ARe 12 Days Of Christmas: Dark Star FREE!!

Dark Star, the sequel to my best-seller Rock Star is free December 18-19th at ARe. They have all the formats for your various devices, so if you haven’t read this one yet be sure to check it out!


And the Changes Keep Coming

Wow, the past six months have been an absolute whirlwind, and the changes keep coming. I’ve taken down my website and now only have the blog. What do you think of the roses background? It’s a favorite picture of mine. Some people complained that the white text was too hard to read on the dark background. Is this better? Hot for Teacher was slightly delayed by my husband’s hernia surgery. He’s my cover designer and just hasn’t been up to any design work for the past couple of months. Fortunately, he’s feeling better now and I hope to have the book out the first week of June. That pushes the new Pussycat Death Squad book to August, but I’m determined to make the schedule. Superstar should be right on time.

You guys so totally rock and I always want to produce my absolute best for you. Dark Star sold well beyond even my wildest dreams and I love you for that. I want to always be deserving of your incredible support. I haven’t forgotten the write as you go contest, just a bit sidetracked by my husband’s illness. Please do continue to submit ideas. I was thinking that maybe limiting it to holidays wasn’t such a good idea. So, you guys submit any ideas you want for a story I can write and post on the blog. I’m really looking forward to your ideas. Again, thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart.

2012 Publishing Schedule

I know I haven’t been blogging much, but that’s mainly because I’ve been working my butt off trying to make sure I have a book for you guys every few months or so this year. Next up is Hot for Teacher. I don’t think I’ve talked about this book at all in this blog because I wasn’t too sure where I wanted to go with it. Essentially, it’s about Caja, the owner of a local gym who is an avowed adherent to the hit it and quit it school of romance, and the hotter than the hinges of hell second grade teacher who is determined to change her mind. God willing, and provided nobody else in the household comes down with flu, I hope to have this one up by April.

I’ve also got a Pussycat Death Squad sequel in the works. Vries St. John is a world-acclaimed supermodel and an assassin so skilled she can, “slip a blade between your ribs and be off to have a manicure before you even know you’re dead.” The newest member of the the Death Squad, her assignment is to protect a Russian billionaire mogul who is testifying against the Russian mafia. The tough part of her job? Keeping him alive without revealing that she’s his bodyguard. I hope to have this one ready in July.

And the last book for 2012 is Superstar. Sioux Dupree, who you met briefly in Dark Star, was a multiplatinum superstar at 15 and a washed up pop star by the time she was 21. Seeking to redeem her career and to save her soul from the drugs that have plagued her since puberty, she finally achieves her goal: Being the opening act for StormCrow, her favorite band of all time. The question is, can she survive the travails of the road, and if she crashes this time will she take Thad, the band’s young guitar prodigy down with her? This will be late December or possibly early January next year.

Dark Star is doing very well, and I so appreciate your love and support. I can’t tell you how much it means to me. God willing I will continue to fulfill my contract with you:

Exciting stories about black women living and loving thrilling lives.


***Dark and Dashing Contest***

To celebrate our first forays into self-publishing, Lisa G. Riley and I thought we’d share a little of our joy by offering an absolutely FANTABULOUS contest that will reward not just one, but TWO, winners! We will randomly pick two people who answer the following questions correctly and who subscribe (or are already subscribers) to both Lisa’s and my blogs to win a Kindle Touch and one copy each of Lisa’s and my co-authored e-books together, Given and Stolen. If the winners so choose, they may have a $100 or B&N gift certificate instead of the Kindle Touch.

Didn’t I tell you that this contest is fantabulous?

The Dark and Dashing contest — or as it’s more affectionately known, the Double D,  will close on February 20, 2012, noon CST. Please send all answers to

Lisa’s new book is Dashing Through the Snow and as you know, mine is Dark Star. Subscribe to Lisa’s blog here and mine here. Good luck!

Contest Questions:

How old were Lily and Smith when they met?

What is Tonya’s favorite treat?

What does Lily’s cousin want her to bring him back from Chicago?

What’s the name of the island Nate takes Tonya to?

Who did Smith bring with him when he left Texas?

What’s the name of the restaurant chain Tonya’s books are based on?

What is Lily’s first client’s name?

What university did Tonya and Nate attend?