On My Soapbox: Black Diamonds + T.I. +Addresses + Rolling Out


After being stuck in the house due to the snowstorm, I spent the day, working on Black Diamonds (the fourth book in The Diamond Collection series), watching YouTube (movies, music videos, and interviews), and chatting on Facebook.

One of the music videos I watched and a favorite song of mine by rapper, T.I. is his song, “Addresses” from Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head. The song’s title actually inspired the title of a chapter in Black Diamonds. While watching the video, I noticed there was a video suggestion on YouTube for an interview T.I. conducted with Sway in the Morning. The YouTube video was posted December 17, 2012 by SwaysUniverse. In the interview, T.I. discusses the motivation behind the song, “Addresses,” and says in the interview, “When there is a violation, there must be a demonstration.”

This quote reminded me of the plot of Black Diamonds. If you are familiar with the series then you know that this book is focused on Carmen and Kane, trying to find Kristian, their daughter who has been kidnapped by a drug dealer, Blu. If you are not familiar with the series then this is the storyline of the book. Since Blu has violated them (by kidnapping their loved one), a “demonstration,” must now take place, which will be illustrated in the chapter, “Addresses,” the title inspired by the song by T.I. I decided the name chapter, “Addresses,” because in this chapter they learn the location of where their daughter is.

As I am known to do, I made an InstaQuote picture which contained the quote because it reminded me of my novel (see below).
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In addition, I made another InstaQuote picture, with a lyric from “Addresses” that contained an image of T.I. from the movie Takers, because it reminded me of a scene from my novel as well (see below).
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What I didn’t expect was for T.I. to ever see the picture or repost it. When I saw he did, because I do follow him on Instagram (@troubleman31), I was very excited and even reposted that he had done so (see below).
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Moreover, I didn’t expect for anything else to come of the picture. Since I did use to blog about celebrities, I still follow some online magazines and blog sites. I actually receive a daily email from a few including Rolling Out Magazine. I visited the website to read an article about Michael Ealy’s son and saw the headline, “T.I. Finally Responds to Cheating Rumors.” I read the article and my mouth dropped open when I saw my InstaQuote picture being tied in with his “alleged” response to photos of his wife, Tiny:

“Tip then addressed the criticism he’d received over politely asking his wife to stop posting photos of her butt on Instagram,” was the statement prior to the picture.

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I cannot speak for T.I. as to what he was thinking when he reposted the picture or what in particular he was addressing. However, I can say that when he initially made the statement, it was in reference to the motivation behind his song, “Addresses,” from his album. The InstaQuote picture was also not created to aid in any of the rumors against him and his wife. I do not know T.I. or Tiny personally and only made the InstaQuote post because it reminded me of certain scenes from my forthcoming novel.

Question of the Day: Where is Black Diamonds?


ImageTo answer the question, Black Diamonds is only halfway written. When I mean, halfway, literally halfway, I’m on Chapter 13, which is halfway through the book. I expected to have the book released this month, however, that is obviously, not going to happen. The only thing I can guarantee is that the book will be released this year. Thanks so much Diamonds for everything! *Razzle~Dazzle*

Check out a Sneak Peek of Black Diamonds on Amazon’s Kindle!


blackdiamonds5 copy A sneak peek at the first seven chapters of Black Diamonds, Part IV of The Diamond Collection is currently available exclusively on Amazon’s Kindle. The preview is currently priced at .99 but will become free for 5 days starting 12:00am on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 Pacific Standard Time and will end 11:59pm on Saturday, July 20, 2013.

Please click on the official book cover to your left to be directed to Amazon’s Kindle.

Disclaimer: This is a rough draft of the first seven chapters of the novel. These chapters have not been professionally edited and may be altered or deleted in the final version of the novel.

Where Is The Black Diamonds Preview?


