December 25th marked the release of the fifth installment of The Diamond Collection, Diamonds N’ Roses. The book is currently available in print and E-book on Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, BooksAMillion.com, etc. The e-book edition is $2.99 and the paperback version of the novel is $10.00.
While I am excited about the release of my fifth novel, the release is bittersweet. Throughout writing the fifth book, I fell out of love with novel writing and with my characters. Due to this, my interest grew in screenwriting and I started working on new storylines with fresh characters. This helped as I began working towards a Master’s degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in writing for the stage and screen at Queens University (Charlotte, NC). Balancing work and school caused my attention to be swayed away from the novel and almost delayed the release of the book, but thankfully I (along with my fantastic editor) was able to finish the project on schedule.
At this time, it is imperative that I take a break from the series as I focus my attention on other projects. This does not mean that the series has come to a close, but it means that at this time I do not have a release date in mind for the sixth book, The Diamond Tiara, or for future works. However, the project has been started (which those of you will see who have purchased a copy of Diamonds N’ Roses.) I hope you enjoy this new book and remember to keep shining!
New Release: Pluff Mud Murders by Ann Carpenter
Local author releases brand new suspenseful read, Pluff Mud Murders now available at Amazon.com.
Mandi Christine Kerr,an
American actress, director.
Book Description: Riley Jordan has come home to Charleston to begin a new life—a life interrupted when she was a young child, and still haunted by vague memories of danger and mystery. After years of living the fast-paced life of New York’s publishing world, Riley will be the editor-in-chief of Charleston’s Premier
It should be the perfect life. But things are not what they seem.
Soon, Riley, who has suffered amnesia since a traumatic event in her childhood, finds herself embroiled in the past history and current events of the powerful Radisson family, a family whose evil deeds have evaded the long arm of the law, and whose influence reaches far beyond the city limits. When Riley is confronted with three tiny coffins upon a visit to the former Radisson Estate, she begins a journey into the past that will bring her into contact with Summer Radisson and her sister Hayden. Forced by current events to return to her tortured past, Riley is confronted with long-buried secrets that have an impact not only on her life, but on the lives of Alex Keys, a detective who is trying to find out who she really is, and his former partner, Phil Leatherman, who was forced from his position in the department because he knew too much. Under suspicion herself, Riley vacillates between wanting to remember whatever may have happened, and a desire to put the past—whatever it might reveal—behind her, and start life over. But the past is imposing itself upon her very life. As she learns through a series of revelations, “Death is the key that opens the door to the past.” This epitaph from Jefferson Radisson’s grave may indeed provide answers to the secret that has been buried too long—and that will finally set Riley free.
It is my birthday and as a special gift to you all, I would like to share with you the first seven chapters of Diamonds N’ Roses. This draft of the novel has not been professionally edited, but will give you insight on what to expect in Part Five of The Diamond Collection.
This sneak peek is available exclusively on Amazon’s Kindle. The price is currently set at .99, but a free promotion for the preview will run for the book, starting on Thursday, April 14th – Monday, April 18th. Click the Diamonds N’ Roses book cover to be directed to the book’s Amazon’s page.
For those of you who do not have a Kindle, please drop your email below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and a PDF of the special preview will be delivered to you. I hope you enjoy and happy reading! Razzle Dazzle!
Being Starkey discusses gratitude journals and is hosting a giveaway!
I’ve always been a journal-er. I remember as a child, I used to write down my inner most thoughts in my journal or diary. I stopped journaling for a while, and started focusing on my blog. However, last year I picked it back up and started a gratitude journal. It was a dedication to my little cousin who lost his life last year to gun violence. Before he passed away, he was working hard and wanted to give us a small Christmas gift. I used the money to get a journal and a nice pen. His bright personality made an indent in each and every one of our lives. My goal was to use the journal to write down those small blessings that we sometimes take for granted. It truly helped me to grow and appreciate the small things.
Oprah Winfrey shared, “I know for sure that appreciating whatever shows up…
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Within the last year, acclaimed fashion designer, Carmen Davenport, has witnessed the ups and downs of being romantically linked to one of New York’s most prominent men. On the heel of her engagement to Jay Santiago, a Puerto Rican businessman, she learns her oldest daughter has been kidnapped. A direct result of an ongoing war between her fiancé and a disgruntled drug kingpin, Carmen becomes determined to put an official end to the conflict.
She sets out to track down her daughter only to be met with unforeseen obstacles. A criminal investigation, led by her soon-to-be ex-husband, Michael Kane, leaves her fiancé behind bars. Due to Jay’s incarceration, Carmen is placed in the care of his estranged cousin, Gully. He constantly reminds Carmen of the price of fame, ultimately forcing her to take matters in her own hands. Determined to bring her daughter to safety, she takes a no holds barred approach to ensure her daughter’s return.
Genre: Contemporary Urban Fiction, Crime, Mystery, and Detective
Available in Paperback, Kindle, & Nook
Release Date: July 4, 2015
Page Count: 215
I posted a video featuring a live version of this song months ago and now here’s the official video for it!
Get it, O’Shea!!!!!
- 1 can of black beans
- 2 tsp of minced garlic
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 of a yellow onion (diced)
- 1 cup of whole wheat flour
- 6 tbsp of salsa
- 1 tbsp of chili powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Set oven to 375 and spray an 8×8 pan with cooking spray. .
- Puree black beans in a food processor (I used the Ninja Express Chop (about $20 give or take from Wally World). It takes only about 5 seconds. I usually do it twice just to make sure its the consistency I want so let’s say 10)
- Spoon beans into a bowl, add salt/ pepper to taste, minced garlic, diced yellow onion, salsa, and chili powder and stir until well blended.
- Add egg and then cup of whole wheat flour.
- Form into patties (this recipe made 6 patties while a recipe I did before only made 4). It all depends on how big you want your patties.
- Place patties into pan. You should be able to get 4 patties into the pan, but if you made them big then you won’t.
- Place into oven and cook 10 minutes on each side.
- Bon Appetit!
I will admit when I first saw the title of the video, I thought she had done a song paying homage to Bobby Brown or possibly had a Bobby Brown sample- well, somewhat, but not really…still hot, though. Just Hit Play.