#Literati Bookstore typewriter yields its own book via @detroitnews cc @LiteratiBkstore #MichiganWriters #michlit #motownwriters

After Hilary and Michael Gustafson opened Ann Arbor’s Literati Bookstore in 2013, they adopted the manual typewriter as the store’s symbol.

Machines are scattered throughout the shop, but only one of them has paper in the roller, begging the idle shopper to sit down and bang out a few lines.

These anonymous musings have recently been collected in a new book, “Notes from a Public Typewriter,” edited by Michael Gustafson and Oliver Uberti.

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: E. Raye Turonek author of compelled to murder @RayeTuronek #michiganwriters #michlit

E. Raye Turonek

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Where are you from? I am from Detroit, MI

Tell us your latest news?  Compelled to Murder was chosen for the book of the month of April by EyeCU Reading Network. I will also be participating in the Hustle&Grind book fair on May 19th hosted by Hood Book Headquarters.

When and why did you begin writing? I started writing in 2004. I was prompted to write by the vivid dreams I was experiencing.

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When did you first consider yourself a writer? I considered myself a writer once I completed my first screenplay in 2004. 

What inspired you to write your first book? I sent my screenplay A Reason to Kill to a literary company. They responded, asking me to change it to book form. This is what ultimately made me convert my screenplay into a novel.

Do you have a specific writing style? I do not have a specific writing style. It just flows.

How did you come up with the title? I wanted the readers to feel a pull of interest toward my book, just from reading the title and viewing cover, so “Compelled to Murder” is what I came up with. I figured with the change from screenplay to novel it need a title change as well.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I really want the readers to grasp the fact that everyone has faults, and understand how those faults can be played out. That actions have consequences…

How much of the book is realistic? The events are more realistic than not, but Compelled to Murder is fictitious. 

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? None of the events are based on a true story.

What books have most influenced your life most? I would say The Crucible influenced me the most. The chaos that ensued in the small town of Salem Massachusetts was unbelievable/shameful. I also loved “A Street Car Named Desire” and “Twelve Angry Men”.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? I’d be honored to have Stephen King as a mentor.
What book are you reading now? I am reading “Dark Mountain” by Richard Laymon.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? T.L. Criswell with the Peace Maker
What are your current projects? I’m currently working on a fantasy novel.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.The EyeCU Reading Network has been extremely supportive. The positivity of it’s members, the opportunities they spotlight, along with the information that they share with the literary community, are just a few things that make them a true gem. EyeCU Reading Network is an invaluable group of authors and readers!

Do you see writing as a career? I definitely see writing as a career.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? If I could go back, I wouldn’t change anything in my book, however going forward if I am afforded the opportunity to showcase  Compelled to Murder in a different form of art… I’d be open to changes. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I liked writing book reports on novels in high school.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? The editing is the hardest part for me.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? I don’t have a favorite author, however I love the way Richard Laymon pulls you into his stories. He tells a good story.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? I’ve not yet had the opportunity to travel because of my writing. That would be a dream come true.

Who designed the covers? I drew out the cover. My cousin, Amira Shaunice, author of Silence: The Complete Journey and creator/director of New York Girls TV, had it digitally made.
What was the hardest part of writing your book? The hardest part of writing my book was choosing my wording and sticking with it.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Yes. I learned that the words you use have a great effect on people. Always write with emotion.
Do you have any advice for other writers? My advice is to choose your words wisely… don’t rush… let it come to you.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? want to thank my readers for allowing my work to be a part of their atmosphere. I can only hope I’ve provided them an experience that ran their emotions wild.

More From E. Raye Turonek at: http://erayeturonekbooks.us/more

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MotownWriters Author Feature: Darren Kelly


Where are you from? Well I was born and raised in the city of Detroit, on the eastside.

Tell us your latest news? I do have some ideas for a new book for young adults. Also, I’m doing some author expos this summer.

When and why did you begin writing? I started writing when I was 17. I write to release emotions, energy, or when I have something to say about an issue. I kept a journal for 10 years and it helped me a great deal. When I got depressed I would write in my journal as a way to cope with pain. Plus I didn’t have a lot of friends in school; I kept to myself a lot. So writing in my journal was like talking to a best friend.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? After college (2013). I wanted to write a book about my college experience and what I got out of college to help others.

What inspired you to write your first book? After I finally graduated college in 2013 with a pre-law degree, I said to myself I wanted to help young people get through school and life in general. I got started on the book in September 2014.

Do you have a specific writing style? My writing style is conversational. I like to write as if I’m sitting down talking with the reader.

How did you come up with the title? I wanted to let people know you can accomplish your dreams with just 6 basic principles that are given in the book. And the book is based entirely in Detroit. So “6 Successful Things I Found in Detroit” was born.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Yes. I want readers to know you can do anything you set your mind too, that with the help of just 6 successful things you can be great.

How much of the book is realistic? The entire book is realistic. I have three brothers. Both of my parents worked in the auto plants. We moved to the East English Village area and stayed there for over 20 years. I graduated from Cass Tech high school in 2004. I entered WSU that same year and first majored in business. I spent years at WSU and loved the campus environment, the diverse student body, and curriculum.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? The events in my own life shape my book.