So I have just completed the second cover concept of Black Diamonds, which I am feeling 100% about. As soon as the final cover is completed, I will be posting a special preview exclusively on Amazon’s Kindle for Part IV of The Diamond Collection. The plan is to have this special preview be free for five days. The anticipated release date of the novel will be December of 2013 or January of 2014.

As always, in the words of Lil’ Wayne, Sorry 4 the Wait!

What Is This Chick Doing?


Well, well, well, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted on my blog so I decided to drop a little note about what I have been up to. Well, I’m currently working on the book cover for Black Diamonds. I had announced plans to release a sneak preview of the book in June, which is still my plan as soon as I am able to come up with a cover concept I like. It’s one of the things I keep working on until I get the “feeling,” that the cover is indeed done. So why it may appear that I’ve gone ghost, I really am seriously sitting behind a laptop, browsing Istock and playing around in Photoshop. Hopefully, I can come up with something soon because I’m anxious to get feedback on what I have cooking for your favorite residents of Brookstone. In addition, I still have book signings coming up. Until the sneak preview is available, Razzle Dazzle.

Radio Interview Alert: Let’s Talk Too!


Join me as I chat with fellow author, Sharnel Williams, author of What Do A Mother Do? The Shakil Williams Story! and host of Let’s Talk Too! The show will air on Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 6:30-7:00pm EST. You can call in to listen to the interview at (347) 215-9970 or stream the show online at www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsharnel. Happy Listening! *Razzle~Dazzle*

The Diamond Experience Tour Stop #2: Barnyard Market


Market, market, market…no matter how big or small! The only way to get your name out there is to promote yourself and plant your seeds! Join me on tour stop #2 at The Barnyard Market on Saturday, May 25, 2013 from 9am-12pm, located at 3674 Highway 51, Fort Mill, SC. I will be selling copies of Diamonds in the Rough, Diamonds Are Forever and The Ace of Diamonds. Payment options: Cash, Credit and Check. *Razzle~Dazzle*

Author Conversations with Vogue #KontrolReads


kontrollogoFor many of you who followed my blog on Facebook entitled The Morning Talk, you probably remembered me referencing Kontrol Magazine a lot. I visit the site on a daily basis to get the latest in entertainment, interviews, beauty tips, etc.! So imagine the excitement to finally be featured on the site! Check out my interview with Kontrol Mag by clicking the Kontrol logo! Happy Reading!

Did You Miss My Interview on Conversations Live! Check it out here!


aceofdiamondsfinal copy So if you missed my interview with Cyrus Webb on Conversations Live! Tuesday night, don’t worry! You can listen to the podcast by clicking the book cover for The Ace of Diamonds to your left! Enjoy and Happy Listening!

Radio Interview Alert with Conversations LIVE Radio!


Tune in to Conversations LIVE! Radio on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 8:30pm EST as I discuss The Diamond Collection and much more! To listen in, simply visit www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive. You can also call in at 347-426-3645.

The Diamond Experience Tour Stop #1: Bronx Literary Festival


bxlitfestlogo2The first stop on The Diamond Experience tour is the 1st Annual Bronx Literary Festival in Bronx, NY. The event will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 11am-5pm at the Bronx Library Center, 310 East Kingsbridge Rd. Copies of Diamonds in the Rough, Diamonds are Forever, and The Ace of Diamonds, all by Vogue, will be available. Please reference the banner below for more information.

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Blurb Blitz Tour Stop #10 @ The Muse Unleashed


I honestly can’t believe we’re here already. The end of another tour in support of the release of The Ace of Diamonds. Well, just because this tour ends, doesn’t mean touring is over! Up next, my actual book tour! I will be hitting New York and various cities in North and South Carolina from May until September. Then, it is back to writing for book number four, Black Diamonds! Thank you to everyone who has supported the tour! Click the banner to visit one of today’s tour stops! Remember to comment and earn an entry into the giveaway to win a $50 gift card to Kay Jewelers. *Razzle~Dazzle*
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