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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Baby Love Virtual Tour with Suzette Riddick




Getting to know Suzette Riddick 

 1. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?

Tell a patient’s family that their loved one has passed on.

2. What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?

 I can’t get into the details because it’s work related. However, having to work in an environment where I’m the minority (African American and a woman) and being excluded is difficult. Some days it’s an uphill battle, especially when everyone around me wants to pretend we’re all playing on an even field. If I was weak and unconfident in my abilities as a nurse practitioner, I would have given up a long time ago.

3. What story does your family always tell about you?

Oh Lord have mercy, lol! My sister always tells the story of how I tricked her into licking a dog biscuit. It was a late Friday night and we were pretty bored as we sat at the kitchen table. Suddenly my eyes just happened to stray to the box of treats on top of the refrigerator for the family dog. As the youngest girl of the family, I can now admit I had some impish ways. So, this is how it went down…

“I wonder what a dog biscuit taste like?” My sister hunches her shoulders.

“I don’t know.” “You want to try one?”

“No! I don’t want to try one. Are you crazy?” My sister objects as she wrinkles up her nose. I laugh at her reaction.

“Come on…if you lick one, I’ll lick one, too.” I say ever so convincing. I guess we were both curious because my sister agrees. The women in my family are tiny, so at the age of twelve I had to drag the chair to the fridge so I could reach the box. I grab the box and drag the chair back to the table. I grinned at my sister, slid the box across the table and told her she could go first since she’s the oldest.

Taking the doggie treat out she looked at it, closed her eyes really tight and darted her tongue out so fast there was no way she even tasted the darn thing, She slides me the box and grins.

“Now it’s your turn.” The little brat that I am, I start shaking my head. “I’m not licking no dog biscuit! That’s nasty!” My sister’s face turns a deep crimson. I can only imagine what she’s thinking as she threatens between clenched teeth, “You better lick that dog biscuit!” LOL! Of course I ended up licking that stupid dog biscuit!

Follow me on the rest of the tour to learn a few more tidbits about me!

Leave a comment below to be entered to win a prize courtesy of Suzette!


About the Author

Suzette’s love for the genre and a need to find a place of escapism is what encouraged her in 2008 to write her first novel A Special Summer under the pen name Victoria Wells. After receiving positive feedback from readers eager to know what was going to happen next with the characters, she was inspired to write the sequel, When Love Comes Around. And before she knew it, the Love Conquers All Series was born. From this series Second Chance at Love was nominated for an Emma Award for E-book of the Year. Currently Suzette is working on a new series titled Love at Last.

Find Suzette online:

http://www.suzetteriddick.com

https://www.facebook.com/suzette0222?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/groups/698309553588066/

https://twitter.com/suzette267


About the Book

What would you do if your husband of seven years didn’t share your desire to have a baby? You’ve tried everything to persuade him to your way of thinking, but nothing you say or do is moving him.

Tired of her man’s refusal to give her what she wants, Bianca Benjamin takes things into her own hands. When Wesley Benjamin a no-nonsense, career military man comes face to face with her betrayal, will love be enough to save their troubled marriage?

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http://www.ahopefulromantic.com/tours/baby-love-virtual-tour-with-suzette-riddick

Purchase the Book:

Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UA7QDL8?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B00UA7QDL8&linkCode=xm2&tag=httpallthebuz-20

Barnes & Noble

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Teardrops Know My Name by Dalia Florea


Someone is stalking, fashion photographer, Linda McNair and turning her world upside down. She has no idea who it could be. Is it an old boyfriend? Someone in the industry? A complete stranger? The only thing Linda knows for sure is her stalker has to be stopped. Her life may depend on it.

When Linda meets Detective Sean Gregory, one of New York’s finest in more ways than one, stories unravel, revealing secrets, lies and betrayal that nearly destroy her, breaking her heart into a million tiny pieces.

Linda tries to resist Sean’s affection, but she can’t help wondering if he’s the right man who can put the shattered pieces of her heart back to together.

EXCERPT

She regarded him silently for a moment, gazing into his dark brown eyes and watching a smile curve his lips. “I think that it would be. You don’t know me very well. I’ve had too many heartbreaks, and I’m in a vulnerable state right now where I may be incapable of making good choices. I don’t ever want to end up where I am right now—in this same place—again. For God’s sake, my last boyfriend was married, and I had absolutely no idea. How could I not have known? Other people were able to see the red flags, but I didn’t see a thing.”