What books have most influenced your life most? I would say Michael Jackson’s book “Moonwalk” and Richard Wright’s “Black Boy.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? It’s a tie between Toni Morrison and Steven King. They’re both are good at writing.

What book are you reading now? I have taken a little break from reading at the moment. My favorite books though are non- fiction books and books by black authors: Toni Morrison, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Malcolm X, ete.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Colson Whitehead author of Underground Railroad.

What are your current projects? I do have another book about Detroit in mind.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. Co-workers.

Do you see writing as a career? Yes.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? No. I love the entire book.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I kept a journal for 10 years and it helped me a great deal. When I got depressed I would write in my journal as a way to cope with pain.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? Sure. 6 Successful Things I Found in Detroit, is a non-fiction book, a quick easy read about 6 ways to be successful. The text is autobiographical and details my journey growing up in the city of Detroit.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? The hardest part about writing this book is going back and revisiting some painful memories like the death of my brother. As a writer you may have to reflect on some painful memories to prove something to the reader.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Stephen King. He is good at taking things from his personal life and making them into great stories.”

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? Yes.

Who designed the covers? I designed the cover. I wanted the book’s cover to convey the central theme, which is higher education so I decided to put my graduation picture on there. I wanted to show the reader that if I can do it, you can to.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Writers’ block. I had a 3 month writers’ block.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Yes. I learned how hard it is to write a book. It looks easy but the book writing process is hard and time consuming. It can take years to see a book through from start to finish.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Yes. I would tell authors to write about what you know and are passionate about.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? I want to say go out and buy the book on Amazon.com and I believe once you’re done, it will change your life. And thanks for the support!

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Michigan author has been queen of the romance/historical genre for 25 years #motownwriters @authormsbev

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Beverly Jenkins strutted on to the literary scene almost 25 years ago, becoming the first African-American woman with a best-selling historical romance novel.

She thought “Night Song,” published in 1994, would open the door for other black women authors.

“The readers were coming through but there no authors behind me,” said Jenkins, who will be in Bowling Green for Researching the Romance, a two-day academic conference on April 13-14 at Bowling Green State University.

“I had the niche to myself for 20 years,” she said. “But now, it’s amazing.”

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Storm Writer @Storm_TheWriter #Michlit #motownlit

Storm Writer


Where are you from?Detroit Michigan.

Tell us the latest news. I’ve currently signed to Major Key Publications and hoping for a great turn out.

When and why did you begin writing? I started writing at the age of 14. I’ve  always loved to write, mostly poetry.

When did you consider yourself a writer? At the age of 15.

What inspired you to write your first book?When I read Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree.

Do you have a specific writing style? No. I just let the flow come natural.

How did you come up with the title? The idea of a dollar bill came to mind and the words “In God We Trust” stuck out to me. Being that my book is about a brother and sister, I decided to name it In My Brother I Trust.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? To love your family. Family is the most important thing besides God, who will be there for you no matter what.

How much of your book is realistic? None.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? No.

What books have most influenced your life most? None have influenced me but Flyy Girl, True To The Game, The Coldest Winter Ever etc. 

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?  Joy Deja King and the power couple Ashley Antoinette & JaQuavis Coleman.

What book are you reading now? Got A Gangsta Catchin’ Feelings by Laconia Renee.

Are there any new authors that have grasp your interest? Yes. Britt Joni, Laconia Renee, Qiana Nicole, Que T. Kennedy and the rest of the Major Key Family!

What are your current projects? I’m currently working on my third of installment of In My Brother I Trust.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. Author J. Brinkley.

Do you see writing as a career? Yes!

If you could do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Not a thing!

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I was sitting in my sister’s apartment with my friends and we were making a joke about a guy we knew. I started thinking about my life and decided that I wanted to write a book on it. That didn’t turn out well lol. I was an amateur then, but the more I started to read, the more I wanted to create stories that reflected on others lives. 

Can you share a little of your current work with us? Part 3 of my novel “In My Brother I Trust “ centers around the lives of Monica, El and Robyn as they go through relationship battles, drug wars, lies, betrayal, and secrets! It’s definitely going to be a hit!

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? The most challenging part is to try to make sure you bring originality. Make stories that people haven’t heard yet. Although urban fiction sometimes touch on the same subjects, the challenging part is making sure you bring something that keeps the readers interested and wanting more!

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?Mr. & Mrs. Ashley & JaQuavis Coleman. Their style of writing makes you fall in love with the characters and make you feel as if  they’re real and you know them on a personal level lol. Love it!

 Do you have to travel much concerning your books? No but I’m hoping that I get that opportunity.

 Who designed your cover? I designed my first cover. My second cover was from the lovely, Tee Jai Em(Linpare Designs).

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Marketing it! It takes a lot of promoting to get to where you want to be in this industry.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I’ve learned that you have to go hard and believe in your brand. You have to push for success.

 Do you have advise for other writers? Believe in yourself! You can do anything that you put your mind to. A beautiful mind is a terrible thing to waste, so use it to your advantage.

 Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Thank you guys soooo much for the love and support! I love you guys like family! Keep rocking with me as I set the literary world on fire with my blazing hot novels! Peace & Love! XO -Storm.

Excerpt: In a world where there is only madness and mayhem there is no escaping the trenches of life. For Capone, nothing could stop him from rising to the top and his motto was ‘Get Money Or Die Trying’ but when his greedy ways catches up with him, there is no escaping his fate.

