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A Clarification

Since another author has taken it upon herself to spread lies and unfounded rumors about me, I thought it prudent to make a statement in regard to the matter.

A while back I did a blog post about the “columbusing” of IR/MC romance. An author in another genre who knows nothing about the romance community has chosen to make an unfounded attack on me for that post. This author knows nothing about the racism/white supremacy black authors have experienced for more than three decades in this genre. She knows nothing about the blatant appropriation of authors like Suzanne Brockmann who take credit for a genre black women have been nurturing longer than she has been alive.
As for my comment on Gallus Mag’s blog about trans women, she also knows nothing about a conversation that ran to more 300 comments. If you read that thread you will see that this was a lengthy conversation relating to an article by a trans woman concerned about the activities of his fellow trans women. This other author’s assertion that I called a trans woman a gay boy is total bullshit as well. As for shooting a random trans woman on sight, again a load of nonsense. I was making a hyperbolic comment about a specific trans woman who gets a fetishistic kick from hanging out in women’s spaces. And my comment pertained to the fact that many women are feeling endangered by the trans notion that any man who says he is a woman is in fact a woman and should be treated accordingly.
If you want to know more about my opinion about trans women and the concerns I have about them, please don’t hesitate to read my post, Stop Taking Crazy Pills.

roslynholcomb:

Yeah, what she said.

Originally posted on Lisa G. Riley.com:

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Here’s why you should join (right now) Roslyn Hardy Holcomb’s and my new group, Y’all Better Get You Some:

  • You like us
  • “Just Because” giveaways (in fact there will be one today)
  • You’ll be rewarded for your loyalty
  • Sneak peeks at WIPs (Ros has something up at this very moment)
  • Access to our new books a week before the general public
  • We’re just fun people to know

So come on over and join us because you don’t want to miss out on:

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Lisa and I have a Facebook group. I know, I know. Some of you are saying, What for? While others are asking, What took you heffas so long? And of course, What’s in it for me? I’ll answer all three questions. The purpose of the group is to keep our fans in the know about upcoming books, and to reward you for your loyalty over the years. And, of course, to sell books. It took us a long time to do this because basically we are the world’s slowest writers and we didn’t want anything to take away from that.

What’s the benefit? The main benefit is that group members will have an opportunity to buy our books at least one week before anyone else. This will be time sensitive, so if you’re not a member you’ll probably miss out. Lisa and I also plan to have other premiums for members like t-shirts and possibly some type of meet and greet in the future. Keep in mind that we’re both introverted as hell so the meet and greet might not happen if we don’t get a lot of people in our group. So tell your family and friends to come on in. We’ll also post snippets from upcoming books, and answer any questions you might have.

Sign up now to get the best seats!!!

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And what word is that word? Sex Trafficking. Think about it. When you hear the word sex trafficking, do you think about some poor girl in a foreign country forced by her circumstances into porn/prostitution commercial rape? I’ll bet you do, because that’s the image we’ve been fed, essentially forever. Did you know that commercial rape is a 9.5 BILLION dollar a year industry in THIS COUNTRY? Did you know the average victim age is 13-14? Did you know that one in three teen runaways will be lured into commercial rape within 48 hours of leaving home? These aren’t poor kids “over there,” you know in those fucked up countries where something bad is always happening. Nope, this is right here in the United States.

Top Twenty Cities for Human Trafficking

Houston
• El Paso
• Los Angeles
• Atlanta
• Chicago
• Charlotte
• Miami
• Las Vegas
• New York
• Long Island
• New Orleans
• Washington, D.C.
• Philadelphia
• Phoenix
• Richmond
• San Diego• San Francisco
• St Louis
• Seattle
• Tampa

Were you surprised by any of those? Richmond? Seriously? Charlotte? Who’da thunk? Yeah, there are some surprises there, for those who aren’t paying attention. I live in Atlanta. I can leave my house right now and find a prostituted girl in less than thirty minutes. I bet you could too, if you’re paying attention.