“I hear what you’re saying, and I understand, but you can’t live the rest of your life that way. You can’t shield yourself from getting to know someone and never open yourself up to love again because of your past relationships.” He sipped water from the glass in front of him. His eyes were fixed on hers.

He stood and came around to her side of the booth, sat next to her, and reached for her hand, taking it into his and intertwining their fingers. He slowly lifted her hand to his mouth and gently pressed his lips to the back of it. Feeling his warm breath against the skin of her hand made her tremble. “I promise you that if you give me a chance, you won’t need to worry about anything. You will see no red flags when it comes to me. I have no secrets and no hidden agenda,” he said softly, lips brushing against her hand again. He lifted his eyes, looking her straight in the face.

Damn. He’s making this difficult. She couldn’t think clearly. Her senses had been heightened by his sensual touch, his silky smooth dark skin, and his masculine musk mixed with the spicy cologne he wore. She had to stop herself from being drawn in by this magnetic force that threatened to take her over mentally and physically.
He tipped her head up with his finger and lowered his mouth onto hers, brushing his lips against hers, teasing her, barely touching them at first. Then he whispered against her lips, “Please give me”— soft kiss—“a chance.”

Linda had to admit that she wanted Sean. There was something about him that stirred her soul. But was she willing to throw caution to the wind as she had done in the past? When she thought about it, she had always jumped from one relationship to another without giving herself a break in between. Maybe that was the problem. Was she codependent? Did she need to be in a relationship in order to feel whole? She needed some distance from Sean to find out more about who she was and what she wanted for herself in life.

It took every bit of her self-control and willpower to pull away from his kiss. She breathed in deeply. She knew she needed to say what she didn’t want to say. She mentally prepared herself to resist what she knew would be another attempt from him to pursue the idea of them being in a relationship. She slid a few inches away from him in an effort to prevent any further temptation, and she watched his shoulders droop.


Dalia grew up in Queens, New York and now makes her home in Northern Virginia outside of Washington, D.C. Her debut Mirrored reached the Top 100 Bestseller’s list in Women’s Detective Fiction. She is a voracious reader who enjoys writing fiction stories with a mixture of mystery, suspense, and romance. When she isn’t crafting suspense romance, she enjoys reading, attending live music concerts, and visiting wineries.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOOK OF THE DAY: Dethroned: The Dark Side of Money II by d.e. Rogers




It had been an epic, fierce, fight which left many deaths in her path, and when the smoke cleared Gloria had lost her crown jewel, The Gloria Dean Company. As with most dynasties, all it takes is one small crack and the downfall begins. Gloria’s small crack was her step-mother, Alexis, who was also her daughter, Jaymee’s biological mother. Alexis had turned Jaymee against her and within days her dynasty was gone. Gloria did what she knew best and destroyed Alexis, but she also permanently ruined her relationship with Jaymee. With her biological mother dead, Jaymee picked up the vengeful fight against Gloria, even though Gloria was done fighting. But when one of Gloria’s children dies violently, in lieu of her, Jaymee looks like the culprit. Gloria begins to fight fire with fire. Enlisting Jasmine to lead the way, they craft out a plan to destroy Jaymee and take back their fashion empire. Out for blood, old and new enemies strategize to see the head of the company dead. By any means necessary, whoever sits in the Queen’s chair will be Dethroned by a bullet.

Website address: http://www.derogers.com

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Monday, March 23, 2015

COVER AUTHOR: Piper G Huguley



Piper G. Huguley is the author of the “Home to Milford College” series.  The series follows the building of a college from its founding in 1866. On release, the prequel novella to the “Home to Milford College” series, The Lawyer’s Luck, reached #1 Amazon Bestseller status on the African American Christian Fiction charts. The Mayor’s Mission, book 2 in the series, was released in December 2014.

Huguley is also the author of “Migrations of the Heart,” a five-book series of inspirational historical romances set in the early 20th century featuring African American characters.  Book one in the series, A Virtuous Ruby won the Golden Rose contest in Historical Romance in 2013 and was a Golden Heart finalist in 2014.  A Virtuous Ruby will be published in July 2015 by Samhain Publishing.

She blogs about the history behind her novels at http://piperhuguley.com. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.