With a dead father, a drug addicted mother, and now a deceased brother, Monica felt as if she couldn’t go on and had no one that she could Trust. She soon finds out that the person who claimed to love him had a hand in his murder and something evil ignites inside of her. They say revenge is best served cold, but Monica was dishing out frozen dinners as she goes on a hunt murking anyone who played a part in her brother’s untimely demise.

Along the way she meet Joel ‘El’ Woods who shows her a life away from death and destruction, but when a ghost from her past comes back in the picture all hell breaks loose as she is forced to continue on a path that sends her world spiraling out of control.

Will El’s love be able to save her from herself? Or will Monica stop at nothing to end the madness once and for all?

Find out in this twisted tale where the only person you can trust is yourself.

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Facebook link: Shirley Jones

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MotownWriters Author Feature: Krystal Banks

Krystal Banks

Where are you from? Port Huron, Michigan.

Tell us your latest news? I’m excited about the new webinars and seminars we have added to the: Don’t Be A Dumb Criminal program.

When and why did you begin writing? I began writing last year. I started writing because I noticed in my profession of owning a bail bonds company, my clients and other people I encountered did not know or understand the law.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? When my book and programs became a demand.

What inspired you to write your first book? My clients. The fact that people are at their lowest point, were scared because they were about to go through a system that no one has prepared them for, is terrifying. When you’re going through the legal system this is not the time nor place to learn about how the system works.  Not to mention, you’re putting you life in some strangers hands that doesn’t know or care about you. You have to hope they will do the best for you.

Do you have a specific writing style? I have a descriptive writing style.

How did you come up with the title? A friend of mine who is also a writer and producer said that I say it all the time.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?  Yes that people think they know the law or how to avoid the law, but by simply reading my book and taking one of my programs they will be prepared for anything when it comes to the justice system. What is your freedom worth? You can buy my book for 15 dollars and take my seminar or you can pay for my bail bond service among other services while dealing with the justice system that will be as minimal as 100 plus dollars? And you still will need to purchase my book and program.

How much of the book is realistic? All of this book is realistic you can’t play with peoples lives in the system one mistake could cost me life.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Yes all experiences are based on what has happened in my business and life.

What books have most influenced your life most? The 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen Covey.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?  Michelle Alexander The New Jim Crow.

What book are you reading now? Reformed: Memoir of a Juvenile Killer by Mario Bueno.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Melvin Foreman: The best of you vs the rest of you.

What are your current projects? Making the Don’t Be A Dumb Criminal a movement. And Getting it in curriculum, globally.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. The Educational System.

Do you see writing as a career? Yes. As long as I have information that can help people I will share it.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Maybe the title people can take it several different ways.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I had friends who wrote books and they inspired me to.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? I am working with different states and departments on getting this book across the United States.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? It was difficult to explain to people why everyone needs to read this book no matter if there a criminal or not.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? I don’t have one.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? Yes.

Who designed the covers? Myself, Miles Dixon and Ollie Mitchell.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Seeing from the Judicial System point of view while fact checking.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? Yes. Make sure I don’t do anything to be a statistic in the justice system.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Yes. Do your research. Most editors are over priced.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Read this book and  get at least 10 other people to read it the knowledge in this book is priceless.


More From The Author: http://www.DONTBEADUMBCRIMINAL.COM 

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MotownWriters Author Feature: Ryan R. Ennis


Ryan R. Ennis

Where are you from?
I was born in Royal Oak and raised in Canton Twp. Growing up, I lived in the second or third subdivision built in Canton. I remember when Canton still had farms and many wooded areas. My favorite wooded area to play as a kid is now Morton Taylor Road.

Tell us your latest news?
One of my short stories will be appearing in the latest Write to Meow Anthology, published by Grey Wolfe Publishing. It is community service anthology to support exotic and big cat rescue.

When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing as a teenager. In my high school English classes, I loved reading the short stories my teachers assigned. I decided I wanted to be a story writer. I still have the first short story I ever wrote, keeping it around as a reminder of how important determination is. My writing skills have come a long way since that first story.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Although in my early 30s I had had a few short stories published, I didn’t consider myself an actual writer until I began writing bimonthly articles for the Ferndale Friends newspaper. I wrote for that publication for over five years. At the time, I lived in Ferndale, and when I’d take a walk around town, people would stop me to give compliments about my latest article they had read. Their compliments were music to my ears: my articles were attracting a following.

What inspired you to write your first book?
The idea for my first book—The Thursday Surprise: A Story about Kids and Autism—came from children. As a progressive educator, I saw the benefits of when typical kids had interactions with the kids who were enrolled in the special education classrooms.  Consequently, I started a reading program at the school that the students and I called “buddy reading.” The Thursday Surprise is a story that shows the practice of using peer tutors in action. More generally, the book illustrates that even when students with autism spend their instructional day in self-contained or categorical classrooms, there are still options available for educators and parents wanting to include special needs children with their typical peers for at least part of the day.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I like to get into the mindset of the characters and focus on their thoughts, providing motivation for their actions. I’ve never cared for stories in which the characters seemed vague or underdeveloped. I want my readers to be engrossed in the actions of my characters.

