READER OF THE SPOTLIGHT

PATRICE

It’s that time again… Celebrating our awesome readers. This time I had the pleasure of interviewing the one and only Patrice Harrison… She is the queen of introverts! Some may find that hard to believe, but social media affords her the luxury of being both sociable with the ability to retreat gracefully when she feels things are getting too overwhelming. In addition to being a voracious reading and fledgling blogger, she also make her own bath and body products and run a lil Etsy shop on the side. She also love cats and good conversation. I asked her three things people may not know about her:

  1. Name three things people may not know about you? Well I just revealed I make my own bath and body products, I’m a craft junkie, and at one time, I could play the violin, flute, and clarinet with emphasis being at one time! That’s probably one of my biggest regrets-not keeping up with my instruments…
  2. Outside of reading what do you like to do? Besides reading, I’m a social networking madwoman. I do it for both business and pleasure. I love interacting with people-at my leisure ;). Being the introvert that I am, I keep pretty much to myself with an occasional social outing.
  3. What is your all time favorite book? I refuse to answer this question!
  4. What are you reading right now? At this very moment, I’m reading Quarterback Sneak by Bianca Dean. It’s YA or NA (I still don’t know the difference), and it’s very erotic.
  5. Favorite book you’ve read last year?Check out my top 10 list. I simply cannot choose just one amongst these gems.
  6. Favorite place to read? Hands down in bed! It’s become a nightly ritual even if I read just one or two chapters before lights out, but on the weekends, all bets are off! I’ll sometimes stay up til 3am or later reading.
  7. What makes you love a book? Likeable characters are what make me love a book. Some will argue plot or something else, but if I cannot connect with or relate to the main characters on some level, then it’s a wrap. I want someone I can root for or admire or fall in love with (Yes, I have several book boos. Don’t judge me.)
  8. What will inspire you to recommend a book? I will recommend a book based again on likeable characters, well-written, fully-executed plot, and/or one that just gets me in the feels-that leaves me up at night savoring what I’ve just read. Or, I’ll simply recommend it because it’s written by an author I really love.
  9. Favorite genre? My favorite genre is interracial romance. I used to really love historical IR romance, but my game has now shifted to YA/NA and MC (motorcycle club) romances. I still read a few AA titles, but only by authors whose work I know and love.
  10. Do you have a reading snack? I’ve been known to eat full course meals while reading my Kindle, but to answer your question, my favorite snack is usually something salty and/or crunchy.
  11. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? I don’t have a problem at all giving bad or negative reviews because I know that I back up my claims by citing references or giving insight as to why I felt the need to rate a book so poorly. Do I revel in it? Of course not, but I believe in giving honest feedback at all times even at the risk of being alienated or ridiculed. I don’t think it does an author any good to spare their feelings when the work was not very good, but I’m also not one of those cruel reviewers who attack the author’s intelligence either. I think that is so foul.
  12. How many books do you usually read in a month? I usually read 10 or more depending on the length, but now that I’ve delved into blogging and promoting, that number has probably dropped to about 5-7. I used to not love short stories at all, but given my busy schedule now, I seek them out just to get a fix lol. And by short stories, I mean at least 50-75 pages. I try to read at least one novel-length story a week.
  13. The longest you’ve gone without reading? One day. I’m so pitiful lol, but I’m very passionate about my reading.
  14. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through?Horrible plot or just a woman who acts so unbelievably, incredibly stupid or misguided that I can’t continue. Also, anything overtly fetish-y towards black women. Nope, not here for it…
  15. Name a book that made you angry? I plead the fifth, but I’ll share with you privately 😉
  16. If you could be a character in a book, who would it be and why? Oh gosh…I have so many, but let’s take one of your books for example. I would be Jewel O’Neal in Not Always because hunty…I would be all over Jose Martinez! That man had me climbing the walls as I read. And as much as I like to read drama, I don’t want to live it. Jewel and Jose had a few lowkey dramatic moments, but nothing I couldn’t personally handle.
  17. Who are your favorite authors? Again, you put me on the spot, but I’ll make an attempt (in no particular order) It must be noted these are faves because I buy sight unseen: Angelia Menchan Vernon, Sienna Mynx, S.W. Frank, S.K., Lolah Lace, Raven St. Pierre, Mallory Monroe, Ancelli (No, I’m not kissing up. I am in your group after all because I’m a fan duh…), Sherrod Story,Kim Golden.  Please note: There are many, many more. I feel badly for naming just 10 and leaving out so many other great authors that I love. This is not a slight. You know I love you!
  18. Have you ever considered writing a book? Yes I have. What reader hasn’t? I’ve actually written 3 chapters of my “masterpiece” and it’s a masterpiece of crap! I would give it 2 stars if I had to. It’s so cliché and everything I criticize other books for lol. I keep it for posterity, but I think I’ll stick to reading, blogging, and reviewing.
  19. What makes you buy a book? The snippet or summary has to grab me immediately (unless it’s a favorite author, and I just click.) I also have a select group of reading friends whose judgment I trust implicitly, so when they recommend a book, I am almost certain to buy it. I purposely seek out authors or stories that may be lesser known because I really get a thrill when I discover a new author or story. I like claiming “first” lol.