The Mayor's Mission - inspirational historical romance- In 1868 Milford Georgia, Virgil and Amanda Smithson must fight for their stake to continue to build the school they started together when outside relatives come to take over the property they rightfully inherited.


Read Piper’s Interview in the SPRING ISSUE – SORMAG Digital


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Friday, March 20, 2015

BLOG TOUR: She's All Caught Up




She's All Caught Up is a cautionary tale for young people enamored by the fast life and the older folks that love them. This memoir tells of the negative influences that swayed the early life of author Jamila T. Davis (creator of the Voices of Consequences Enrichment Series). She is currently serving a 151 month sentence for her role in a multi-million dollar bank fraud scheme.

Young Jamila grew up in a loving, middle class home. Her hardworking parents, the Davises, overcame the barriers of poverty and racism faced by African Americans in the segregated South. From the back wood shacks of the rural south, the Davises migrated north, making Jamaica Queens, New York their new home. They drove themselves relentlessly. By education and endless hard work, they attained their portion of the American dream.

Determined to afford their own children the opportunities they themselves never had, the Davises provided their children with a good life, hoping to guarantee their children's success.

At first, it seemed as though the formula worked. Jamila became her parents' ideal "star child." At a young age she performed in dance recitals at Lincoln Center and toured the country in a leading role in an off- Broadway play. Throughout elementary and middle school she maintained straight A's and was accepted to the acclaimed "Fame" High School of Performing Arts in New York City.

All was copacetic until high school years, when Jamila meets Craig. He was a 16 year old drug dealer from the Southside projects of Jamaica Queens. His street edge fascinated naive Jamila, and he quickly usurped Mrs. Davis' position as role model and protector.

Jamila became mesmerized by the hustlers and life in the inner city ghetto. Her values quickly changed. She wanted independence, power and notoriety, and she chose life in the fast lane to claim them. With her brains and beauty, she rises to the top!

As this high school teen rebels, breaking loose from her parents' tight reins, the Davises wage an "all-out" battle to save their only daughter who they love so desperately. But Jamila is in too deep! Poisoned by materialism and the drama of street life, she resists, and the Davis family is turned upside down!

This real-life story exemplifies the powerful societal influences that affect today's youth, and the almost insurmountable challenges of the older generation who fight hard to protect them. This heartfelt story empowers both youth and adults to understand the tragic consequences of poor choices while instilling the ability to resist them.

When this good girl goes bad, it seems as if there is no turning back.

SHE'S ALL CAUGHT UP!

Despite her current obstacles, Davis is committed to paying her way forward and transforming lives through her literary work. From behind bars she’s making a difference!
              

Excerpt

PROLOGUE

January 29, 1995

“Pull the car over now!” I heard blaring from a bullhorn as I was suddenly awakened from a deep sleep.
“Oh my goodness, Jamila, wake up!” Theresa shouted as she fiercely nudged me from the driver’s seat of her gray Mitsubishi Mirage.
“What in the world!” I shouted as we pulled over on Capital Boulevard and close to a dozen cop cars surrounded us.
“Oh, God, girl. We are in trouble. I’m so nervous,” Theresa whimpered in a panic as sweat began to pour down her jet-black petite face.
“Calm down, girl. Just act normal,” I instructed, trying hard to gather my composure. My heart pounded intensely as I watched the police gather through the rearview mirror. Two cops exited their vehicle.
“You don’t understand! I’ve got a ton of drugs in the trunk. Oh, man, Jamila, I think we are in big trouble,” Theresa ranted as the cops quickly approached us.
“Young ladies, step out of the car and show me some identification,” the tall, white cop said in a strong Southern drawl as he approached the driver’s door of the vehicle, with his hand tightly gripped on the gun in his holster.
We stepped out of the small, two-door car and fear engulfed me as I watched several other officers swarm our vehicle. It became apparent this was not a routine traffic stop.
“You can make this difficult, or it can be easy. Do you give us permission to search this vehicle, gal?” the officer asked Theresa sharply in his strong Southern accent.
“Well, um,” Theresa mumbled, clearly confused and frightened. “I don’t . . . um. Well, I guess so.”
That’s all the officers needed to hear. They had Theresa’s consent and began to ransack the car. After a brief search, the drugs that were hidden in the luggage in the trunk of the car were quickly apprehended.
Tears rolled down my eyes as Theresa and I were read our rights, handcuffed, and placed in the back of the police car. I was seventeen years old and under arrest!
My life flashed in front of me. What was I going to tell my parents? How could I ever explain this? I was supposed to be enjoying my freshman year at St. Augustine’s University. Instead, I sat in a tiny holding cell at the Wake County Jail in Raleigh, North Carolina.
I nervously stood silent as I was finally taken before a magistrate judge, who formally announced my charges and determined my bail.
“Jamila Davis,” the old white judge announced as he banged his gavel, “I hereby set your bail at two million dollars.”
Two million dollars! I thought in rage and disbelief.
I was escorted out of the small courtroom by the bailiff and sent back to the dark holding cell. I cried uncontrollably as the reality of the consequences of my lifestyle had suddenly crept up on me. I had no clue the power a few bad decisions could have. My life didn’t have to turn out this way. It was one poor choice that ultimately altered my entire destiny!