How did you come up with the title?
The Thursday Surprise speaks to the day on which “buddy reading” occurred and on what the main character does to win over a peer who has special needs.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There are multiple messages in my book The Thursday Surprise. One is about how trying and determination, like what beginning writers must do, can lead to success. Another is that there are great joys that come when children on the autism spectrum allow a peer into his or her world. Yet another is we all have things to learn from one another.

How much of the book is realistic?
My writing, whether fiction or nonfiction, is based on my experiences. All writing, in my opinion, is based on reality and the author’s experiences, when even an author writes fantasy fiction.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
In my opinion, good writers must engage in a lot of personal reflection as well as be keen observers of others.

What books have most influenced your life most?
Daisy Miller by Henry James, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë, and the short stories of Joyce Carol Oates. These works feature one way or another in my current book,
The Unexpected Tales of Lust, Love & Longing . . .
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
The writers that have most influenced me are short story writers like Joyce Carol Oates, Truman Capote, and Raymond Carver. Like them, I try to write descriptive prose that delves into the psychology of my characters.

What book are you reading now?
I’m presently reading Murders in the Mist: Who Killed Dian Fossey? Dian Fossey was an American who went to Rwanda in the late 60s to study gorillas. In 1985, she was murdered at her mountain research site. Besides fiction, I also enjoy reading true crime.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I recently read a collection of short stories called Mrs. Somebody Somebody by Tracy Winn. I liked that several of the stories were set just after WW II and that the stories were connected in their setting of Lowell, Massachusetts. In my new work, The Unexpected Tales of Lust, Love & Longing, I also have connecting stories featuring the same town and characters.

What are your current projects?
I have written two children’s book: The Thursday Surprise: A Story about Kids and Autism and The September Surprise: A Story about Kids and Autism. My most recent published work is the story collection is The Unexpected Tales of Lust, Love & Longing . . . under the name R. R. Ennis.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
For several years, I belonged to the Metro Detroit Creative Writers group. The members critiqued my work in ways that helped me write clear and engaging prose. I am indebted to them.

Do you see writing as a career?
Writing is in integral part of my multifaceted career. I’m also a teacher, librarian, as well as a writer.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I suppose all writers look back upon their work and say they would like to change this or that—that’s why well-established writers like Joyce Carol Oates and John Updike (now deceased) revisited some of their better novels and came out with new editions. Always seeking to improve, I may do the same at some point.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Captivated by short stories and how they gave me a sense of reading a complete work without having to read an entire book, I decided in high school I wanted to be a short story writer along with being a teacher and/or journalist. I’ve spent many hours working on my craft while experiencing the progression of technology: from toiling away at a typewriter, to being amazed at the features of a word processor, and then to becoming a laptop computer pro.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Certainly. As stated in the book description of The Unexpected—my book is “a collection of nineteen tales about characters whose personal desires and notions of romantic fulfillment take them on journeys of self-discovery, often leading to unforeseen outcomes. Start a story, any story, in this volume, and you’ll recognize the characters—their needs and longings—and be compelled to read the story through to its conclusion.”

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes, time factor is a major issue. When you’re a home owner, teacher, and have a part-time job on the side, it can be a challenge to find writing opportunities. Consequently, I try to write each night, even if it’s only for a half-hour, to keep myself in what I call “writing shape”—able to write productively.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
My favorite author is Joyce Carol Oates. Her short stories are masterpieces. Even when one of stories is only a few pages long, I feel like I’ve inhabited a vast landscape. She manages to engage readers with her descriptions and her character’s emotional states. I strive to do just that.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not at present. With my children’s books on autism, I traveled throughout the state to promote them.

Who designed the covers?

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The editing process was a challenge in that it was time-consuming. Not only did I spend countless hours reading aloud each of my nineteen short stories to ensure my prose flowed, I relied on many friends as well as a professional editor to offer their feedback and check for spelling and grammatical errors. I incorporated their ideas or suggestions as much as possible because chances are that if even one person finds what you wrote unclear, others will feel the same.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that despite the hard work, I found the process of creating a book very enjoyable. There’s nothing like exercising the power of your imagination and dwelling in a world with characters, plots, and scenes that you’ve created.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Often, I’ve heard from friends and others that they want to write, but after composing a few paragraphs, they get discouraged because their writing is not going as easily as they thought it would. There are very few writers out there that just sit down and write great prose for hours. I prescribe to the philosophy of finishing the story no matter how bad the writing or plotting seems at first. Revision is the natural progression of writing, but you can’t revise when you have little or nothing to work with.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
To keep reading. Reading everyday has so many benefits to it—improving your memory, increasing your vocabulary, and relieving stress. It can even help you to become a better writer.
My new book The Unexpected: Tales of Lust, Love & Longing . . . are available at Amazon (paperback and kindle), Barnes & Noble, and in a variety of electronic formats at smashwords.com. Please spread the word!
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Women Writers’ Spotlight: Debbie Taylor #motownwriters #michlit #womensmonth

Writer Feature: Debbie Taylor

Genre: Childrens

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Debbie Taylor is the Assistant Director of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) at the University of Michigan.

