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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Meet Faynetta Lavergne Burrle

Inside Deception
Published by Aloema Publishing- January 2012
Kindle edition- December 2012
(Both editions can be purchased on Amazon)

After suffering from a traumatic childhood, including sexual abuse at the hands of her biological father, Andrea Ranch thought that her life would never be the same. That was, until she laid eyes on Keith Griffin while on the campus of University of Louisiana. And from that moment on, he became her prized possession.

Years later, Andrea is still determined to become one with Keith Griffin. But there is one thing standing in her way—Eva English, Keith’s fiancĂ©e. In her quest to destroy the couple’s happily ever after ending, Andrea gets entangled in a twisted web of lies, sinister deception, and erotomanic delusions.

Left in a psychosomatic state with nowhere to turn, Andrea finds herself in a psychiatric hospital. Yes, the same one where Eva, her number one nemesis, just so happens to be employed. The wheels to this tale ultimately spin out of control when Dr. Stacy Reynolds, Eva’s best friend, is faced with the professional duty to help restore Andrea’s mental stability and the moral dilemma to defend her friend. Will she fulfill her professional obligation or will vengeance be hers?

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Chatting it up with Alexis J

I’m very excited about this interview. I don’t know who’s more excited, Alexis J or me. I’m very proud of her. How many ten year olds do you know who has written a book and had it published? Not many at all.

About the book
Eleven-year-old Bailey Baxter and her friends, Camilla and Aaliyah, are best friends who have formed the ABC Club, ABC being the first letters of their names. Bailey has always been known as the nice girl in school . . . that is until she develops a crush on schoolmate Josh Leroy. While trying to impress him, she takes on undesirable behaviors that disappoint her family, and could threaten her cherished friendships. Will Bailey come to her senses before it's too late, or will the pressure of being accepted cost her all that really matters, and damage the life of a fellow classmate in the process?

Release date: Today…12/12/12

Hi Alexis J, will you tell us a little about yourself? Well, I’m 10 years old and in the 5th grade. I LOVE to write, dance, sing, read, play soccer and hang out with my friends. Bailey and the Bully is my first book.

Yolanda: You’re very active and busy.

What or who inspired you to write Bailey and the Bully? My school always has assemblies about bullying and they raised my awareness about what a big problem it is. I’ve also seen some of my friends being bullied and I’m interested in the subject because I don’t like to see people sad. I want everyone to be nice to each other.

Yolanda: I love how you’re trying to raise awareness through Bailey and the Bully.

At 10 years old, how do you stay motivated to write? Since I read a lot, my imagination works really well. I think kids have an easier time using their imaginations than adults because they watch a lot of cartoons and things that are make-believe. It’s pretty easy for me to think of new ideas to write about. I also feel better when I write all of my ideas down. I’m always writing!

Yolanda: This is wonderful. You’re such a pro.

How does it feel to not only write but, have it published? It feels awesome! I’m proud of myself and when I first saw my printed book, I almost fainted!

Yolanda: I’m very proud of you as well. I know your family is extremely proud of you.

What are you currently reading? I’m currently reading the Tiger’s Curse book series.

Yolanda: I’m going to check out that series.

Who is your favorite author and why? My favorite author is Jeff Kinney. He wrote the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. He’s really funny and I relate to his characters a lot.

Yolanda: I have a few students who love that series as well.

What advice do you have for other kids who want to become an author? I would first of all say to them that they can do it! Just write all of your ideas down and take your time. Try not to get frustrated if you get writer’s block. If you have a goal to write a book, believe in yourself. And also get to know your characters really, really well.

Yolanda: Great advise, not only for kids but adults as well.

How can readers contact with you? Readers can go to my blog to see what I’m doing and to purchase an autographed copy of Bailey and the Bully!

Yolanda: Great! Alexis J, thank you for taking time to sit down with me and chat a little. I wish you nothing but blessings after blessings. I know this is the beginning of many more books to come. Please visit Alexis’ blog page to purchase signed autographed copies of Bailey and The Bully. They make great Christmas gifts.

I’m giving away 2 copies of Bailey and the Bully. To qualify, children between the ages of 9-12 needs to email me at (the can have their parents email me) and tell me why they would like a copy. Kids, you need to write at least a paragraph. Alexis J will help me pick the winners.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Chatting it up with Pynk

This was Pynk’s 1st stop of her blog tour. We had a great discussion about her writing, characters and possibly collaborating with other authors, while eating chips and dip and sipping Moscato.

