Wednesday, July 13, 2016

#NewReleases Dating Experiment & Estranged H.S. Sweethearts Come Crashing Together

This month, we feature two hot new releases from both J.A. Fraser and Shana James and you don't want to miss either!

Educated Black Women = Single

Are you a brave, educated black woman who cringes at every report that states, “Half of all black women will never marry?” Do you still whole-heartedly believe in the power of the black family? Have you been single for a year or more without any real prospects? Are you lonely but completely jaded by over saturated online dating applications and random blind dates? Well, get ready to find and keep the love you seek.

In this highly-regarded, ground-breaking experiment J.A. Fraser makes love possible for the most undervalued person in America, the black woman. Touted as one of the hottest new love formulas on the market, this experiment is designed to land you multiple quality dates, and then, ultimately the "right one". So, don’t be lonely another minute, get started today, and find the one you were destined for.

No Gimmicks. No Frills. And, no online profiles! *For serious black women only!*

My First #NaNoWriMo Baby is Here!

Trying to build a fruitful business, while also indulging in your love for reading and writing, is tough!  But, where there's a will, there's a way, right?! Right! Last November, I entered my first ever #NaNoWriMo.  To say I was shell shocked by the end is the understatement of the my minuscule writing career.  But, it was one of the most exhilarating experiences, ever!!!!

The book that I had envisioned completing, about a guy who abruptly ends things with his longtime high school and college sweetheart after he's chosen first in the NFL draft, felt special to me.  It meant that I was truly giving my personal writing career, not anything connected to marketing or public relations for clients, a serious go.  It meant that if I could get through the grueling ordeal of writing 50,000+ words in 30 days, I could absolutely do as much in a much more reasonable amount of time.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Great Read!: Time is Relative for a Knight of Time

I haven't exactly been doing a fantastic job of finishing my latest work in progress but I have been doing a great deal of reading and keeping my senses honed. Well, some reading and a lot of audiobooks. The latest one I read is by an author I wasn't familiar with beforehand, Brett Matthew Williams, and I was very impressed with his work. The book that I "read" was written for teens, but the writing was so rich, any adult should appreciate it. It was called "Time is Relative for a Knight of Time" and I really enjoyed it!

I LOVED the adventure in the book, but I also loved that Brett touched on some of society's weaker points (homelessness, treatment of slaves, poor parenting, etc.) - something that I think is really important, or at least is a great thing to do, in books for teenagers. It also included a great deal of history and trips through time that should spark the imagination and the thinking of any teenagers and heck, some adults, who take the time to read or listen to the book.

Spring break will be here before you know it and at about 14 hours this audiobook will make a great travel companion or even a great book to read while enjoying vacation. That's one of the great things about audiobooks. I was doing all types of stuff as I listened to this one - driving, cleaning, cooking, etc.! If you have an audiobook on a phone or some other sort of mp3 device you can download these books and keep it moving. Who doesn't like that?!

Anyway, check Brett out! I think you'll like it and I mean that for both adults and teenagers. It's always good for adults to have their imaginations heightened, anyway. Life keeps us stodgy enough as it is. A great, well-written teenage fantasy book is probably just the ticket to get the proverbial stick out of your bum and bring you back down to earth. If you sign up for an Audible trial, you can even check it out for free and that's even better! Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

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We've been pretty slack, eh?  No excuses, here! We'll do better going forward. A lot's happened in the past couple months since we last graced this place with our presence!  Shana James has released a new audiobook version of her debut novel 'Deferred Consumption' and you do not want to miss it!  Check it out, here at Audible.

J.A. Fraser is actively working to finalize a new project that is sure to have the college girls talking and Shana is putting the finishing touches on the masterpiece she started during November's #NanoWriMo!  So, stay tuned!

In the meantime, give the Rafflecopter below a shot and let us know what you think after you've had a chance to check out Shana's new release!

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Deferred Consumption: Free Via #KindleUnlimited

For a limited time, all Kindle Unlimited users can get my debut novel, Deferred Consumption, free! If you can't get around to it right now, add it to your library so you can enjoy it, later!  The suspense and the steam will leave you BREATHLESS! --Shana James

Friday, November 13, 2015

Yes, You SHOULD Take Part in #NanoWriMo!

I planned to update this more often through this process, but I have so many irons in the fire on so many different projects that have absolutely nothing to do with writing, I don't know how I've managed to write 20,000+ words in two weeks! But, I have!!!  Hurray!  That's the cover for it here in the post.  I can't wait to see how well it's received.

If you're reading this, there's a big chance you've been trying to figure out whether you should take part, next year (or maybe you're feeling ambitious and trying to decide if you can do it in the next two weeks!).  The answer is a resounding, YES! I've barely taken advantage of the wonderful motivational tools available, but I've found that other participants are very supportive via social media, tremendously so, and it's really helped me stay motivated.

Not to mention, I'm competitive as hell and the last thing I want to do is leave this thing undone.  So, I've actually set a goal of finishing just over a week early.  It's ambitious, yes, but it's not impossible.  One thing that this whole process has reminded me of is the absolute necessity to MAKE time for writing.  If you're going to do it, DO IT!  The only way you're going to make any progress on finishing a book is to actually spend time writing it. I can't tell you how many people have told me, "Gosh, I would like to write a book, but I just don't know where to begin."  My answer is always, "At the beginning!"  Most of what you write in that first draft will need some pretty heavy editing anyway, so you just have to get something on the page.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

#NaNoWriMo…I’m DOING it!!!

For almost as long as I’ve had a Twitter account I can remember seeing this crazy hash tag floating around on my timeline every November. #NanoWriMo.  It looked like some strange language and I had no interest in learning more about it.  Then, about three years ago, I finally decided to click on it and I was amazed.  It turns out, it wasn't some strange language.  It was an acronym for National Novel Writing Month. Scores of individuals were writing about doing something that I thought was the craziest, most undo-able thing on earth – they were all trying to write a novel in 30 days.  An entire novel in 30 days!  It sounded like some sort of Chinese torture that a bunch of poor fools who’d found one another were engaging in and I didn’t want any part of it.

I thought to myself, “How in the heck can anybody write anything worth reading in 30 days?!” I also couldn’t imagine how anybody could find the time to do something so important…well.  I’m an English literature major, so I’ve spent years learning about the travails of some of our greatest literary giants as they put together some of the works we love and hold so dear, today.  I just could not imagine writing a novel in 30 days!  Even though, I’d always intended to do some writing of my own.  I’d just never got around to it.  But, if there’s one thing that anybody who’s ever finished a novel well knows, when you’ve been bitten by that bug, you have to get it out of you.