Jamila T. Davis, born and raised in Jamaica Queens, New York, is a motivational speaker, prison reform activist and the author of several books geared to empower the young and the old. She is also a co-founder of WomenOverIncarcerated.org, an advocacy group created to shed light on the lengthy sentences of non-violent, female federal offenders and rally for sentencing reform.

As a former Hip Hop Music & Professional Sports Celebrity Advisor and real estate investor, Davis is no stranger to triumphs and defeats. From a self-made millionaire at age 25, her life took a tragic twist. Today she’s known as federal prisoner #59253-053, sentenced to 12 1/2 years for bank fraud.

From behind bars, Davis embarked on an intense journey of inner healing and restoration. Documenting her findings, she created the “Voices of Consequences Enrichment Series,” which has helped to transform the lives of female offenders across the country.

Discovering her purpose while incarcerated, and encountering injustices within her own case, Jamila T. Davis developed “The High Price I Had To Pay” Book Series, creating a platform for women serving decade plus sentences for non-violent crimes to tell their stories. The success of the series led to the formation of WomenOverIncarcerated.org.


Get to know Jamila:

Introduce yourself to the audience and tell them a little about your latest memoir "She's All Caught Up."

Hello, my name is Jamila T. Davis. I am the author of "She's All Caught Up." My book is a memoir about my early life, written as a cautionary tale. It exposes some of the negative influences that led me on a destructive, high speed chase to find fulfillment.

I grew up during the height of the crack cocaine epidemic in the 80's. Back then, it was cool to date drug dealers who were getting significant amounts of money. Just like kids today, my desire to be accepted by my peers caused me to try to appease those I admired, regardless of the consequences. Unlike the average chicks I grew up with, once I got a taste of life in the fast lane I wanted my own share. Instead of simply accepting hand outs from my drug dealer boyfriends, I decided to try my hand in the game. Overnight, I became addicted to the high of getting money and it all went down hill from there!

Please share with our audience where you are at? And, how your current experience sparked the creation of your memoir?

I am currently serving a 12 1/2 year sentence at the Danbury Federal Prison camp in Danbury, Connecticut. It is the same facility where Piper Kerman, author of the book "Orange Is The New Black," was housed.

While incarcerated, I participated in a prison public speaking program, geared to deter at-risk youth from crime. Hearing teens vow to avoid participating in criminal activities after listening to my story made me recognize the power it had. This inspired me to write my book to warn others about the detriments of living life in the fast lane. I want kids to understand the severe consequences of this lifestyle, so they will think twice before committing crimes.

What audience do you think will benefit most from this book and why?

I think teens will benefit from reading my book, as well as adults. A lot of people from all races and backgrounds have told me they can relate to my story in certain aspects. I created my book to become a mirror that causes readers to reflect. Even if you didn't make the same mistakes as I did, most of us have been vulnerable to some form of peer pressure or negative influences to gain acceptance. It is my goal to cause readers to dig in and analyze themselves. I share my flaws so that others will have the courage to take a look at their own flaws. We all make mistakes, but true empowerment occurs when we dare to go back and fix them. It's all about being real and breaking free from the chase that keeps many in bondage.

Share with us a little about how your family life was growing up?

My mother was a school teacher and my father was a NYC Transit supervisor. They migrated from the South to build a better life for their family.

I grew up in an upper middle class home, with two very loving parents. They enrolled me and my brother in all types of activities including dancing, singing, acting, gymnastics and Judo. I had a full schedule and was expected to get straight A's in school. My parents wanted to ensure that my brother and I had all the things, and opportunities, that they lacked growing up. So for the most part, we were pretty spoiled.

