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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

 Excerpt 

“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.

Excerpt
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.

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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.

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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.”
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      • 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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Writer Spotlight: Dave Stricklen from The Mitten #scbwimithemitten

You’re retired now, but your previous career is more colorful and unusual than most. Can you tell us a little about the job you used to do?
 
I was the Chief of the Airport Police in Grand Rapids for 22 years. I was always in the middle of anything that went wrong or right. We had a 16 person police department and 6 person dispatch center. 


I’m sure you’ve collected many stories about your experiences with the airport Police. Could you give us one example? Have you considered writing a memoir?
 
We received a call from a tenant that a woman was being forced into a Lear jet. She was screaming “Help, I’m being kidnapped!” My Sergeant and I jumped in the patrol car and raced toward the main runway. The aircraft was turning to take off so we drove at them as they started to roll toward us. We turned sideways blocking the aircraft. The doors flew open and people spilled out. Arrests resulted.
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#MotownWriters Feature: Denise Bryson @OneBlackRoseDJB, Author of In The Footsteps of A Killer #Detroit #Suspense

Where are you from? Born, raised and still live in Detroit Michigan, pretty sure I’m not gonna leave.

Tell us your latest news? I am signed with a new up and coming publishing company called Artistic Words Publishing. It’s exciting to get in at the beginning of something new.

When and why did you begin writing? I started in the fourth grade it was a class assignment.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? When I finished my first book, Dark Reflections in 2011. It’s self-published but I’m most excited for my newest release In The Footsteps Of A Killer by Artistic Words Publishing.

What inspired you to write your first book? I used to have trouble sleeping at night. So I would sort of telling myself a bedtime story until I got sleepy. I would always pick up wherever I left off the night before. Eventually, I was sleeping with no problem. The story would come as a dream. It didn’t come every night but when it did it would pick up wherever it left off before. Until one night all I saw were white lines moving like movie credits and I woke up and thought…maybe I need to write that down. I also dreamed most of In The Footsteps of A Killer. I dreamed the beginning, some of the middle and for sure I dreamed the end.


Do you have a specific writing style? I like to write horror but I can write romance as well.

How did you come up with the title? I dream some of them and others I lose myself in what I want to say about the story and the title usually pops up.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I didn’t start out with a message but I grew to want my horror to scare but to remind people that God is present even in the midst of horror and to look to Him for help and salvation. He comes through. At the end of “Footsteps”, you see some Devine movement and I think that was something that AWP Artistic Words Publishing saw and liked.

How much of the book is realistic? It depends on if it’s my horror or romance (yet to be released) but in the horror, the possibility of reality is more real than the reality itself.

Are experiences based on someone you know or events in your own life? Parts are again depending on what I’m writing. There is a little of me in each story or someone I know and love.

What books have most influenced your life most? Robert R Mccammon and his book Swan Song. It’s more apocalyptic but I remember being mesmerized by it.  Then there was anything written by Stephen King, John Saul, and Dean Knootz.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Stephen King by far is the master of terror.

What book are you reading now? At the moment I’m more focused on promotion but I have several waiting on my kindle for pc so as soon as I slow down I’m grabbing one.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? There are so many I am finding through Facebook and social media. I am amazed at all the talented people writing. But no one comes to mind.

What are your current projects? I am working on a sequel to In The Footsteps Of A Killer. It’s called Through The Eyes Of A Killer.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. A lot of my Flight Attendant friends (before my current airline) who would answer passenger call lights while I sat on my jump seat and wrote. And of course Artistic Words Publishing…they saw my work, believed and took that chance and I’m not about to let them down.

Do you see writing as a career? For sure. I want to write until the well runs dry then look for new ideas to write about and yes quit my job and get paid to do it…lol.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Maybe I would tone down some of the killings. But what else does a serial killer do…he hunts the innocent.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Well, when I wrote my class assignment in the 4th grade I wanted to write then. My teacher didn’t give me a good grade so I never wanted to write again. It would be another twenty years before I would even try.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? My sequel finds my heroine once again up against dark forces, now she and her unborn child are in danger.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Making the insane and crazy seem possible. In horror, a lot of what happens is not always based in reality. Again the reality of making it seem real.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Stephen King because he can take reality and bend it, twist it so that your mind begins to believe that it is possible for a girl with hidden powers to kill half the high school. Carrie. Or a dog Cujo can be bitten by a bat and turn into a vicious killer…poor puppy.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? I’m a flight attendant I get all the traveling I need. Lol…but I would if I had to and I do a lot of research on the computer. Yeah, computers.