 

 

Reader Of The Spotlight

ERVIN

It was my pleasure interviewing another great reader. She lives in southern California and attended Cal State, where she majored in History… Dishanea Ervin!

She’s 27 with a crazy sweet tooth. Dishanea doesn’t have any kids as of yet, but she has an adorable and amazingly cute godson who she tries to keep every weekend. She’s a Virgo, so she wanted me to give a shout out to all the Virgo’s out there, and she loves the color purple. Three things you may not know about her: Dishanea is a hopeless romantic, she’s afraid of the dark, and I have a crush on Colin Firth.

  1. Outside of reading what do you like to do? I love to dance and I’m a major gladiator, absolutely love me some Scandal.
  2. What is your all time favorite book? My all time favorite book would have to be Indigo by Beverly Jenkins. For it to be a period/historical piece, it’s a great book.
  3. What are you reading right now? I’m currently reading Marrying the Millionaire: The Brides of Hilton Head Island Book Two by Sabrina Sims Mcafee. The first book was free on Kindle and after reading that one. I had to get the second book, she’s a really good author and the story lines are well developed and good.
  4. Favorite book you’ve read last year? The best book I read last year would have to be Vows of Deception by KK Harris. OMG all I can say is BOMB.
  5. Favorite place to read? I have two, the bath tub and my bed. I don’t know why but I can read in the bath tub for hours.
  6. What makes you love a book? The idea that true love actually exist. The bond that is displayed between family and the overall escape from your life when you read a great book.
  7. What will inspire you to recommend a book? After reading a great book and I feel like I have to read it again. Then I’m totally telling someone else about the book, and in addition to that I’m looking up the author to find other books written by that person.
  8. Favorite genre? I love all romance. Whether it’s IR, Paranormal, Historical, or just Contemporary.
  9. Do you have a reading snack? Lol, no just as long as I have something sweet.
  10. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? If the book is amazing then the author deserves your praises; however, if the book is lacking in some way give your opinion but in a respectable way. I don’t believe in bashing another person’s hard work. Give your input respectably and allow the persons to learn and grow from it.
  11. How many books do you usually read in a month? I have this bad habit of reading 4 to 5 books at time, finishing them all within a week. So I have to say anywhere from 16 to 20 in month.
  12. The longest you’ve gone without reading? This past April, it was a week of pure HELL. I was finishing a paper for my senior seminar class, which had to be perfect because I needed this class so I could graduate. Worst week of my life! Seriously, never want it to happen again.
  13. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through? If the author isn’t consistent with the plot. Like how can you forget the background of your own character? No, can’t do it, if the author can’t remember that the Hero of the book parents are dead and then ten chapters later he’s having dinner with his mother, that’s a problem. (Yes, I have read books like this).
  14. Name a book that made you angry? Some people might hate me for this but Brenda Jackson’s Courting Justice. I waited for this book, because I love Brenda Jackson and her writing is amazing, but this book was not her best. The main female character Peyton was horrible and as a reader I couldn’t relate to her.
  15. If you could be a character in a book, who would it be and why? If I had to choose a character, it would be Ashleigh from Pepper Pace’s Beast. Ms. Pace made her really relatable and I understood the self esteem issues she had because of her past and weight. Also the fact that she looked passed Christopher features and loved him for who was.
  16. Who are your favorite authors? Beverley Jenkins, Brenda Jackson, Ancelli, Ana E. Ross, Pepper Pace, Victoria Wells, Vivian Rose Lee, Francis Ray, Rochelle Alers, Melanie Schuster, KK Harris, Maureen Smith, D’Elen McClain, and Shelli Quinn.
  17. Have you ever considered writing a book? Yes, I have all these ideas in my head. But I don’t think I have the patience to sit down and write it all out, and plus it’ll take me away from reading.
  18. What makes you buy a book? If I’m a fan of the author then that’s all it takes. But usually the description pulls me and makes me want to read the book. Also the reviews posted by other readers help with my decision, whether there negative or positive.
  19. What is it about interracial stories that make you want to read them? I know for me, it’s my attraction to men outside of my race and knowing that a person could find love within any race. Regardless of society and family input.

