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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Conversation with Mary Honey B Morrison


Mary Honey B Morrison’s new novel, I’d Rather Be With You releases today nationwide. She took the time to stop by The Reading Life with Yolanda to discuss her new book, upcoming projects and much more. Mary, thank you for allowing The Reading Life with Yolanda the opportunity to interview you.

Mary Honey B Morrison is a New York Times bestselling author who believes that women should shape their own destiny. Born in Aurora, IL, and raised in New Orleans, LA, she took a chance and quit her near six-figure government job to self-publish her first book, Soulmates Dissipate, in 2000 and begin her literary career. Mary’s books have appeared on numerous bestseller lists. Mary is also actively involved in a variety of philanthropic endeavors, and in 2006 she sponsored the publication of an anthology written by 33 sixth-graders. In 2010, Mary produced a play based on her novel, Single Husbands, which she wrote under her pseudonym, HoneyB. In addition to her novels and play, Mary has a multi-film development deal with director/producer, Leslie Small and CEO of Codeblack Entertainment, Jeff Clanagan for her Soulmates Dissipate series. Mary currently resides in Oakland, CA. Her son, Jesse Byrd, Jr., has completed his first novel and he’s a producer on Mary’s film projects.

Publisher: Dafina Book/An Imprint of Kensington Publishing
Genre: Fction
ISBN: 978-0-7582-7299-7

I’d Rather Be With You is the second installment of the If I Can’t Have You series. Friends, Madison DuBois and Loretta Lovelace are back. What kind of drama can we expect from them this time?

I have a few words for Loretta. “Bitch you’re a sore loser.” All I can say about Madison is she’s selfish. I’d Rather Be With You is understandable but at what cost? This book shows how deception is deeper than love. Neither Madison nor Loretta understand why they desperately want a man they don’t deserve. If it’s humanly feasible, Granville has got to be the smartest dumbest character I know. Chicago, I’ve got one word for him too, confused. Read between the pages and you’ll find someone you know. I hope it’s not you.

What were your goals and intentions in I’d Rather Be With You, and how well do you feel you achieved them? 

I don’t establish goals; I develop characters. If I believe I know what the readers want, I can’t be true to the people on my pages. That leaves me with the one thing I have lots of . . . hope. Like each of my readers all of my characters have redeeming qualities. I do my best and pray one word at a time my fans are captivated.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

Mama and Disappearing Acts by Terri McMillian inspired me. When I discovered Terri had self-published her first novel, I knew I could (and did) do the same. Eddie Murphy influenced me when he said, “If you want to become successful, you have to let go of something and never look back.” I retired at the age of thirty-five to write full-time.

How many books have you written? Not only under your name but under Honey B as well? How do you balance writing in two genres?

I’m penning novel number twenty. It’s the trilogy and conclusion for my If I Can’t Have You series. If You Don’t Know Me releases April 14, 2014. It’s easy for me to keep my alter ego, HoneyB turned up! She’s sexy but never sleazy. Women have the right to embrace their sexuality without judgement. Mary B. Morrison embraces the same value but couples it with female empowerment. Regardless of the obstacles my female characters encounter they always overcome.

Mary, I love your #Teambhonest post. They’re so uplifting, direct and on point. I look forward to reading them every day. What made you decide to use that hashtag? Why the openness?

I switched my hashtag from #HoneyBhonest to #TeamBhonest to encourage my friends, fans, and followers to join my Team.  Collectively and individually we each have a voice.  When more people, especially women, are open and honest about what they want in their personal lives we can make the world a better place for all.  Through #TeamBhonest I’m turned up on keep it 100!

As an aspiring author, I know that reading daily is as important as writing daily. What are currently reading?

When I’m writing a novel, I read magazines−travel, home design, Essence, etc.  I read other books in between writing my mine.  When I’m finished with If You Don’t Know Me, I’ll read You’ve Got It Bad by Marissa Monteilh.

What projects (screen & novels) are you currently working on now?

I’m completing If You Don’t Know Me.  My novel Soulmates Dissipate is being adapted for film by director/producer Leslie Small, and CEO of Codeblack Entertainment, Jeff Clanagan.

What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Never censor your first draft. Be true to your characters. Don’t think someone else is going to make you rich. Publishers invest in writers that invest in themselves. If you’re writing and don’t care if you make money, don’t ask me for advice. I don’t like when aspiring writers say, “I’ve been thinking about writing a book. What advice can you give me?” Write the book. 

