be warned, when in my exuberance to help someone I create Ishmaels instead of Isaacs and believe me I have created quite a number of Ishmaels, without learning the lesson, and the onlookers start to point fingers and cackle there is only one place I go. ON MY KNEES.
I may not be as faithful as the Biblical patriarch Abraham, whom Jehovah God, chose to be the father of many nations. Exercising my faith in difficult or tight situations is, to put it mildly difficult for me. I do not by nature have the patience to endure and stand. I tend to revert to the familiar and prayer is what is familiar to me.
I've told God on many occasions that I'm not a speaking prayer person. I pray silently ll during the day and occassionally will burst out in dancing and praise, but by and large I am a silent, internal prayer warrior. Many people tell me, the way I pray is not prayer at all; but somehow I believe that is between God and I.
For as long as I can remember people have always had 'issues' with me because of the tone of my diction. I remember a Permanent Secretary telling me once that for someone in my field of Communications and particularly Public Sector Communications, that I have a very aggressive and abrupt manner. I am assuming she meant that the politicians with whom I work, will take objections to being told they are not God. Eiether way my response to her was 'I know and I don't intend to change it.'
It is the same with my prayer life. I write my prayer, because writing is the way I comfortably communicating, even with God. I can tell Him how angry I am at all the nonsense that it taking place around me, and how powerless I feel as a solution to the issues.
I can praise Him, when I feel accomplished and even, like now in dark times when the Red Sea won't part for me to cross over, because I know He will make a way, where there is no way and all things work for good to them who are called according to His purpose.
My soul is lifted when I tell HIm how much I dislike, so and so, but still ask Him to bless them and grant them health and prosperity.
There is a saying in Trinidad 'Monkey does know which tree to climb', simply put it means people know who they can pick on. My take on that is, if you allow a person to take advantage of you without fighting back they will think they are entitled to take advantage of you all the time.
I don't engage in physical fights, unless of course you touch my children. My God has promised to fight ALL of my battles for me. I don't give a flaming firetruck about you. But don't take my dis-engagement as an indication that I am not paying attention.
I listen very carefully and most times leave matters as they may (sometimes to my detriment) however when the Red Sea moment arises I know whom to call to get the permanent rid of my Egyptians; and when I reach that stage there is NO indecision.