Who designed the covers? For In The Footsteps Of A Killer my publisher Carla Dean at Artistic Words Publishing used someone that they deal with.  And if I say so myself this book cover rocks!

What was the hardest part of writing your book? The hardest part for me was writing the killings. It is unfortunate that in our society women are by far the first and most times easiest targets. And for the most part, the serial killer is almost always a man. Is it wrong? Yes. Does it make for good fiction? Maybe.  I can only write what comes to me and in this case, this is what came to me and I had to write it to be true to my new found passion.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I learned that writing is a hard task master that you will love. Ideas come to me in dreams and in everyday circumstances. They force me to get up and write. Ideas come sometimes at the most inappropriate times and places and force me to seek out something to write on. I usually have a pen and I have started carrying a pad of paper so I am not forced to write on napkins or toilet paper.

Do you have any advice for other writers? Write. Write when your happy write when you’re sad. Write when you don’t feel like it writes when you have nothing to say. Get it on paper you never know what will come out and where you can use it.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Writing for me has been a journey. It has made me make decisions like should I go out and party or stay in a get a few chapters done. Writing almost always wins out. You do have to make time to refresh, relax and have a little fun. That helps free your mind to the next set of book ideas. I enjoy the fear factor of writing horror because my mom was a horror nut. She and I would read, then discuss, then go watch something spooky on TV. She always loved a good scare. And I’m not talking about blood and gore, just for the sake of blood and gore but the kind that made your mind bend. Old school horror up to the horror of Final Destination. Yeah, there was a lot of blood ( in Final Destination) but the idea that it was all somehow what Death wanted to turn it into something different for her. She set my feet on the path of horror and I will always be grateful to her. And I will continue to write in memory and honor of her.

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AWP PRESENTS… IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF A KILLER BY Denise J Bryson

EXCERPT…

Albert waited for the squealing and squeaking from the bedroom to stop. Then he waited for two hours more before creeping up the stairs. Slowly, he opened the door. He held his breath waiting to see if they had heard him enter or not. No sound and no one stirred. So, he walked into the room. They slept deep with the help of sex and alcohol. Both of which he could smell; it was an ugly smell, harsh and pungent. It made his stomach turn, and for a moment, he thought he might throw up. He swallowed hard and continued further inside the room.

On the table next to their bed lay his father’s cigarettes and on the floor sat the half empty bottle of booze. He picked it up and examined it. Why on earth do grown-ups drink this stuff? He sniffed the contents and wrinkled his nose. It stank. He timidly turned the bottle up to his lips, spilling its dark contents into his mouth. He only took in a little, but it was enough to make him gag and spit it on the floor. He almost ran because his gagging sounds caused his mother to move in her sleep, but she was only turning over. He knew he had to do it and do it now or he would never have the nerve again. He took the bottle and quietly poured its contents on the floor. Next, he reached over his naked parents and poured it on the bed between them. The sight of them in their all-in-all made his stomach turn again. They stirred but didn’t wake up. Then Albert Cain Macarthur took his dad’s cigarette, put it to his lips, exhaled, struck a match, and inhaled slowly. It was the second most awful taste he had ever tasted, second only to the Scotch. Nonetheless, the cigarette end glowed as he held in the coughs that were welling up in his chest.

He placed the lit murder weapon in the bed next to his father’s hand. The bed soaked with the liquor caught fire immediately. Taking the remaining liquor, he poured it on his parents. An insane smile crept across his face. It was the same smile that would follow him into his adulthood. He smiled as he watched first his father and then his mother catch fire. Their drunken, feeble attempts to wake up and save themselves proved futile. The alcohol they had consumed and the smoke from the flames overwhelmed them, and neither could escape their fate. He stood in the doorway smiling and watching. Their screams were deafening, as they quickly understood what was happening to them. He didn’t care; he was about to be free.

“Boy!” his father screamed while flailing about in an attempt to put out the flames and stumbling back onto the bed. “Help us, boy! Go git some help!”

Albert startled but didn’t move. His mother began laughing the laugh of the damned. She could barely move as the smoke started to overtake her. In so much pain from the flames, she barely seemed to notice.

“That boy is trying to kill us, Al.” Catherine tried to sit up but couldn’t. Her arms were beginning to burn. “He’s killing us, Al.”

In a last ditch effort to save herself, she rolled off the bed and hit the floor with a thud. With that, the room became an inferno of smoke and fire.