One wacky question: Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning? Or do you say, “What’s the point. I’m getting back in there later tonight?”

Just like no one can tell me what to write, no one can tell me where to sleep. My bed is in my living room. I make my bed every day. I can’t focus on writing if my bed isn’t made.

How can readers reach you?

Online:  MaryMorrison.com
Facebook:  Mary-Honey-B-Morrison
Twitter: @marybmorrison
Instagram: maryhoneybmorrison

Mary’s virtual release party is August 1st from 6:00-7:00 pm EST. All you have to do is click the link to RSVP. http://www.shindig.com/event/marybmorrison2

Mary, once again I would like to thank you for this opportunity. May God continue to bless your endeavors. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

You've Got It Bad Five Chapter Preview



Coming August 6th…You’ve Got It Bad, sequel to Dr. Feelgood.



The good doctor, Dr. Makkai Worthy, returns as Dr. Feelgood in the steamy sequel of a handsome, popular heart surgeon who repairs hearts in his professional life, yet breaks them in his personal life.

Dr. Makkai Worthy is a playboy from the heart and a chip off the old rolling-stone block, as his father has more children than he can even name. Makkai's daughter, Fonda, is now five-years old and soon will be looking to her father to show her by example how a male should cherish a female. Mary Jane Cherry and Dr. Lois Taylor keep Makkai's playboy plate full, along with a few new characters. One sequence of dramatic events leads to another, and if Makkai plans to save himself, he'll need to break the generational curses that bind and face some unexpected truths. Will his love of women continue to rule his world, or will he break all the rules and prove to himself that having it bad, ain't good?

Marissa loves and values all of her readers. As a way of showing thanks, she’s providing the first five chapters for you to read. 
 https://docs.google.com/You'veGotItBadPreviewChapters

Once you’ve read the first five chapters, hurry over to Amazon and pre-order your copy. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Insignificant Others By PYNK & Carol Taylor Blog Tour



Authors PYNK & Carol Taylor are traveling through various cities on their virtual tour promoting their new ebook, Insignificant Others. This dynamic storytelling duo has joined forces to combine their vibrant voices and fervent fan bases in a series of erotic novellas.  I’m so excited and honored that they stopped by my spot to offer advice on infidelity.
Some may only know about one or the other, or maybe even neither. So before they take the stage, let me give you a little insight into both of their stories. 


Erotic City: Miami--It’s 2012 and what happened in 2008 at the controversial Erotic City swingers club in Atlanta is a distant memory. Now, with a second club located in Miami, Milan Kennedy and her heavyweight boxer husband, Lavender Lewis, have moved to Miami to raise his son. Lavender’s loony baby’s mama is serving time in prison for the attempted murder of Milan. For now all seems quiet, that is until Milan and Lavender are served child custody papers, and also, a test of fidelity arises just as the couple plans to add to their family, and expand their thriving business. Milan questions the very meaning of the lifestyle itself, and doubts the purpose of her own career as a swinger’s club owner, providing significant others a playground for fornication. Big Booty Trudy, Tamiko Kennedy, Jarod Hamilton, and Nancy Clark Kennedy all return, and a couple of freaky additions are added to the mix. The newest location, Erotic City: Miami, is a huge success, but at what cost? Will the wife-swapping lifestyle change Milan and Lavender forever, or will they survive the very temptations that their own sex business brings? 


The Ex Chronicles: Plan B--Funny, erotic, sexy, and insightful, The Ex Chronicles: Plan B reveals the darker side of desire, when four women must overcome their lust or be trapped by it. Bourgie Hope, the editorial director of Shades magazine, fell in love with Derrick, a single dad from the projects, while at her wits end caring for her sick mother and handling her own high-powered career. Derrick proposed to Hope and she was ecstatic. But she’s now wondering if it's too much too soon, especially when she meets the sexy and seductive Max. Precious, a Shades editor, left her fiancĂ© Darius after finding him in bed with another woman. She’s now back with him; hoping that this time he really will change. Bella, the overindulged wild child of rich parents, burned out, not only drugs and alcohol but also on her enabling ex Julius, and went into rehab. Now her parents are threatening to cut her off if she doesn’t get a job, something she’s never had to do. Half-Jamaican, half-British Zenobia sacrificed a successful modeling career for her ex Malcolm, but his constant cheating made it impossible for her to stay with him. Now she’s with David, but Malcolm wants her back. As we follow these best friends from New York, to London, and Amsterdam, they must cope with not only their careers and their past, but also their cheating exes and the love they still have for them. They each need a Plan B.