1    Do you have an unusual writing rituals? It would be sexy cool if I did, but my writing rituals are pretty boring. I prefer to write from an outline so that I at least think I know where I'm going, I write early in the morning, I write best when I have complete silence without the sound of a TV or music (or another human being if possible), I turn off the ringers on my phones, and I write best on my desktop in my office, not on a laptop or iPad.
Yolanda: Lol, not on your iPad. But, I have a crazy style as well. I write long hand first.

In Politics. Escorts .Blackmail. who was your most complex character to write and why? My most complex character is Madam Money Watts. Her parents, especially her father, are a different breed, and they set the tone for her greedy and ruthless ways. Her father named her Money for a reason. She has a heart, but so much is at stake if she exposes her softer side so she tucks it away. She is a shrewd businesswoman who trusts no one, and when it comes to love, the same applies. I found her to be the perfectly flawed character. Yes, she's a pimptress, but I also wanted the readers to see her other dimensions. I hope I accomplished that. 
Yolanda: You definitely did. When I first started reading PES, I was scared of Madem Money. But, by the end of the story, my heart broke a little for her. I didn’t expect some of the event that took place. WOW!

How do you juggle writing two different genres? I juggle the two, women's fiction and erotica, by not writing them at the same time.  For me, writing women's fiction is easier than writing erotica. With erotica, you not only have the character arcs and storyline, but you also have license to show their sexual choices on another level, in living color, so to speak. Depending upon their personalities, you must create and direct sex scenes. You must use a great deal of erotic creativity, yet stay true to the characters. I prefer to not overlap when writing the two genres. I write more than one title at a time, but only when it comes to women's fiction, not erotica.
Yolanda: I must say you do a great job writing from both genres.

What is one tip you would give aspiring authors? The one tip I would give aspiring authors is to honor the fact that writing is like architecture - you must build a story, and it takes time and talent. Can you see it and feel it? Create a blueprint (if not a complete outline, then perhaps a brief story map). Is there a foundation? Build the walls, chapter by chapter, the roof, draft by draft, etc. Be an architect with words and take it very seriously. It's more than a notion.
Yolanda: Great, great advice. Thank you for always being willing to help aspiring authors.

I would love for you and Mary Honey B Morrison to collaborate together. Will my wish ever come true? Mary is an extremely gifted and successful author, and a very dear and supportive friend. I would love it as well. We have discussed this in the past with an idea in mind, but our schedules have not allowed this to happen. Never say never. If we do, I know it will be double fire - HoneyB and Pynk style!
Yolanda: I’ll continue to say a prayer that my wish comes true.
 About the author
Pynk is the best-selling author of four erotica titles and one anthology. Pynk won the 2008 YOUnity award for Fastest Rising Literary Star and’s Most Outstanding Author of the Year award for 2009.
Grand Central released the first Pynk novel, Erotic City, in November 2008. Erotic City was voted one of the Best Reads for 2008 by lack Expressions and was a finalist for a 2009 African American Literary Award in the category of erotica. The second title, Sexaholics, about four women addicted to sex, hit the shelves on March 23, 2010, and was released to critical acclaim, particularly for the tragic and gritty depictions of sexual addiction, and was voted among the 2010 Best Books by the Sankofa Literary Society. The third book, Sixty-Nine, is about three sexually repressed women born in 1969 who vow to go beyond their own self-imposed limits at the age of 40. Sixty-Nine was nominated for a 2011 African American Literary Award and was a Top 20 Black Expressions Bestseller.
Pynk joined together with five bestselling authors, contributing to the hot anthology, The Heat of the Night, which was released on February 14, 2012 under Peace in the Storm Publishing. The December 2012 novel by Pynk tackles the topic of politics and the call-girl industry in New York City. It’s called POLITICS.ESCORTS.BLACKMAIL.
Each steamy Pynk title is set in a different city: Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and the 2014 title, Sin in the City, is set in Las Vegas.
Allow yourself to live your sexy dreams responsibly through the words of Pynk, whose characters are sure to make a fictional appearance in your city soon.

About the book
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: December 11, 2012
ISBN-10: 044656334X
ISBN-13: 978-0446563345

This erotic tale from national bestselling author Pynk explores the call girl industry as it spills over into the world of politics in New York City.

Madam Money Watts’ exclusive top escort services operates under the name Lip Service, and Midori Moody, Leilani Sutton, and male escort Kemba Price are her high-end contractors who make a hefty living having sex for money.
Among her clients are two New York senators who are the very officials voters have elected to make decisions for others to abide by, yet these politicians play a different set of rules, secretly paying top dollar for the forbidden girlfriend experience. But when a freaky client takes it too far, a pimp wants in on some of the action, and an escort gets greedy, the world of Money Watts is brought to a head.

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Thank you Pynk for your time. I know how busy you are right now.