Albert Cain Macarthur didn’t know how he had known it, but he knew that day would be the last day he would wake up from one of his mother’s beatings. It would be the last day anyone ever called him Al. He hated that name. No more. That day she would die. That day they both would die. Albert Sr. was just as guilty for not stopping Catherine during her many tirades and abuse. Little Al had carried out the unspeakable and killed his parents.

He watched, and then suddenly, he heard the shrill sound of sirens from the approaching fire trucks. By that time, the room was in a full blaze. He had to think. He needed to look like a victim, too. He ran back into the bedroom and over toward the window. No one would ever call him Al again.

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MotownWriters Author Feature: Beth Anne Niemela #Michlit #MotownLit

Beth Anne Niemela

Where are you from? Originally from Detroit, I now live in Dearborn
Tell us your latest news.
My book is now on a store shelf- Dearborn Novelty Art in Dearborn, and I will have a book reading/reception
there on July 22nd at 7:00 pm. I will also be at Detroit BookFest in Eastern Market on July 16th (Shed 5, table 40), and the Local Author
Book Sale at Sterling Heights Public Library on July 29th.
When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve written poetry since I was a child. I began writing fiction in 2011.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I completed my first novel. At that point, I told my daughter that if her friends ask her
what her mother does, tell them she’s a novelist.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I had expressed a desire to write a novel I had in my head to a friend, he encouraged me
to stop making excuses and do it.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Yes. My own.
How did you come up with the title?
That was the hardest part. I didn’t want something that sounded like a romance novel, or something trite. Halfway through the story, I had an image of the reader listening in on Lissy Porter’s story-her conversations. The title implies that rather than reading a book, you’re privy to a woman’s private story.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I leave it to the reader to find their own message.
How much of the book is realistic?
All of it.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Lissy Porter and I share similar life experiences, but I am not her and she is not me.
The character of Tom is based loosely on a person I know and love. Lissy’s husband
Jack is an amalgam of two old loves.
The story is completely fictional, except for the chapter when Lissy is in ninth grade. 
That happened to me exactly as written, and it was devastating. I can laugh about it now though.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, Beloved by Toni Morrison, One Day by David Nicholls, The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith are some of them. There have been many.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I don’t feel like I’ve ever had a personal mentor, but I admire Jojo Moyes a great deal and try to follow her example.
What book are you reading now?
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I am usually not a fan of fantasy stories, but his writing is an exception.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Not recently, no.
What are your current projects?
I have two actually. The first one has the working title The Happy Shelf. It’s a sequel to Overheard in Suki’s Diner. I won’t go into any detail for now, I don’t want to give spoilers to anyone who hasn’t read the first one. The other is a complete departure, a much darker story which I am calling Our Lady of Woodlawn, It’s about a girl whose life becomes inextricably entwined with a couple of delinquent brothers. In their neighborhood in The Bronx, they grow up together, separate, then reunite with tragic results.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My friend Keith.
Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. It’s who I am. I am committed to making it a successful career, too.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
From reading I suppose. My mother read me bedtime stories when I was a child. We
always had lots of books around the house, and I made frequent trips to the library.
I loved the Little House books as a child. I loved poetry too, and that’s what I first wrote.
I identify as a poet.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
{It wasn’t until Sean O’Connell was standing next to her, saying her name, that she realized—despite her much professed certainty that he would return— she didn’t really believe she would see him again.
But she was seeing him now.
In a coffee shop.
The mythical Sean O’Connell was no more than an arm’s length from her.
“It is you, isn’t it,angel?”
The words Neely were trying to form couldn’t quite make the trip from her head to her mouth.
“Can you talk?” Sean asked with a wink.
She managed a soft, “Yes.”
Without waiting to be asked, he pulled out the chair across the table from her and sat.
Neely set her toast on its plate and stared.
Finally, she said his name. 
“Sean.”
“Neely.” As if they were playing a game and it was his turn. 
Sean smiled at her and his eyes twinkled, challenging her to react to his miraculous-and unheralded- presence.
His eyes said— I’ve possessed you. I’ve touched every part of your body. You lay underneath me and quivered. I’ll sit here and pretend that we’re old friends. But I know and you know that there was much more between us. You can never get back what you gave to me. And no other man can ever have it. 
“I was afraid for a moment that you’d forgotten me.”
Neely coughed 
“Not if I tried.”
“Have you tried?”
“No.”
“I’m glad to hear that.”
He was teasing her and she knew it. Just as she knew that no matter how much she would like him to believe she wasn’t affected by his startling appearance,she was every bit as elated as he expected her to be.As difficult as it was, she did herself the favor of masking her excitement.
Except with her eyes. And the little grin that she couldn’t quite supress.}
 From Our Lady of Woodlawn by Beth Anne Niemela
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Remembering to trust that the what I want to read is what I should write. I spend a lot of
time wondering how the sentence I just wrote will be judged by others, when I should be
saying, “I like it, and that’s what matters.”
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have two favorite contemporary authors. Dennis Lehane and Jojo Moyes. They write
very different kinds of books, but they both create characters who are easy to like. I want
to hang out with them. If I don’t like the characters, or care about them, I can’t enjoy the book.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not yet. For my project, Our Lady of Woodlawn, my daughter did some recon work for me in the Woodlawn neighborhood in The Bronx. She took pictures and talked to locals. I would like to spend some time there before I finish the story. If not, I’ll rely on my daughter’s research.
Who designed the covers?
On my first book, I did, with the help of CreateSpace Cover Creator. The photo was mine.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Making the time for it.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned not to dwell on errors in continuity or other mistakes in movies or books.
It’s humbling how easily a mistake can slip through.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write. Just write.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
My characters are my children, be kind to them. 