The Ex Chronicles Plan B by Carol Taylor is page after page of steam, emotions and feelings. The story primarily targets infidelity, trust, hurt and painful childhood & past memories. Each character definitely had a voice and a rollercoaster life. If I had to sympathize with any character, it would be Darius. Those that have already read the story are probably looking at me side-eyed. I’m not saying what he did was right; heck nothing was right with any of the characters. But the absentness of Darius father during his childhood & the “values” he taught him when he was in his life, proved that his adult life would have ups and downs.  The Ex Chronicles Plan B will leave you saying, “Man, these characters and their issues are far beyond deep.” It was a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment of The Ex Chronicles. 


First up in the hot seat is…PYNK



A former Fox-TV news reporter and talk show host, PYNK is the bestselling author of ten mainstream novels under her birth name and four erotic novels under her pseudonym PYNK. Erotic City, Sexaholics, Sixty-Nine and POLITICS.ESCORTS.BLACKMAIL…as well as the anthology, The Heat of the Night. Four of her titles were nominated for African-American Literary Awards and she was named YOUnity’s Fastest Rising Literart Star. In addition, her titles have been voted Best Reads by Black Expressions Book Club and Best Books by Sankofa Literary Society. PYNK’s mission is to promote positive, guilt-free sexual awareness among women.

When Cheating with an Insignificant Becomes Significant

Cheating, infidelity, adultery - in each of these circumstances, someone went beyond the expectations of a commitment, and someone was left with the painful decision of staying or leaving, and possibly a broken heart. This subject is always an emotional one that can cause sadness and hurt. Most people have been there, and so have I. This is why I was so excited about the opportunity to write on the subject of infidelity in the novella series, INSIGNIFICANT OTHERS, with Carol Taylor.
The Dictionary website defines the word insignificant as meaning; too small to be important. When one steps outside of a relationship for a physical or emotional encounter with someone on the side who is too small to be important, less significant to them than their own significant other, to me, that side person becomes more important; so important that the affair with that person is worth more than the destruction of the main relationship. It takes maturity, wisdom, and devotion to not take that risk. No matter the reason; loneliness, temptation, a loss of will, a hug that went too far, etc., someone ends up getting hurt. Thus, the topic is a passionate one.
The first time I was cheated on was when I was in high school and I found out on the night of my prom that my boyfriend took his ex-girlfriend to her prom the night before (he wore the tux he'd gotten for my prom). Another time, I went out of town with a man to meet his mother for the first time, and she told me she hadn't seen him in a year, when he'd just told me he went to see her three months earlier. (He did travel to her town, but he stayed with his kid's mom). Or even when I sat in my man's car talking to him, and a phone vibrated from under the seat. That was when I found out he had two cell phones; one for me and his family, and one for his women. Five minutes later, one of those women called me on my phone (he'd called me from her phone one day and blocked the call) and she asked to speak to him. I told her to call him on his chic-on-the-side phone in 5 minutes, that I'd be out of his life for good and she could have him, and graduate to being the main phone woman. There are many more examples, but the point is, I've been there and I survived, though breakups are not pretty. At one point in my life, I was the cheater, and it was messy, so I can't throw stones. To this day, I don't even consider cheating. It's just not worth it. I live up to my commitments - period.
The story I've written in INSIGNIFICANT OTHERS is called Erotic City: Miami, and it centers around those who swing, and why anyone would do that, in particular, when it's done along with his/her mate. What would be the end result? Does it make things better to join in with someone who wants to satisfy their lustful thoughts for someone other than you? And when it's all said and done, wouldn't that couple really prefer to be monogamous? Is watching your mate have sex with an insignificant partner really worth it, simply because at the end of the day, you're the significant one, the number one girl/guy? I explore quite a few scenarios that will make you think. It surely made Milan Kennedy, the owner of Erotic City, think. Getting ourselves into situations that go too far, whether out on a lunch date with a coworker, or going to a neighbor's house for a cup of sugar, most times, without will-power, can be a, "Baby, one thing led to another," situation - thus infidelity.
Bottom line, be faithful, keep your word, and if what's good for the goose is good for the gander, fine; just make sure the trysts with the geese don't come back to haunt your loving commitment with your significant other, because he/she may forgive you, but they'll never forget.

