T H E T A S T E… sparkling wine. Champagne is like a party in a glass. With fresh and bright notes, Champagne is only brought out in times of celebrations. This isn’t a casual kind of drink unless you’re paid and got it like that… to sip on the best at least. But even if you are the kind to not have it often, if it’s really good, you’ll never forget its name.
TITLE: C H A M P A G N E
(A vignette from the Drinks On Me Series)
For some people, club lights can be a little blinding. The music too loud. And the people beyond obnoxious.
But this was my second home.
T H E T A S T E… strong and unapologetically bold. Some find black coffee tasteless and difficult to drink on its own without having it lightened or sweetened. It takes a unique individual to sip on it just as it is.
TITLE: B L A C K C O F F E E
(A vignette from the Drinks On Me Series)
“Can I get a refill?” He asked.
For me, creating projects around the holidays is significant because holidays are markers in time that are consistent making a holiday project something you can return to every year and not get bored with reading… hopefully.
Last Christmas, I released my short story Unsilent Knight and made it available for free for five days. I knew I didn’t want to publish another short via Amazon this year so I decided to come up with something else.
At first, I thought about blogging every day for the month of December. But the way my patience is set up, I wouldn’t make it past day ten. Plus, when I actually sat down to plan the blog posts, the topics were all over the place and I didn’t find them interesting which led me to believe you wouldn’t either. If I can’t enjoy writing it I will not commit to it.
So then I thought about writing a blog post every day from the 1st to the 25th. Youtubers and some bloggers do something similar called Vlogmas or Blogmas where they create content every day until Christmas day.
But again, the way my patience is set up… nah.
And that’s when I came up with the idea for Drinks on Me.
Your new guilty pleasure is now LIVE on Amazon and FREE with Kindle Unlimited! Every time I release a book, I feel a rush of excitement and nerves. It’s like a cocktail of anxiety. This is one book I had to step out of my comfort zone to write and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!
Check out the synopsis and click the link to read a sample and download your copy today. Happy Halloween 🎃.
12 characters. 5 short stories. 1 book
In two weeks I’ll release my 12th self-published book on Amazon. Well, technically, it’s my 5th actual book since most of what I self-publish are short stories but I digress. The book is Forbidden, and it was one of my most challenging books I’ve worked on. The process was tedious but I’m ecstatic with what I’ve created. Months of research and creating character profiles has resulted in well-told stories that offers the one thing I search for in books, the perfect escape. So, since we’re inching closer to Halloween, the release day for my Forbidden Anthology, I’m ready to talk about the creative process behind it.
Hey, y’all and happy fall!
I got inspired by a photo the other day so I’m back with a new short story lol. I’ve been spending a lot of time working on one of my final books for 2017, “Mr & Mrs. Jones,” the sequel to my novella “Girl Code.” In both stories, one of the characters, Amir, is always talking about how another character, Melodee, is his muse. So, this was also one of the inspirations behind the title of this short.
I wrote this short in a few hours and self-edited it in one day. I forced myself not to edit it for longer just to keep to my own challenge of producing a story that’s raw and less than perfect. I’m one of those writers who prefers to organize everything. Flesh out characters and plots. Research and outline details before I even sit in front of a blank page. So, I use my short stories to step out of my comfort zone and to make things up on the fly. And here is the product of that.
Enjoy and as always, let me know what you think!
As always, I wanted to challenge myself and try something different, so vibe with me on this 😘
Although I’m always down for great dialogue (I think I’m pretty comfortable writing dialogue), I prefer writing descriptions in my stories. I find that descriptions anchor readers in a scene and makes them see what the writer sees, offering a damn good mind movie.
It’s a preference and we as writers are all different. But I wanted to see if I could carry the fire of a story with more dialogue than usual so… I came up with this story concept inspired by this Reese Royce photo… I LOVE his drawings as I’m sure you’ve realized.
Anyway, in the dawn of FaceTime and Skype, I wanted to force my characters to use their words and their imaginations 😉.
Wanna read about it?? Let me know what you think!
Title: Incoming Call
I released a subscriber only story this morning to BK Insiders and since it’s #teasertuesday I figured I’d share the first few pages. Check it out and if you want to keep reading, join the club 😉
Title: An Unexpected Love: Nubia and Naazir’s Brooklyn Love Story
Back with another one but this one is a little different from the others. I tried a different writing style and technique. I wanted to challenge myself, switching between past and present, using the same words but in different ways to move the story along without losing you as the reader. I like to use these short stories as a way to train my writing muscle… a.k.a. my brain lol. Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think. As always, this is explicit so read if you ’bout it 😘.
Title: LoveKilla (Not Another Love Story)