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#MotownWriters February Romance Author Feature: India Norfleet

  • Book: Angelo’s Beauti
  • Genre: Romance
  • Sub-genre: Erotica
  • AuthorWebsite:www.indiatnorfleet.comAmazon Link: http://amzn.to/2FIlGKk

    Is this book available in Paperback & eBook? This paperback is available in both paperback & ebook.

    What is your book about? When thirty-year-old Bianca Beauti Campbell returns home to Detroit to be closer to her ailing parents, she never expects to run into her childhood crush De’Angelo Harris, her first day back. When a night of heated passion catapults them into an unexpected full-fledged love affair, Beauti has to come to terms with loving a man whose never been in an exclusive relationship before now. And to top off already delicate matters of the heart, someone goes to extreme lengths to ensure that the budding couple never has a fighting chance. Will their love be able to withstand all the unforeseen trouble headed their way or will Beauti walk away with nothing but a fist full of tears…

    De’Angelo Harris believes only one woman has ever had his heart and that would be the alluring and stunning Beauti Campbell. Angelo quickly finds himself in one of the most exciting, relationships of his life with Beauti. When an unsuspecting storm hits, De’Angelo looks up to find Beauti nowhere in sight, he doesn’t hesitate to pull out all stops to find her.  When the dust settles, will she still be De’Angelo’s Beauti or will her heart belong to someone else?

  • Bio of Author Detroit born and raised, India Tasheena Norfleet (Lewis) has penned nineteen erotic and romance titles. India has had a passion for reading and writing her own stories ever since she was a young girl. Some of the author’s best selling titles include, He Gives Me Fever, Playing For Keeps, Scared of Loving You, My Bad Habit, Taste Us Together and Addicted To His Stroke. India loves to read, shop, and travel in her spare time.

    India is CEO of Erotic Servings Publishing and resides in suburban Michigan with her husband and two children. Feel free to connect with her via her website @ www.indiatnorfleet.com

  • Social Media Links: Facebook-Author India T Norfleet Instagram-Naughty Novelist
  • Any upcoming events Seduced by the General book signing this March 2018 (see website for more information) 

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#MotownWriters February Romance Author Feature: @AuthorJadaPearl #MichLit

  • Book: Dreams Do Come True
  • Genre: Romance
  • Is this book available in Paperback & eBook? yes both 

    Synopsis (What the book is about):
    After Shontell suffers a near fatal accident because of her fiancé, Jesse’s cheating. Shontell swears off
    men and sets her new life plan– saving her failing business. As Shontell dives into a solution, she
    encounters Ebony who has the capital her business desperately needs, becoming partners with Ebony
    can solve all her problems, but will Ebony’s good deed be more like a sheep in wolf's clothing.
    Nico always thought if he had his music he had all he needed. As the founding member of the R&B
    Group, Divine Attraction, he remained the silent, determined one, but lately he had been feeling like
    something was missing. It wasn’t until their release party in Detroit, did he know what that was.
    Shontell pulls Nico’s heartstrings like music never has, but soon after, tension becomes thick in their
    group, and Nico is baffled as to the reasons.
    With Shontell now questioning her faith in her new business partner and Nico’s lifelong friendships
    being rocked with lies and deceit, the new couple are finding themselves both being torn in different
    directions as old flames, secrets, and insecurity are unraveling them both.
    Will they fight to keep their new found love and rise above all that is threatening their union and prove
    to everyone and themselves that dreams do come true. Buy book now:http://amzn.to/2DXuwDv

  • Excerpt:
    Shontell tried to keep her eyes on the road since she wasn’t used to the
    California streets, she still couldn’t believe the turn of events that even had her driving
    here. Usually she was always with Jesse and he never drove, he always had a driver.
    Jesse. It had been three weeks since she heard from or even seen her fiancé. They
    were supposed to be getting married in a month. She wasn’t even sure that was going
    to happen. Sitting at a light she replayed his last visit with her, she remembered being
    upset because of a tabloid picture of him and some woman at an party.

    “This is what you do now?” she screamed at him throwing the paper in his


    “What?! Why are you so mad, it was just a party? You are the one who
    doesn’t like going to these events. You can’t expect me to miss everything because you
    don’t like being in the spotlight.”

    “Wow, that’s not fair.” She retorted back. Quickly wiping the tears on her
    face away. She stood up in her living room and paced the floor. Trying to control her
    anger. So this is what this was about, because she didn’t want to be in the public eye.
    Why did they always have to talk about this? He always said he understood but then on
    the flip side threw it up in her face when it suited him. His footsteps across her
    hardwood floor broke into her thoughts as she felt him standing behind her. His breath
    was on her neck and tickled her skin. She knew what he was doing and it wouldn’t work
    this time. Slowly he turned her around to him, she folded her arms and kept her eyes on
    the floor

    “Listen, I don’t want to fight about this. I was going to tell you, you know I
    didn’t want you to see it like this. We are getting married in two months. Are you still
    going to take this same stand? I mean think about it, no one even knows we are getting
    married outside of our families because that is how you wanted it. I went along with this
    the last three years because I needed you to see how serious I was. But don’t you think
    I have proven that with this?” he said as he took her hand and put the ring he bought
    her in her face. She glared at him and snatched her hand away.