Do you think your childhood life fits the typical prisoner? Please explain.

Not at all! My parents raised me for success. My mother's dream was for me to become a doctor or lawyer, while being successful in the world of entertainment. They never imagined that I would be enamored by life in the fast lane. My desire to be accepted swayed me over to the other side. After that, there seemed to be no turning back!

What was the changing point in your life that turned you into a "get money" chick?

I was dumped by my first boyfriend, a well known drug dealer, for an older girl who worked in a bakery. He told me he chose her over me because she made her own money, attracting him to her independence. At that moment something went off in my head. I felt like money would be the key factor that brought me happiness and companionship, so I went after it full fledge. Once I saw the attention it got me, I was hooked!

What is your message to teens that think living in the fast lane is cool?

Take a look at my life. Serving time in prison is certainly not cool! Regardless of how smart you think you are or what you think you can get a way with, in the end crime will always catch up to you!
For the past 6 1/2 years I've raised my two children from a prison visiting room. I missed out on their birthdays, graduations and all the major holidays. I would give back every dollar I ever made to regain the time I lost with them.

My experience has taught me that nothing is ever worth losing your freedom. Therefore, avoid crime at all cost!

Find the author and buy the book:

Twitter/jamilatdavis.com
Instagram/jamilatdavis
Email address- jamiladavis06811@gmail.com


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Thursday, March 05, 2015

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Nigeria Lockley





Nigeria Lockley possesses two Master's degrees, one in English Secondary Education, which she utilizes as an educator with the New York City Department of Education. Her second Master's degree is in Creative Writing. Born at Dawn is Nigeria’s first published novel. Nigeria serves as the Vice President of Bridges Family Services, a not-for-profit organization that assists student parents interested in pursuing a degree in higher education. She is also the deaconess and clerk for her spiritual home King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Church of God. Nigeria is a New York native who resides in Harlem with her husband and two daughters.

Join her online at www.NigeriaLockley.com




Thirty-four year old Cynthia Barclay knows that marriage is supposed to be for better or for worse. Unfortunately, for the last ten years of her marriage Cynthia has experienced the worst that marriage has to offer at the hands of her abusive husband Marvin Barclay. With the hope of saving herself and her family she turns to the Lord. Expecting to see God manifest himself greatly in her life sooner than later Cynthia is not content just waiting. She wants out.

Abandoning her hope, her husband, and her two young sons Cynthia boards a bus from New York City to Richmond, Virginia. She begins a new life armed with six thousand dollars on a prepaid credit card, a sketchy plan for success, and a promise to return for her sons. That is until she meets Cheo, a photojournalist with enough connections to take her where she wants to be and forget where she came from.

After six years in Richmond Cynthia’s dark past resurfaces. At the risk of losing it all—her past and her present Cynthia returns home to right her wrongs. Has Cynthia chosen the right time to return home or is it too late for God to restore everything she has broken?

EXCERPT



Marvin Barclay flicked on the light switch in the foyer and tossed his keys on the table next to the door. He crept into the living room, reached over the arm of the sofa and planted a slippery wet kiss on his wife, Cynthia Barclay’s pouty lips. The smell of cigarettes and vodka leaped out of his pores.
Cynthia rose from the seat she’d occupied most of the night. “Where have you been, Marvin?” Cynthia inquired with her arms folded across her chest and the curve of her hip jutting out as far as it could.
            “Are you for real? I came home looking for some loving, and this is what I have to deal with,” he said, licking his lips and rubbing his work-worn hands along Cynthia’s sides.
            Cynthia contorted to get out of her husband’s tight grip, backed up a few steps, and peered into Marvin’s bloodshot, hollow brown eyes. “Where have you been?” she asked again.
            “Don’t start with me tonight,” Marvin said, tossing his jacket onto the couch.
            “Marvin, I’m not trying to start anything with you. I’d just like to know where you’ve been,” Cynthia responded emphatically.
            Marvin turned his back on Cynthia and walked up the hallway toward the bedroom.
            “Marvin,” Cynthia called to him marching behind him, “don’t you dare walk away from me or-”
            “Or else what?” he asked, stopping mid-stride, casting a side-eye stare full of malice in Cynthia’s direction.
            “Answer me. Where have you been?” Cynthia cried as Marvin turned the knob on the bedroom door.



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