A Couple of Laughs + #Giveaway

I’ve mentioned my sister a couple of times before, but today I feel like paying special tribute the lady I affectionately call Sista CJ. I dedicated When the Real Thing Comes Along to her and her reaction was priceless. Take a look. I used slow motion to make sure I captured the full emotional impact. 🙂

 

Then during the winter/ice storm she decided that the trash can just had to be rolled out to the curb; despite the fact that it was highly unlikely that the sanitation workers would even come to pick it up. I sensed the opportunity for some comic relief and let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed.

I hope you had a good laugh at my sister’s expense. If I’m wrong for posting these videos, I don’t wanna be right! After all, laughter is medicine.


On another note, I’m still on tour and today I’m making quite a few stops. Join me at Writing Fiction for the Renewed Mind. There, I’ll be giving 5 easy tips for increasing your blog traffic. After that, check out my book spotlight with authors Adrienne Thompson and Unoma Nwankwor. You’ll get an exclusive excerpt from When the Real Thing Comes Along! And finally if you’re a foodie, mosey on over to Strong Women, Brave Stories where I’ll share the recipe for my mama’s famous Mexican style lasagna. It’s the business y’all. Just take a quick look at the pic below.

I overcooked it just a little!
I overcooked it just a little!

 


Do you have a favorite recipe? A funny joke? Tips for increasing blog traffic? Tell us about them below!

Blog Tour Stops: Writing Fiction for the Renewed Mind, Author Adrienne Thompson,  Strong Women, Brave Stories & Fusing Faith Romance & African Spice!

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If They Only Knew….+ #GIVEAWAY !

A few weeks ago I sent a shout out into cyberspace asking for bloggers that would be willing to host me during my debut novel blog tour. The response I got was absolutely awesome! Wonderfully kind ladies came forward offering to help promote ‘When the Real Thing Comes Along’. Some I’ve known for the last year through following their blogs and some I’ve just ‘met’. They’re all my bosom buddies as a result.

I’m an unusual person. I’ve made my peace with that, but sometimes I’m reminded of just how weird I am and it freaks me out. The dream I had the other night is proof positive that I’ll never have access to #TeamNormal.

Picture it: Memphis, Tennessee 2015. I open the door of my home and all of my bosom buddies are standing on my porch with a copy of ‘When the Real Thing Comes Along’ in their hands. In classic hood style I invite them in and we all turn up; throwing our hands in the air, and waving my book around like we just don’t care. It was an epic night of dancing, book discussions and exclamations of “You look so different in person!” You know, typical nerd like shenanigans.

I woke up with a smile on my face, happy that the love of my cyber bosom buddies and the questionable decision to eat buffalo wings late at night combined to create the perfect storm for the release party of my dreams. Literally.

So you can imagine how thrilled I am to invite you to get to know these fabulous bloggers (and me) a little bit better by following along as I tour with them today! Don’t by shy. Click on the links/pics. We’re all family here.


INTERVIEWS!!!

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 Odyssey of a Novice Writer

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BOOK SPOTLIGHTS!!!

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And now, because that house party was so real for me I leave you with this throwback song from Grammy award winning gospel rap artist Lecrae. This is how I’m doing it all day. Go hard or go home!


Ever have a ridiculous dream that you didn’t want to wake up from? Don’t leave me out here by myself. Tell me all about it in the comments below.

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“The New Mrs. Collins” Blog Tour with Author Quanie Miller

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Have you ever been pleasantly surprised, nay, hooked by a book in a genre you never thought you’d enjoy?  I never read paranormal fiction…like NEVER, but this book made a fan outta me. I’m pretty sure I won’t be alone once you get a peak at author Quanie Miller’s latest release ‘The New Mrs. Collins’. Check out the deets below!

Title: The New Mrs. Collins
Author: Quanie Miller
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: October 13, 2014

Book Blurb

In the small town of Carolville, Louisiana, no one knows that Adira Collins inherited mystic powers from her great grandmother. All they know is that she’s beautiful, poised, graceful, and ruthless—especially when it comes to love. And no one knows that more than Leena Williams, who was all set to marry the man of her dreams until Adira swooped into town and stole the man’s heart.

Being left at the altar is bad enough, but Leena and her ex share custody of their son, so she has to see the new Mrs. Collins on a regular basis.

And it burns every time she does.

But soon, Leena starts to suspect that there is more to Adira Collins than meets the eye. And it’s not because she owns some kinky lingerie shop or allegedly insulted the pastor’s wife—it’s the strange way she can make a door close without touching it, or take one look at something and make it drop dead at her feet.

Leena starts digging for answers and soon discovers that, unlike her public persona, Adira’s true nature is somewhere on the other side of grace. She also learns, a little too late, that some secrets are better left buried.

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Excerpt

Even though Johnny’s house was a good ten miles away, it did not occur to Leena to put on a pair of shoes, or to comb her hair, or wash her face. She walked along Elmer Drive until she got to Stoney Way. She ambled along, not paying attention to anything in particular, when she looked up and saw a woman in a white nightgown walking towards her. There was nothing really remarkable about her except for the fact that her face was on fire. Leena stopped and pointed at the woman. She was going to ask her if she knew her face was on fire when the woman smiled at her. To Leena’s horror, the woman’s face transformed into her face. The woman was her. She looked at her reflection in a store window and saw that it was true: her face was ablaze.

Leena looked down at her fingertips and noticed that they were on fire as well. She wondered — if she touched something, would it burn? She turned her attention to a mailbox on the corner and winced when it blurred, went back into focus, disappeared, and then returned. She walked towards it, stuck her burning finger out, and was shocked to discover that the mailbox wasn’t real. Her finger went right through it as if the mailbox were made of clouds. She was stumped. She looked at her hand again when it dawned on her what she had gone to the kitchen for that morning — to cut the tips from her fingers.