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    Bio of Author 

  • Where many may see chivalry as dead, long walks in the park as obsolete as outdated, she’s on a
    mission to prove to men and women worldwide that these pillars still hold true in today’s
    relationships. Nicola Motley, known by the pen name Author Jada Pearl, doesn’t just show
    readers a romantic roller coaster ride of the main characters—she makes her readers, young &
    old, feel like they’re a part of the story itself.
    Author of Dreams Do Come True, Let Me Love You 1 &2, and What He Wanted, Jada Pearl
    intertwines contemporary fiction with pure, unadulterated romance



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#MotownWriters February Romance Author Feature: @ParkerJCole #MichLit


  • What is your book about? Gargi never dreamed the man who has utter contempt for her brother would be the man she begins to trust. Leon never thought he’d be convinced his enemy might be innocent, let alone be drawn to his enemy’s little sister.


  • Is this book available in Paperback & eBook? Yes


“I said I hope he rots.” The unmistakable note of pure, unadulterated sincerity scratched her already frayed nerve endings.

“Get out of here!” Gargi screeched. “I don’t know who you are and frankly I don’t care. Just go.”

The man took another step toward her. She felt the intrusion of her personal space like a palpable insertion. He topped Dev by several inches. Broad shoulders, wide chest, and long arms with meaty hands. His hazel brown eyes contrasted with the red gold of his hair. A well-groomed beard and mustache framed the lower half of his jawline.

“I’m going to go.” The man’s voice had a gruff drawl to it. “You don’t have to know my name but I will tell you someone else’s name. Alma Bertha Reckley. She may not mean a thing to you and that piece of trash lying there but she means the world to me.”

He stabbed a long, thick finger at Dev’s prone figure. “That worthless scum stole my mama’s life savings. So, I’ll say it again. I hope he rots.”

Fire burned her skin like lava flow. A fine trembling wracked her limbs. This man, whoever he was, had no idea what he was talking about.

“My brother,” she gritted out, “did not steal anything from anyone. He was set up. There were four others involved in this scheme and they implicated him.”

“Baloney,” the man scoffed, his thin, narrow brows arching over his intent hazel brown eyes. “If he were set up, then where are these so-called conspirators? Nowhere to be found.”

Gargi stalked over to the man, barely conscious of her actions. All she knew was that she wanted to shut him up.

“Perhaps you don’t understand English well. My brother is innocent. He gave everything of himself to others. Orphanages, charities, churches, the list goes on.” Her arms flung wildly into the air. “How can a person that be the type to rob anyone?”

The man snorted. “People who don’t work for their money tend to part with it faster than those who do. Else, why spend a million dollars on a sports car?”

A haze of red blurred her vision. She snarled like a wild animal. “Get out! You have no right to be here.”

The man’s eyebrow lifted again in an arrogant way that infuriated her. Could he see the steam coming out of her ears? Why wasn’t he running away from the violent urges she fought to contain?

“I think I have every right. I want to see him either rot or do the time the good people of the U. S. of A. justice system ordered him to do.”

Every muscle in her face tightened until she thought she’d turn to stone. “Get out of here now before I call security.”

He shrugged. “Go right ahead.”

  • Bio of Author An off-and-on recovering Mountain Dew addict who is anauthor, speaker, and radio show host with a fanatical obsession with the Lord, Star Trek, K-dramas, anime, romance books, old movies, speculative fiction, and knitting.


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#MotownWriters February Romance Author Feature: Breathless @BreathlessInDet #MichLit

Book: Sentenced to Love: Without Parole
Genre: Romance
Sub-genre: Suspense
Author: Breathless
Website: www.bit.ly/BreathlessBooks
Amazon Link: www.amazon.com/author/breathless

Is this book available in Paperback & eBook? Yes

What is your book about? 
Sentenced to Love is story of Marie and MK, two strangers who met on social media and fell in love after
a brief internet relationship. Marie is cautious from past heartbreak, confused about expressing her
emotions to MK and struggles with releasing her inhibitions in hopes her emotional detachment doesn’t
run him away. MK doesn’t trust women because he feels that they all have motives and are selfish, but
his insecurities aren’t enough to stop him from falling in love with the difficult girl he met on social
media. The story trails them on their journey of learning to let go of past baggage and becoming
vulnerable to each other after encountering the foreign concept of unconditional love.

You can’t just play with people’s feelings. If you tell them you love them you have to mean it. I’ve shared
one too many heartbreaks in the past, but this one was it for me. I spent years dating, having flings,
attempting dead relationships and ultimately giving up on relationships only to turn around and try it all
over again. But then I met MK… everything I thought I knew and felt in the past went out the window.
He felt so much deeper and different.
Behind every bitter, jealous, angry, untrusting and abusive person's actions, lie a story on how they got
to that point. It's always a result of experiencing too many disappointments or negative outcomes.
The hardest part is finding your way back out. Forgiving yourself, forgiving others, moving on, letting go
of old emotions and ideas while trying to hold a positive outlook, especially when some people are still
trying to keep you down.
Then attempting to allow someone new in a space that you once planned to keep unoccupied, to
protect your newfound peace… hoping you don't somehow run them away too or they don't end up
abusing your open door.
You cautiously wait… hoping for the best but just in case, you're still ready if you need to revert to your
old self. Your defense mechanism is to hurt someone before they hurt you, or show them you don't
care, but you do. Or just disappear…

But, nothing happens. It's the opposite of what you expected, intentions appear honest. Slowly, you
want to be more open. You can really begin to heal, mentally and emotionally in areas you never knew
were broken. But you need patience and understanding because it seems too good to be true… it's new,
uncomfortable, confusing and sometimes overwhelming when you try to analyze everything.
You put it all out there, feeling more vulnerable than ever before because you are trusting them with all
your secrets. They take your secrets and lock them away, making sure you never have to relive those
moments as they start to pick up all the pieces that everyone else thought they destroyed… loving each
piece back to life, recreating you into the one you were born to be… with them.