Of course, it’s easy to dismiss prostitution, after all, most people don’t buy sex, or do they? What about the other arm of commercial rape? That which we call porn. I won’t go into all lamentations about the horrors of porn, after all, we know them, don’t we? We know that most of the women participating in commercial rape have been sexually abused and are addicted to one or more drugs and/or alcohol. But there’s that little word, consent. Oh yes. They consent. So let’s talk about consent, shall we? Can someone who has been beaten, raped and strung out on drugs, really consent to anything? What about the notion that commercial rape is just like any other job? We even use that despicable euphemism, sex work, as though commercial rape could ever be defined in such a way. Even a despised employer like Wal-Mart couldn’t get away with treating their workers the way women in commercial rape are treated. What if Wal-Mart took advantage of dope sick workers and forced them to work in violation of acceptable work standards? Yeah, Wal-Mart’s been boycotted to hell and back for considerably less.

And you might say, oh, it’s just sex. Have you looked at porn lately? I know I hadn’t, and it has been an eye-opening experience. Did you know that 40% of commercial rape videos feature ATM. What’s ATM? Trust it has nothing to do with a cash machine, it’s ass-to-mouth. In other words, anal sex followed by fellatio with no washing in between. Does that sound like “just sex” to you? Could Wal-Mart force their workers to literally eat shit? Do I have to tell you how lethal such a practice can be? Is there any employer in this country who could get away with such a thing?  I would say, no. Yet, this is routine in today’s video commercial rape. Why is that okay?

Things that used to be ‘fringe” are mainstream in a way you could not imagine. Almost all video commercial rape features violence, some of it extreme violence. Such as deliberately ejaculating in a woman’s eyes. I just want you think about how painful, not to mention dangerous such an activity can be. And think about the person who is sitting at home masturbating to such a visual. Do you want to be within a hundred yards of such a person? I know damned well I wouldn’t. After all, they wouldn’t make this if it wasn’t profitable. The producers of commercial rape videos are very clear on the fact that they make these videos for men who hate women. That the typical consumer is getting revenge for all the women he couldn’t have. And let us not forget, these women are raped, brutalized and drug-addled in the extreme.

Now back to that word sex trafficking. The typical sex trafficking victim in this country isn’t from some godforsaken foreign place. They’re typically from neighborhoods like yours and mine. We can’t dismiss this as something that’s somebody else’s problem. We have to make a decision, what do we care more about, our children or a porn sick freak’s ability to beat off to violence and debasement?  We can no longer dismiss this as something that happens to other people, or buy into claims that it’s “sex work” and the myth of consent. That dialogue only benefits the rapists and the procurers, nobody else. It certainly doesn’t help prostituted women and children.  You may choose to ignore the issue, but  you can no longer say you didn’t know.

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I’ve been working very hard to wrap up Pussycat in Peril. As y’all know, I really love my pussycats and have a lot of fun writing these stories. The covers are fun too. From the start of the series back at Loose Id, I wanted the covers to have a comic book feel to them because in my head these women are superheroes. Larger than life. Able to leap tall buildings, yadda. I remember giving the artist pictures of She-Hulk and other similar comic book heroes, but also pictures of Pam Grier as Coffy. No, I’ve never seen Coffy, or any blaxploitation film. My mama was having none of that, but I have seen the posters and screen captures and they are bad-ass to the extreme. So I wanted me some of that.

The Pussycat book covers, more than any others have a style book. The backdrop must be an international location. The Pussycat books are in a way a tribute to what I loved about romance novels when I was a youngun; they allowed a small town girl like me to travel the world and I thought that was hella cool. So those exotic locales must be incorporated as well. PDS_2x3The heroine has to be an active figure, no damsels in distress, and she has to have a weapon. That hasn’t been a problem thus far, but will be in the next Pussycat book, Diamonds on the River, because she’s a jewel thief and doesn’t do weapons. My son wants one of my books to have a woman with an missile launcher. So I have to keep that in mind. He also wants me to write a book with a boy defeating an evil monster that eats the children in his village. Yeah, this gig is a family affair.