She turned around, headed back to her house and wondered who left her front door wide open. When she got to the kitchen, she laid her hand on the cutting board and took the biggest knife from the cutlery set. She would start with the pinky first. She laid the little finger there, raised the knife high in the air, and just as she was coming down to slice, heard the whisper once more, and this time, it was as clear as a blue diamond sitting in a shallow pool of water: Go to McCullens Bridge.

McCullens Bridge! Well, that made sense. Her face was on fire so it was logical that she should go to McCullens Bridge and stick her head in to put the fire out. Why hadn’t she thought of it before? She walked outside and noticed that the sun was hanging lower than usual, almost on top of her neighbor’s house. She wagged her finger as she walked past it, thinking that if it fell on her head, she’d be in a world of trouble. She looked at it one more time to make sure it would stay put, then she continued walking.

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Quanie Miller grew up in New Iberia, Louisiana. She fell in love with reading at an early age and spent most of her time at the Iberia Parish Library discovering authors like R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike (she was often found walking back home from the library with a stack of books that went up to her chin). She holds degrees from Louisiana State University and San Jose State University. She has been the recipient of the James Phelan Literary Award, the Louis King Thore Scholarship, the BEA Student Scriptwriting Award, and the Vicki Hudson Emerging Writing Prize. She is the author of The New Mrs. Collins, a southern paranormal novel, and It Ain’t Easy Being Jazzy, a romantic comedy. She lives in South Carolina with her husband and is currently, as always, working on another novel. To find out more about Quanie and her works in progress visit quanietalkswriting.com.

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Email: quanie@quanietalkswriting.com

What’d I tell you? That cover! That excerpt! By this point you have to be delightfully intrigued. That’s a nice way of saying you’re dying to know what in the entire H. E. double hockey sticks is going on? Luckily for you (and me!) ‘The New Mrs. Collins’ is available for purchase at any of the following links: 

Did you enjoy the sneak peak? Are you planning to read ‘The New Mrs. Collins’? To see where else Quanie will be on her tour click here. To read about how a bad weave helped Quanie finish this novel click here. Yep, you read that correctly.

My Writing Process–Blog Tour

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Well there’s a first time for everything, and this is my first time going on a blog tour! I’m beyond flattered that fellow blogger Quanie Miller of Quanietalkswriting.com thought to tag me. Out of all the fabulous bloggers in her circle, she chose lil’ ole’ me 😀 I know you can’t see me, but I’m all aglow with pride. Be sure to check out her blog and her hilarious novel It Ain’t Easy Being Jazzy.

Now, on to the questions.

1. What are you working on?

I’m currently working through extensive content editing on my yet unsigned debut novel. It’s a beast, and I’m starting to think it’ll need to be broken up into a series. Its working title is When the Real Thing Comes Along and it’s a realistic contemporary Christian novel. My protagonist’s ultimate goal is to let go of past emotional trauma and open her heart to the possibility of falling in love again. It sounds a little heavy, and at times it is, but it’s also full of laughs. My goal for anyone that reads it is for them to walk away asking themselves some tough questions about love, relationships and who they are in God. 

I’ve got two other novels brewing in my head, but I won’t let myself start to work on them until I get WTRTCA out. My next protagonist is getting a little antsy, so I need get to writing her story soon!

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Mmmhhhh…Christian fiction has really evolved over the last few years, primarily due to the self publishing revolution. Back in the day, major publishing houses had specific rigid guidelines regarding the main character’s morality and actions. It made sense, because most readers of faith-based literature chose to read that genre in an effort to avoid potentially offensive material. The only problem was that often the books ended up being totally unrealistic. So I guess this is my round about way of saying that my work differs from others in the Christian genre by attempting to keep it as real as possible. I’m a Christian and I’ve made mistakes and stupid decisions. The characters in my stories tend to do the same. But guess what? God still loves us, flaws and all. I hope that’s what stands out as the main message in everything I write.

Why do I write what I do?

I think I sort of delved into that with the previous question. But I’ll take a moment to also add that Christian fiction is not my ONLY genre. It’s the genre of my current work in progress. My goal is to blur the lines between genres. Eventually, I hope my entire body of work spans various ethnicities, races, faith practices, lifestyles, etc. All people are fascinating to me, and I think everyone has a story to tell. I write because I have something to say. I write because, through out my life, books have been my saving grace. If I can offer someone else a needed escape or the opportunity to look at the world through a different set of lenses, I count it a privilege.

How does your writing process work?

What process? You mean people actually have a thought out method to the madness of writing? Stories pop in and out of my head for months, sometimes years, before I actually write them down. I know I need to write it when it won’t let me go! I’m absent-minded, but if I sit down and play out a scene or short story in my mind, I can re-create it eons later on paper. I don’t want to sound totally out there, but it’s almost like the stories I tell are memories of lives I never lived, but that need to be shared. When I decide to finally write the story out, I’m character driven. I start it, and then they take over. It’s entertaining for me to see where they go. It’s also frustrating, but hey, that’s life.

Who am I adding to the tour?

As much as I’ve enjoyed talking about myself, it’s not all about me. I get to tag someone I think should join us on this tour. Ann Fields is the wonderful author of Fuller’s Curse–a psychological horror story with super natural elements that will leave you breathless! She’s also blogging at annfields.com. I hope you all take a moment to check out Ann’s space in the blogosphere!

What’s Your Writing Process?

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