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MotownWriters Author Feature: Jaia Amoré #Michlit #MotownLit

Where are you from?
I am originally from New York but I have lived in the Metro Detroit since I was a toddler.
Tell us your latest news?
I recently published my first novel.  Right My Life:  A Quest to Find My True Self.
 
When and why did you begin writing?
In 2003, the spirit placed into my soul to begin writing which I did but after a few months I stopped writing due lack of motivation.
 
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I was laid-off from my job in 2009 I decided to return to school to obtain a second masters degree it was then when I realized I not only enjoyed writing but I was also pretty good at it.
What inspired you to write your first book?
With the motivation to heal my life and the hope to inspire others to heal their lives was the inspiration to write my first book.
 
Do you have a specific writing style?
No I don’t but for this particular novel I would say my writing style was more descriptive writing.   I wanted to extend to the reader the same or similar emotions as I felt as the writer.
How did you come up with the title?
I have always liked the play on words, so I decided to use the Right as in correct than to use the word Write, so while I was writing about my life I was in essence correcting it.
 
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes absolutely, despite one’s challenges there are always opportunities to move beyond those challenges to manifest happiness and self-love.
How much of the book is realistic?
I would say a good portion of the book is based on true life events.
 
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Some of the experiences in the book are my own.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Such books like “Value in the Valley:  A Black Woman’s Guide Through Life’s Dilemmas” and “Yesterday I Cried” by Iyanla Vanzant and most certainly “Know Thy Self “ By Dr. Venice Bloodworth.
 
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
It would be most definitely Iyanla Vanzant.  Through her readings I was able to grasp the concepts of what it meant to be my true authentic self.
 
What book are you reading now?
I am not currently reading any books but I plan to purchase a few of Tumika Patrice’s books.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Yes, a close friend of mine wrote a book called “Somewhere Over the Rainbow:  A Quest to Find Love.
 
What are your current projects?
I haven’t started any new projects yet but I look forward to writing a spin-off novel based on a couple character from Right My Life: A Quest to Find My True Self.
 
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Besides my two good friends Demetria Hoskins and Starr Burton, I would say the Motown Writer’s Network has been a good support group.
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I want to be a career writer with many writing facets from writing children books to screenplays.
 
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would choose a different printing company, the firm wasn’t able to provide me with the interior layout that I wanted nor did the front cover look the same as the digital image.
 
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
According to my mother I was praised by my elementary school teachers for my creative readings but I never really considered writing until a few years ago.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
The story is based on the character Noel, she’s a world renowned author/publisher living her dream life, she reflects on her childhood pain, the impact it had on her life and how she managed to heal her life to become whole again.
 
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Writing my thoughts in a way the reader can understand can be challenging.  
 
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have few favorite authors one of them is Beverly Jenkins I like how she incorporates historical Detroit facts in her writings.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No not yet.
 
Who designed the covers?
Tai Bollen of Unique Designs
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding the time to write was one of my major challenges. 
 
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned the true concept of perseverance, I was able to muster up enough of it to go beyond my comfort zone to write about a subject matter that is not easy to have with others.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
I would like to advise other writers to stay encouraged and not be swayed by others to abandon their passion for writing.
 
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
We all have moments or events that shape our lives; they, in essence, create the people we become some of those events however may have damaged us in some way and if that is the case than I press upon you not allow those events to continue to destroy and/or control your life.  It is my hope that along your journey you find your own path to your true self for it the pathway to emotional healing and self-love.  be illumined, be victorious, be love!
 

More From The Author:  Jaiaamore.com

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