Anyway, back to Pussycat in Peril. I’ve really struggled to come up with a concept for this book cover. I bought a stock photo a while back, and it’s good, but it doesn’t really capture the vibe of the story. For one thing, I really want this heroine to be wearing a hijab. For a lot of reasons, but mainly authenticity. They’re stranded in the mythical North African city of Laritrea under siege by a ISIS type group. It would be normal for her to wear a hijab, and she wears an abaya to conceal her rifle as she’s a sniper. I want him to wear a keffiyeh, though they’re not common in the region, primarily because of all those sheikh books in the 1980s. I hated those books with a passion and made my hero, who is Egyptian Arab as unlike those stories as possible. For one thing, my hero is an American Marine, born and raised in Tennessee. So yeah, you can see my problem. A stock photo, with a man and a woman, she must have a weapon and both must be in traditional clothing. The main problem with her is that in most stock photos when a woman has a gun she’s also half naked. I guess it’s supposed to soften her aggressiveness or something. But having fired a semiautomatic weapon I can tell you, hot shell casings are very much a thing and if you get one of those down your bosom, well, yeah, not fun. Also, if she’s wearing a head cover  it would be ridiculous for her to be half dressed below the neck. The struggle is real.

Since I started self-publishing, nailing down the cover image I want is one of the first steps in writing a book. I keep an idea folder on my computer and I start by storyboarding the cover and sometimes the scenery. I’ve started doing this on Pinterest as well. If you’re interested in this process, check me out on Pinterest. Sometimes we have to make changes when Whit and I don’t agree on the concept, or the image doesn’t work for some reason. He’s very particular about the type of photos he works with and it took me a minute to grasp the technical aspects of cover art. And then there are those times when he just doesn’t like the picture. No technical reason. He just thinks it’s ugly. Given all that, this is the first book I’ve written in a while that didn’t begin with the cover. As I said, I found some stock, but it didn’t really grab me. It wasn’t until this past weekend that I finally found the pictures I want, with emphasis on pictures. This cover is going to require four, possibly five stock photos. Whit’s going to have to do a lot of meshing. Unfortunately, Whit hates meshing.

In a word folks, this cover is going to be amazing. Watch this space. With any luck it’ll be out before Easter!!!

I can’t believe I even have to say this, but here goes, Henceforth and into perpetuity Sally Hemings, indeed, ALL MY ANCESTORS, are off-limits as fodder for your pathetic little stroke books. The fact that anyone could defend the “publishing” of BDSM erotica book about Thomas Jefferson and his pedophiliac rape of a 14 year old child who was his wife’s sister and whom he happened to own is beyond my comprehension. And just for those who apparently have no grasp of history, and apparently think Jefferson in Paris was a documentary or something let’s clear a few things up:

This was NO love connection. How the hell can a “relationship between a 14 year old slave and her 45 year old master be classified as anything other than rape is sick as all hell.

And I can’t believe I even have to say this, but Jefferson never married Hemings. Indeed he never even freed her or her children as he promised. Jefferson was broke as hell by the time he died, also, manumitted slaves were not allowed to remain in Virginia, so he put his comforts and his wallet (for once) above any truth or honesty.

Hemings left no diary. Most of everything we know about her was told by her son Madison Hemings who referred to her as Jefferson’s “concubine,” with all the baggage that word implies. There was certainly no declaration of love or any type of feelings for this man from her, or her from him. Basically she was a convenience as he’d promised his wife he’d not marry again. She had a horror of her children being subjected to a stepmother.

And just in case you don’t comprehend why this is wrong let me be clear, it’s racist, it’s pedophiliac, and it’s absolutely nauseating. Stop it. Jenny Trout has launched a campaign to have the book pulled, a campaign I support with every fiber of my being. And since some have accused Jenny of being matronly toward black women, as a black woman I will stand up for myself and for my ancestors. Step the hell off or live to regret it.