Reader Of The Spotlight

WHITE

It was my pleasure meeting Kelly White Prioleau last year. Her smile lit up the room. I remember sitting next to her… looking at the room full of unique, beautiful women from different ways of life, but we all sat together because of books. Books brought us all together…

Kelly White Prioleau is 46 years old, (she doesn’t look over thirty), a mother of two fabulous children; 25 yo daughter and 17 yo son. She’s the oldest of 4.  She’ll soon be back on the dating scene after a 20 year hiatus. This is going to be her year… Three things people may not know about her:  she used to be really shy; she’s a compulsive counter (she mentally count items; like how many pieces of laundry she puts in the washer, etc); and she suffers from insomnia.

  1. Outside of reading what do you like to do? Travel; die hard sports fan (Dallas Cowboys, Duke Blue Devils basketball & Chicago Bulls); be with my children.
  2. What is your all-time favorite book? This is extremely difficult but it would have to be a tie between my first IR book by Eve Vaughn (Every Breath You Take) and Lena Matthews, Happily Even After.
  3. What are you reading right now? Funny you should ask that; I’m rereading Love Through Pain.
  4. Favorite book you’ve read last year? I don’t have just one; many resonated with me last year. Love through Pain, Saints & Sinners, BOMAW series, Sergei, Thursdays in Savannah, the Alfonzo series by S.W Frank, the Ramsey/Tesano series by Altonya Washington, any book by Mallory Monroe and so many more!
  5. Favorite place to read? I can read anywhere but my favorite place to read would be my bedroom 🙂
  6. What makes you love a book? Great dialogue, steamy chemistry between the main characters, humor and a strong alpha male who will always stand up to and for his woman!
  7. What will inspire you to recommend a book? It has to move me; I have to feel the love, the angst, I have to laugh out loud at the dialogue; I have to “live” what they are going through just by the author’s words.
  8. Favorite genre? IR currently.
  9. Do you have a reading snack? Is coffee a snack? If so, good coffee and a great book and I am a happy camper 🙂
  10. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? I do not give bad reviews; I will contact the author directly if I can but I will not leave a bad review on Amazon, etc. My mom always told me if you do not have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
  11. How many books do you usually read in a month? I used to be such a voracious reader but there are not enough hours in the day! I’m happy if I can read 5 books a month; my TBR pile is daunting right now 🙂
  12. The longest you’ve gone without reading? The longest I’ve gone without reading was when I was hospitalized last year; 5 days.
  13. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through? Terrible grammar, editing or a plot that does not make sense at all! There is only one book that I stopped reading after the first 5 pages and seriously considered asking for my money back. The grammar was horrendous and the dialogue was off-putting considering the hero was a “billionaire” business owner and the heroine was an attorney! It was ghetto without being fabulous!
  14. Name a book that made you angry? I won’t name the book but it’s the book I was talking about in question #14.
  15. If you could be a character in a book, who would it be and why? Xenia from the Saint series by Tiana Laveen because I want to be able to experience EVERYTHING she does with a man like Saint!!
  16. Who are your favorite authors? Ancelli, Tiana Laveen, Yvette Hines, Pepper Pace, Aliyah Burke, Sienna Mynx, Eve Vaughn, Naima Simone, Latrivia Nelson, Erosa Knowles, Serenity King, Mallory Monroe, S.W Frank, Altonya Washington, Brenda Jackson, Shelly Laurenston, Evangeline Anderson, J.R. Ward, and so many more I am sure I’m forgetting! These are my automatic 1-clicks 🙂
  17. Have you ever considered writing a book? Yes; I even had a title (Diary of a Mad Black Woman) but Tyler Perry beat me to it 🙂
  18. What makes you buy a book? The cover is what initially draws me in, then the synopsis. If it’s a favorite author, it’s an automatic purchase.
  19. What would you like to see more in books? I would like to see more everyday heroes; not from you but in general. I am so sick of billionaire this and billionaire that!
  20. What book can you relate to? A book I just read by Tiana Laveen…The Fight Within. Treasure was divorced and trying to play mom & dad to her two children; never bad mouthing the dad (even though she had every reason to) but making excuses as to why the dad is not as involved. Treasure had a cheating ex who didn’t want her, was happiest when she was miserable, but the moment she found joy again he wanted to come back. It felt like I was reading about my life.

 

Big Daddy Caine… By Kassanna

 

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Billionaire Michon Alexander knows what she wants. She has never had a problem working to get it. This time she may have gotten more than she expected from a man who could care less about her money.
The question is can she handle it or does she even want too?
Caine O’Shaunessy never expected to meet a billionaire. Michon could buy him a hundred times over with money to spare. He’s blue collar, nothing ever came easy to him and being with Michon could change all that.
But does he want it to?
When two different lives collide the results are explosive. They burn hot and fast but will it last?

Get you copy today at:  http://www.amazon.com/Daddy-Caine-Unexpected-Heroes-Book-ebook/dp/B00SCSWUVY

Reader of the Spotlight

AYESHA BRACK ROLLINS

What would authors do without readers?

