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Cover Reveal – Riding the Curve

RidingTheCurveMorning folks! Remember I was talking about how excited I was for my first cover? Well, here it is. Isn’t it the most yummy thing you’ve ever had eyes on? *squee*

Ahem, okay. That was really immature, but this will be my first release. I will be doing a free short to get some people interested in my way. Look for that to be available by the end of the month.

Riding the Curve is part of a short erotica series Shar is doing with Remmy Duchene.

 

CatcherRemmy’s release, Catcher will be first on August 20th. It is MM so for those of you who love some hot men together, it is the book for you. Here’s the unofficial blurb:

After leaving Taggart City, Kade Quest never thought he’d return. His baseball career took off and life is good. When a collision at home plate lands him on the disabled list followed by a demotion to Triple A baseball until he was strong enough to return to the Crimsons, Kade sees this as a sign–to face up to the feelings he has for Lance Andrews and do something about them.

Lance Andrews is a simple man. He loves a cold beer and a great game of baseball on a Saturday afternoon. When his old crush, Kade Quest, comes back to town, Lance isn’t prepared for anything to happen between them. But what’s a guy to do when Kade gives him an offer he should refuse but can’t?

That sounds really hot, right? I’m looking forward to reading it. We aren’t sure when Riding the Curve will be out. Probably in mid September. It will be my first official book. Hey, I’ve been waiting three years to do a book.

*Shar grimaces*

Okay, really, sorry Shar. I know its tough to have 4 demanding muses, so I forgive you.

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BLMorticia also has an MM release in this series called Double Play. I’ve been taking a peek and let me tell you, it is hot as hell! Talk about yumminess! Look for that later on in the year. For now, enjoy the hot covers in the MLA series, coming your way starting August 20th! Shout out to Addendum for doing these fabulous covers for us!

Titillating Tuesday & News

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More swirl pics, and I have news!

Shar and I finished our first book!

YAY!

The book is called Riding the Curve.

The tricky part is if we will sub or self the book.

I’m also about to start a short called Rain Delay and I have like five other books on the docket!

So you will be seeing some Veronica on Amazon very soon!

Titillating Tuesday – NSFW

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I adore this shot. 

It gave me some ideas for a story I want to write.

Beautiful voluptuous woman being manhandled by her prince. Caressed and touched. 

She doesn’t look turned on yet.

Hmm, that may be a problem.

Perhaps he hasn’t hit the right spot!

Very Exciting News!

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I’ve got very exciting news.

I already have my first 2 stories ready to be written as well as my first cover!

*teenager squee*

Okay, ok. 

Unfortunately, I cannot show you the cover just yet, but it is hot.

My first two stories will be erotica romance shorts, so you’ll get a gist of what I write.

Just stayed tuned to this space!

Embracing Diversity in Fiction — REPOST

I’ve wanted to do another article about diversity in fiction for a while now. My first was about interracial romances and why I love writing them. With so much chatter going about the need for diversity in books, I had to speak on it again.

First let’s start off with a question for authors. Since I’m an author too, I figured I’d begin here. You’re an author and you have an idea for a story which features a character of a race other than your own. Say it’s a black male and you as a white female or male aren’t sure what to write. Do you scrap this idea, even though it could be one of your best books or do you try doing it yourself and using what you’ve seen on TV as your guide? I’ve talked with authors before who’ve said they’d rather not do the “black” character for fear of getting it wrong, but unless you’re doing a historical, say something in the days of slavery or in 1920’s Harlem New York, what could you possibly get wrong?

I say this because I’m a black female who may not fit the mold of the so called black stereotype.  One example, I like rock music and not rap. I don’t talk slang like many may perceive a black person to do. Yet, I’ve seen books with black characters who fit that description. In many publications, even those written by black authors, black characters are painted a certain way. The way they talk, dress, the neighborhood they’re from. Is it wrong? Not necessarily, but does it hold true for every black male or female? No. What I’m getting at is, when you’re an author you don’t have to draw from those stereotypes unless it fits into the plot. If your story is centered around black males who talk slang and dress a certain way fine. The problem comes in when every book paints black characters that way.