***The use of the term “ignorant slut” is an old pop culture reference that most people around these days are probably too young to remember. It’s from a Saturday Night Live sketch which was a spoof of an old Shana Alexander/James Kilpatrick segment on 60 Minutes called Point/Counterpoint. Regular readers know I use the term quite a bit on my blog and direct it toward both men and women, but it has been pointed out to me, it was thoughtless of me to assume that everyone is in on the joke.

roslynholcomb:

I would suggest that any woman with a Planet Fitness membership find somewhere else to work out because…damn. Any dude who claims to be a woman can use the female locker room? No danger in that, oh no.

Update: Courtesy of Gallus Mag. Turns out old boy wasn’t a trans woman after all. Just a garden variety sexual fetishist all into that “sissy boy” porn shit who stopped by to hang up his bag in the women’s locker room. TWICE. No hormones. No surgery. Just a pornsick dude in fishnets. Now who wants to give me the over and under over whether there was a camera in that bag?

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Originally posted on GenderTrender:

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A woman in Midlands, Michigan was banned from the Planet Fitness gym and had her membership revoked after she complained of being frightened by a man in the women’s locker room.

Yvette Cormier told news channel WNEMTV5 that she supports LGBT people but that the man in the locker room gave no indication whatsoever of being a transgender person. “This is very unprofessional. It’s very scary”, she said. “I was stunned and shocked. He totally looked like a man. He was not dressed like a woman at all.”

She reported him to Planet Fitness management. “They proceeded to tell me that they have to embrace whatever sex somebody thinks they are.” She was told by management that Planet Fitness policy allows any male who “self-reports” an internal “female identity” the right to access areas of public nudity which are sex-segregated for the…

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roslynholcomb:

So Lisa and I were interviewed over at Smart Girls Love SciFi. Y’all really need to go over and check it out. We talk about our three Eshu Books; Stolen, Given and the contemporary, Rumors of Wars and the upcoming sequel, Acts of Wars.

Originally posted on Smart Girls love SciFi:

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Roslyn Hardy Holcomb and Lisa G. Riley are two writers of steamy, smart, sophisticated interracial and multicultural romances. As a team, they write the ESHU CHRONICLES historical paranormal romances and RUMORS OF WARS, a dark, gritty urban fantasy. As a fan of both individual authors, I was pleased to find them working together. Both were gracious enough to take time out of their busy schedules to answer a few questions and talk about upcoming projects.

RK: What was your path to writing and why did you choose romance?

Roslyn: I’ve been a writer for more or less my entire life, though primarily in nonfiction. I’ve also been a romance reader since I was nine years old. I started writing romances because I liked interracial romances, and at the time, 2002, they were very scarce on the ground.

Lisa: I’ve been writing since about the age of nine, but reading since…

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“Acts of Wars” Excerpt

roslynholcomb:

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Lisa posted this excerpt from Acts of Wars on her blog.

Originally posted on Lisa G. Riley.com:

A little something to commemorate Hump Day. Happy reading!

Gregor Glinka stared through the windowpane at the dark city street outside his home, his long fingers cradling and caressing the bowl of the brandy snifter he held with both pale, narrow hands.

“I hope you are right, my love, and the Abomination returns with the information you need. I do not trust her. One should not trust any of her kind; the how of their existence would naturally make them a faithless group.”

The silky, heavily-accented voice came from behind him, and Gregor turned from the window to look at his lover of fifty years. She was a beautiful woman, and her beauty had been what had attracted him initially, but other qualities beckoned him to her side time after time. Ambitious as she was beautiful and with equal parts vicious and good, she had powerful magic in her and…

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Acts of Wars Cover


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Fresh out of Photoshop. I can’t believe how amazing this cover is. This is the cover for the sequel to Rumors of Wars. Coming this spring.

Photo from The Reed Files

Cover Design Whit Holcomb

Cover Model Kimberly Cherí Graham

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