Bio of Author 
Breathless, The Storyteller, is the founder of Breathless In Detroit and producer of BID.TV. Best known for her quirky and diverse style fiction books, but she isn’t against switching her style up a bit for her
more traditional readers. Her passion for entertaining her readers doesn’t end with fiction writing, you can also find her collection of self- action and children’s books, writing scripts and her most important
role yet as mother and manager of her 6-year- old son.

Social Media Links: @breathlessindet (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

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#MotownWriters February Romance Author Feature: Raynetta Manees @raynettaman

Book: All For Love: The SuperStar

Genre: Romance

Sub-genreAuthorWebsite:  www.RManees.com

Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2DVuGv1

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Is this book available in Paperback & eBook?  Yes, in both

What is your book about?

2017 Emma Award Finalist–Best Contemporary Romance!

SuperStar Series Book 2- All For Love: The SuperStar – (Darryl’s Story)

International pop superstar Darryl Bridges counts his fans, not in the millions, but in the billions, yet he sleeps alone due to the private tragedy that broke his heart. Then, in one surprise encounter his world is changed inside out! But will the very lifestyle that brought him untold fame and fortune cause the destruction of the love he would give his life to save?

Widowed businesswoman Angela Delaney has suffered tragedy as well, and after years of struggle has finally achieved financial stability for herself and the child she was left to raise alone. The love she thought she would never find miraculously materializes, and from the most incredible source. But how much of her present life must she sacrifice to sustain it?

Two people so different on the surface, but such soul mates underneath. But can they survive the multitude of forces conspiring to not only tear them apart but to literally destroy them in the process? Forces willing to go to any length to demolish their love, even if it includes…murder?

Excerpt :

“Just as we rounded a corner, Alex, who was slightly ahead of me on the other side of the corridor cried out, “Look out, man!” a second before I ran smack into something soft and shapely.

Instinctively, my arm encircled her waist so she wouldn’t fall.  I looked down into the most bewitching chocolate brown eyes I’d ever seen.

“Hey…Wow…I’m really sorry!” I told her.  I was concerned; I had run into her really hard.  “Are you all right?  Did I hurt you?”

“No…no, I’m fine,” she gasped.

“Man!” She had dropped her purse.  I looked down at the things that had flown out all over the floor.  “Look, let us pick these up.  That’s the least I can do after almost sacking…”  I turned and really looked at her face for the first time, “you…”  My voice trailed off as I saw that those mesmerizing eyes adorned a beautiful heart shaped face.  Her flawless skin seemed to glow.

She seemed disoriented.  “What’s your hurry?  Where’s the fire?” she panted as she looked up at me.

The lovely eyes widened, telling me she realized then who I was.  And that’s also when I realized I still had my arm around her.  We abruptly stepped apart.

“I’ve got a press conference across town in twenty minutes,” I told her, “although that’s no excuse for knocking a lady down, Miss…?”

“Mrs….Delaney, Angela Delaney.”

Mrs.?  I quickly glanced at her left hand.  No ring.

“I’m Darryl Bridges,” I said, bracing myself for the eruption that usually followed.  But it didn’t come.

Angela just said, “Yes.  I know.”

Her quiet, calm reply surprised me.  And then I became a little embarrassed.  Well, of course, she knows, you jerk, I scolded myself.

By this time Alex had picked up her things and returned her purse.

For some reason, I was mentally fumbling for what to say next.  What finally came out was, “Well, I…uh…were you on your way out?  Could I drop you somewhere?”  We’re already late!  What did I say that for?

“No, I’m staying here, at the hotel,” Angela replied.  “In fact, I just checked in.”  She gave me a playful smile.  “Besides, if you get in any bigger rush, the reporters at that press conference will be interviewing a ball of flame.”

Well!  So the lady is not only beautiful, she has a sense of humor, too!  I started laughing just as Sam said, “Yeah, we’d better light a fire under it, man.  You’re due there in fifteen minutes.”  He gestured down the hallway.  “The limo’s waiting.”

“Yeah, Sam, okay,” I answered, not taking my eyes off Angela.  “Are you sure you’re all right?” I asked her once again.

“Positive.  But you’d better hurry.”  She gave me that whimsical smile once more.  “After all, it’s not like they can start without you.”

I laughed again as I turned to go.  “Guess you’re right.  Well…uh…goodbye.”

Bio of Author :

Raynetta Manees is a best-selling, award-winning author.  Her books are in both digital and print editions and she is traditionally published and self-published.  She’s done it all!  Manees has penned 12 Black romance novels, all rated 4/5 stars by Amazon.com readers and past best-sellers, as well as a non-fiction book about #Alzheimer’s. Manees celebrated her 20th anniversary as an author with the release of Book Two of The SuperStar Series, All For Love: The Superstar in Sept 2016.  The book was a finalist for the 2017 Emma Award for the Best Contemporary Romance of the year.