I want to celebrate the ladies and gentlemen that buy our books and support authors. Because of them I have not given up on my dream. This is a small way of me saying thank you!

I had the pleasure of interviewing a wonderful Reader… Mrs. Ayesha Brack Rollins! She has worked as a healthcare professional for the last 23 years… She Love’s God, music, books, and all thing cute and cuddly. I had to ask her what cute and cuddly things did she mean… lol. Dogs, babies, guinea pigs (most animals, cats and snakes are an exception) and Power Puff Girls.

  1. Outside of reading what do you like to do? Other than reading, I enjoy cooking, baking, listening to music, spending time with family and friends, playing video games, traveling… pretty boring stuff.
  2. Favorite book you’ve read last year? My favorite book I’ve read last year was Gravity: Free falling Book 1 by Raven St. Pierre.
  3. What is your all-time favorite book? My all-time favorite book/ It would have to be a tie between The Zero Hour by Joseph Finder, and The Winner by David Baldacci.
  4. Favorite place to read? My favorite place to read is in bed, with my dog Bella curled up beside me.
  5. What makes you love a book? What makes me LOVE a book is well-developed, likeable characters, a believable plot. A good book makes me think of the characters as being living, breathing people, not just characters in a book
  6. What will inspire you to recommend a book? I recommend a book when it leaves me thinking about it for days after reading it, or when something in the book makes me think about things that are happening in my life.
  7. Favorite genre? I don’t really have a favorite genre, but I prefer IR fiction, romantic suspense, and political thrillers.
  8. What is your all-time favorite book? My all-time favorite book/ It would have to be a tie between The Zero Hour by Joseph Finder, and The Winner by David Baldacci.What are you reading right now?Right now, I’m reading Leather and Lace by Sondra Wells.
  9. Do you have a reading snack? In general, I don’t eat when I read, but I do tend to keep a cup of iced water, or peach iced tea at the bedside.
  10. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? I don’t think it’s necessary to give a bad review. I think the best way to give a review is to praise the good points, mention what you didn’t like, but don’t say it in a way that discourages. Negative things should be mentioned in a way to encourage improvement, not to discourage the writer from writing. If they’re truly bad, it’s best to personally address the author, vs writing a bad review.
  11. How many books do you usually read in a month? I read 3-5 books a week, unless it’s a really busy week with work and the children. I guess that’s an average of 15-20 books a month… keeping in mind, some of these are novellas.
  12. The longest you’ve gone without reading? I don’t know that I’ve ever NOT been reading! I started at 4, and haven’t stopped since! I’ve found that if I don’t have a book in my hand, I’m reading cereal boxes, or magazines.
  13. What would cause you to stop reading a book halfway through? I would stop reading a book halfway through or less if I couldn’t identify with the characters, the plot wasn’t believable, or if there were grammatical errors that made it too difficult to read.
  14. Name a book that made you angry? A book that made me angry? One book stands out>>> His Black Experiment. This book was short, written in the 3rd person, had good characters, but was poorly written… and I HATE books that you can finish in one sitting on the toilet!!
  15. Who are your favorite authors? Many! Jeffery Deavers, David Baldacci, Lena Matthews, you , of course.. Latrivia Nelson, Kassanna , Pepper Pace

Mrs. Ayesha thank you for finding time in your busy schedule… I appreciate you and all the wonderful readers… until next week.

 

Never Regret…

“If it was good, it’s great and if it was bad, it’s experience.” The past can’t be changed, but your future is an open door. What you choose to do with your lessons are your choice. We can’t turn back the hands of time. I look back at my mistakes and heartache as lessons… You don’t know what life has in store for you. Stop looking back at your past, wishing you’ve made different choices, and look ahead making better ones.

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What is love?

According to Merriam-Webster…

Love is a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person. (Maternal love for a child). Attraction that includes sexual desire : the strong affection felt by people who have a romantic relationship. (Affection and tenderness felt by lovers).  Affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests. (love for his old schoolmates).

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To me love is the strongest emotion you can feel for someone else. Unconditional Love is what God has for us. It’s the love of a mother or father for their children, and a child for their parents. Love can be painful, hurtful, but Love is also beautiful. Love is passion between two people… Love is fire… that can turn into ice. Sometimes you can’t help who you love, it can hits you like a lightning bolt. Love is strange. After all is said and done we have all loved or been loved… and that’s the greatest gift. 

What does love mean to you?

Welcome…

I’m a IR writer, who believes love is colorblind. You can’t help who you love no matter the race.

I love making my words come to life. I write romance stories about couples that go through trials and come out stronger.  Love is never easy, but it’s worth all the hard work. I’m looking forward to hearing your opinion, comments, and advice.