What about you as the reader? If the cover features characters that aren’t like you, are you more apt to shy away from it or does it even matter? I’ve heard rumblings about covers with black characters not selling well. Even worse, publishers haven’t put people of color on the front at all because they fear it won’t be marketable. Why is this? Do we live in a world that is fully white? No, so why should this even be an issue? The book should be judged on its plot and subject matter. If that’s interesting to you then you shouldn’t be deterred to read it because of the characters on the front.

I’m an author and reader who loves reading and writing books about diversity. Some people might take issue with certain books because of the race of characters. That’s not me. If the storyline is interesting I’ll read it whether it be two of the same race or multicultural. We live in a very diverse world so why wouldn’t we want more books that reflect today’s society?

In my opinion, authors should be the leaders in showing what’s outside the box. We should be writing characters whether they’re of different race, sexual orientation, religion, and or gender. Fiction is supposed to be about freedom to express yourself and it shouldn’t be held back because of what people think or say. People in general just want well written books with fleshed out characters not the colors of their skin or what religions they are.

We need more diversity in fiction for so many reasons. Why stifle creativity because of our various differences? I’m sure you’re saying it’s easier said than done but if we all do what we can to embrace diversity around us someone else might just learn from it and pass it on.

What has Changed since June 2014?

*taps mic* 

Is this thing on?

As I said in my last post, it’s been almost 3 years since I posted on the Veronica site. No fault of this muse. Grrrrl, I told her … *laughs* Anyway, yes, it’s been a while and in that timeframe what have we seen?

  1. New President. UGH don’t get me started
  2. Inequality coming to the forefront
  3. The racist roaches coming out the woodwork
  4. More awareness of whitewashing in books, TV, and movies
  5. Black Lives Matter

The list goes on and on. And yet, men are STILL walking around with their pants hanging off their asses. TELL ME WHY THIS IS STILL A THING!

*clears throat*

Yes, there has been a lot of changes. I believe the biggest thing has to be the awareness or the “woke” thing. I myself have gone through a sort of metamorphosis because things still aren’t equal or fair in the world and it’s got to change.

Like now would be excellent.

The new political climate is scary at best. When my rights as a woman are being decided by a bunch of stinky old white men, there is a problem. Not only that, the government is putting their noses where they don’t belong. They claim to be Christian, but they aren’t. You can’t use religion for your backwards ideals. It doesn’t work that way.

And then, there’s those roaches. Thank you social media for bringing these clowns out the woodwork. You might blame it on #45. Yep, I’m not going to say his name. However, it isn’t all his fault. Suddenly, people who have distinct problems with people of color are making their hatred known. White nationalist is the nice way of saying I hate everyone who isn’t white.

Yes. White supremacists. Freaking bastards.

And though I side with Black Lives Matter on some things, I don’t agree with stopping traffic on highways, not letting emergency vehicles through while they march. Nor should they be excluding people of other races who want to be allies. We need to work together. Yes, we want to tell people that we DO matter, but why will we stoop as low as the white nationalists and exclude people?

As I said on an Instagram post, you can’t demand acceptance if you yourself don’t accept others. This goes for everybody. It doesn’t mean you want equality for only blacks, whites, GLBTQ, Hispanics and not for Muslims. This isn’t selective equality. That’s what the government is doing. Those fools are picking and choosing who they want to receive benefits. More like screw the people, let’s just protect ourselves.

*breathes*

Only 2 years plus and so much has changed. It’s been a roller coaster and I wish to get off this hell ride and go back to sanity. The only way we can change it is by supporting equal rights organizations, marching, getting involved. Call and email your representatives, and of course when midterms come up, get out and vote these critters out of their comfy seats. We need more people in office who believe in equality for all.

#END RANT