Social Media Links:

Raynetta welcomes your comments at her website www.RManees.com.  She can also be reached via email at RManees@aol.com  (Please show “Reader” and your name in the subject line.)

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Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21931.Raynetta_Manees

Mail:  P.O. Box 3203, Southfield, MI  48037

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#MotownWriters February Romance Author Feature: Mia Bailey


      • Is this book available in Paperback & eBook?  Yes\
      • What is your book about? Richelle Sommers has inherited her mother’s magical gifts: empathic and telepathic, she can feel and hear the thoughts of others as well as speak with the beasts of nature. Raised in the mountains, she becomes a beautiful woman dedicated to saving her beloved wolves.
        For centuries, Valya cel Mare has defended the innocent against the evil forces seeking to destroy them. One fateful day, he loses an innocent–a powerful psychic witch–and is left to protect her only child, Richelle, from a cult of religious fanatics led by a demented old priest bent on using her powers to fight on the side of his ‘God’ and serve The Evil One, the most ancient and powerful of Vampyres.
        Hunted by both man and monster, can Valya save Richelle from the religious fanatics and the Evil One, Luka cel Rau, who plans to use her powers to enslave the world?
      •  Excerpt 
        “Where is Richelle?”
        “Gone.” Duncan began to cough furiously as Valya stopped breathing at the one word before Duncan could continue. “She’s gone. She left a few days ago after I told her about her mother, how and why she was murdered.”
        “Why did you let her go?”
        “I couldna stop her.”
        She must have been so frightened, to take off when she had nowhere to go, Valya thought, but she must have gone somewhere. “Where did she go?”
        Duncan’s smile fell.
        “I dinna know. She wouldna tell me. She went to the bank, withdrew the money left by her mother, and left.”
        “You should have sent word to me.”
        Duncan nodded.
        Valya felt as if he were being compressed in a vise. Every muscle in his body constricted, and he couldn’t get enough air into his lungs. He should have been here. He should have come to her after Richelle graduated. Then he could have been here to protect them, and Richelle would not have run in fear and Duncan would not be lying in a pool of blood, dying.
        “I should have been here,” Valya stated.
        “Dinna berate yourself, lad. The Fates have made their decision. There is nothin’ to be done when they select yer thread.”
        Duncan mutely nodded. The Fates were impartial and immovable. Valya also knew that destiny could be changed by turning a different corner, by going left instead of right. Richelle had changed her destiny by leaving. Duncan started coughing again as Valya held his head up trying to ease his discomfort, his pain. He wished there was more he could do for him.
        “Lissen carefully, me lad. Richelle left before I could tell her everything aboot you, about the Immortals, and the Vampyres. She left because she dinna wanna put me in danger. Do ye understand what I’m sayin’?”
        Valya shook his head.
        “She dinna know the true danger. She dinna know what her true destiny is. Ye must find her quickly.”
        “Do the Vampyres know where she is?”
        “Vampyres?” Duncan questioned with his brow furrowed. “’Twas not Vampyres that came here. ’Twas the old priest with His Believers. ’Twas them who came here lookin’ for the lass. The old priest went mad when he couldna find her here. He destroyed the cabinHe killed her beloved animals that were protectin’ her home.”
        Valya’s fear was minimally dispelled. He thanked the Gods that it wasn’t Vampyres who were coming for Richelle. She would have no defense against them alone, without him. While the old priest was relentless in his pursuit of Richelle, Valya had hidden her well. However, the old priest wouldn’t stop searching for Richelle, and Valya would not rest until Richelle was safely with him as his mate.
        “She wouldna tell me where she was goin’. She left a note. She wrote she would be fine and she dinna want me to come lookin’ for her. She dinna want me to worry. As if her bein’ away would stop me from worryin’.” He scoffed, laughing before a fit of coughing over took him, leaving him wheezing in its wake. He grasped at Valya’s jacket, pulling himself up, his voice raspy but deathly calm in his request.
        “Find her, Valya. I’ve loved that wee lass since you brought her here to me home. I couldna love her less if she were me own daughter. Find her, Valya. Protect her.”
      • Buy this book now: http://amzn.to/2s9DgoO

      • Bio of Author
    • Mia Bailey lives near Detroit with her supportive husband and childhood sweetheart. She continues to consult and provide speaking engagements, as well as conduct various presentations as a counselor in career development, creative therapies and writing. But most importantly, she writes daily and looks forward to the day when she can walk into someone’s home and there, on the bookshelf, she will see their library of Mia Bailey novels. She truly lives by the mantra…
      “Embrace Every Dream…Live Every Moment…Fulfill Every Fantasy”.

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Romance is in the Air at #MotownWriters! Great Romance Authors will be featured this month. See our lineup

#MotownWriters February Romance Author Features

Feb 5th: Mia Bailey – Book

Feb 8th: Raynetta Manees – Book

Feb 12th: Breathless – Book

Feb 15th: Parker J Cole – Book

Feb 19th: Jada Pearl – Book

Feb 22nd: India Norfleet – Book

Feb 26th: Kimberly Batchelor Davis – Book

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