PYNK

Next to take the hot seat…Carol Taylor.

Carol Taylor is the author of 8 books, among them Brown Sugar, the bestselling 4-book erotic series and Wanderlust. Her novel The Ex Chronicles, published in 2010, The Ex Chronicles: Plan B, published in Insignificant Others, a 4-book novella series. A former Random House book editor, she has been in publishing for over 18 years. Find her books at insatiablepress.com, Amazon.com, BrownSugarBooks.com, or insignificantothersbooks.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter.com/iobooks or @carolataylor117

Infidelity
The action or state of being unfaithful to a spouse or other sexual partner
Pynk and I choose the theme of infidelity for INSIGNIFICANT OTHERS, our 4-book novella series because, sadly, it is the one thing that almost everyone has experienced.
No one is immune to the hurt and pain caused by a cheating significant other, certainly not me. This is my account of dating a serial cheater. The email below was sent to me in December of 2009. Only the name has been changed to protect the not so innocent. Thinking I was the other woman after finding my business card in his wallet she copied me on the email she sent to him. I was lucky to be able to read it dispassionately because enough time had gone by. But you can feel the hurt, pain and confusion in her words. I understood how she felt, because, at one point, I’d felt exactly the same way. I felt sorry for her, so sorry that I didn’t tell her that he wasn’t cheating on her with me, I’d stopped dating him a year earlier after finding out he was cheating on me with her. He was now cheating on her with yet another woman.

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Donald,
You are the scum of the Earth…the worst guy I have ever met!!
I am so hurt I can’t even put it into words. I want answers Donald. After over a year of me loving you, caring for you, and taking care of you financially, I can't imagine you have been lying to me this WHOLE time. How could you USE, ABUSE and HURT me and not even have an ounce of remorse.
Until you provide me with explanation for your lies and constant deceit, you will not hear from me or see me. I want you to tell me that you have been lying and cheating on me this ENTIRE year. Tell me the Truth, you COWARD!!
Time to STOP LYING!! You are living a lie, and have no love or care in your heart or soul. I have been faithful to you, and this HURTS!!



Contest Time
One lucky reader can will an ebook copy of Erotic City Miami & The Ex Chronicles Plan B. To be entered in the drawing, all you have to do is leave a comment. One lucky winner will be selected at random. Good luck everyone.

I would like to thank PYNK & Carol for their time and expertise. I wish you both continued success.



Review for Erotic City Miami
I've always been a fan of Pynk. I purchased both the kindle version and the audio version. Oh my goodness! Let's me be the first to say this was my first time listen to books. It definitely won't be my last. The narration was done by Paula Jai Parker-Martin. She knocked it out the ballpark. I felt like I was watching a movie. The way Pynk writes a story is simply amazing. As I listened, I could visualize each scene! The emotions of each character could be felt in each page. Erotic City: Miami was simply that erotic! I've said this over and over and I'll continue to say it, Pynk is a beast with a pen! She left me eagerly waiting on the next story in the series. Erotic City: Miami deals with sex addicts & infidelity. What happens when sex addicts can't get enough? Lives are changed forever. The ending will leave you scratching your head, your jaw dropped and you wanting to know what happen next. So many things are going through my mind as to what happened next. The ending is a cliffhanger of all cliffhangers. I never expected it to end the way it did. Pynk nailed it! I want to call her and force her to tell me what happens next. Erotic City is a great read for couples wanting to spice up their bedroom.

Review for The Ex-Chronicles Plan B by Carol Taylor
The Ex Chronicles Plan B by Carol Taylor is page after page of steam, emotions and feelings. The story primarily targets infidelity, trust, hurt and painful childhood & past memories. Each character definitely had a voice and a rollercoaster life. If I had to sympathize with any character, it would be Darius. Those that have already read the story are probably looking at me side-eyed. I'm not saying what he did was right; heck nothing was right with any of the characters. But the absentness of Darius father during his childhood & the "values" he taught him when he was in his life, proved that his adult life would have ups and downs. The Ex Chronicles Plan B will leave you saying, "Man, these characters and their issues are far beyond deep." It was a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment of The Ex Chronicles.