Thursday, July 31, 2014

Untamed Hearts Virtual Tour with Yahrah St. John

Welcome to day four of the Untamed Hearts Virtual Tour with Yahrah St. John!  I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour so far!    

Today, Yahrah is sharing what her idea of a perfect romantic evening.

My perfect romantic evening would be a candlelit dinner at a restaurant on the beach, followed by a walk on the beach and ending with a romantic night at a B&B with a bubble bath and champagne. I nearly had it in St Augustine FL last year but as is true summer weather, it rained so we didn't get our walk on the beach. The next morning, we rose early and watched the sunrise on the balcony.  It was a wonderful evening.
Read on to learn more about Yahrah and her latest release, Untamed Hearts, and then enter the contest below for a chance to win a $25 Macy’s gift card!

About the Author

Yahrah St. John is the author of thirteen published romances with Harlequin’s Kimani Romance line and a 2011 RT BookReviews Reviewer’s Choice Award Nominee. A member of Romance Writers of America, St. John enjoys the arts, cooking, traveling and adventure sports, but her true passion remains writing. St. John lives in sunny Orlando, the City Beautiful and is working on her fifteenth book Entangled Hearts.

About the Book

An untamed heart…

RYLEE HART has always been unconventional, choosing veterinarian medicine over the traditional role of rancher’s wife and mother. To appease her parents, Rylee accompanies her father’s perfect pick for a spouse to the Kentucky Derby, but the match generates no sparks. But the moment she steps foot on the hallowed grounds of the Derby track and meets sexy billionaire and media tycoon Amar Bishop – a sheik’s son, all bet’s are off. Amar makes his intentions clear; he intends to have her…even if it means annihilating the competition. 

A disarming prince…

Cast-off by his father as illegitimate, Amar spurned love and chose casual flings, until he encounters alluring Rylee Hart. But Rylee rejects his advances not eager to be one of the noble heir’s latest conquests, which only fuels the playboy’s desires. When Amar finally claims her, he vows to possess her. But when family tragedy strikes Amar and duty calls…will it signal the end of their love affair? Or the beginning?

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This contest is easy.  All you have to do is leave a comment below describing your perfect romantic evening and one lucky winner will be chosen to win the prize listed above!

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Follow Yahrah on social media and participate every day to be entered for your chance to win a $25 gift card! 

It's also where you'll find all the cool facts, comments, contests, polls and more about what's going on in Yahrah’s writing world. Tell all your friends about it!! Help her to get to 1,000 likes on the Yahrah St. John page.


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Online Book Club - Building Relationships Around Books


Tell us about your book club?

Building Relationships Around Books is more than just a book club, it is family. Every day I look forward to meeting with the family and talking about some of our favorite fictional characters. We are so serious about our favorite book heroes, even heard one lady had a baby by a fictional character ( LOL)

For the next step for B.R.A.B. I would love to start a physical chapters in different locations. I feel I can reach more people that way.

Why was it created?

BRAB stands for Building Relationships Around Books. I decided to start a book club on Facebook in 2009 to find other readers who shared the same passion for reading. I wanted to have discussions, as well as tons of interaction with some of my favorite authors. I was reading so much but had nobody to talk to about the books I was enjoying. I thought this was a great way to reach more people being online. BRAB has grown so much over the last couple of years I now have two other ladies who help me run the book club Prissy Parker and Denise Stokes are my book partners and admins.

Hello! I am Sharon L Blount The President of Building Relationships Around Books, I am from Oakland, California. I am a medical assistant and mother to a beautiful son who has truly taught me the meaning of love. I have not always been an avid reader because of my learning disability. Dyslexia made reading difficult for me to enjoy. I became true avid reader once I picked up my first African American romance novel by Rochelle Alers; I have not stopped since then. Along the way, I found out that I am a sucker for romance. I love happy endings and I love the fact that love can conquer all. I also enjoy different genres such as suspense, mystery, and true crime. I have a dream of one day writing my own books.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Book Of The Day: The Sacred Bombshell by Abiola Abrams

“The Sacred Bombshell knows that her creative feminine energy is a catalyst. She remembers her womb wisdom and she is born again as her true Self. She knows that she is a conjurer, an alchemist, and a fierce creator. She is a woman who can rebirth herself at any time and create as she chooses. She accepts her creativeness as a gift. This is sacred self-love. “ -Excerpt, The Sacred Bombshell Handbook by Abiola Abrams

The Sacred Bombshell Handbook of Self-Love is the first advice guide and second book by Abiola Abrams, Passionate Living Coach, love columnist, motivational speaker, and empowerment expert. Abiola uses her experience from coaching women one-on-one in addition to her Guyanese family wisdom to share feminine energy lessons of self-love and deservability. Powerful dialogues are intercut with meaningful journaling exercises and sacred healing modalities such as meditation and affirmation.

If you are having a challenging time in life, unable to conquer your fears, or dealing with relationship traumas and insecurities, this book is for you. Abiola is the midwife for your whole life and this feminine power book is the healing salve that she applies. The bandage may ache when you remove it but you will be better for the journey.

Abiola is known for her caring but no-nonsense relationship advice in her ESSENCE Intimacy Intervention column and laser coaching on talk shows like the CW’s “Bill Cunningham Show.” She also gives advice on sites like and Mommy Noire. Find her award-winning blog and web TV series at or on facebook and twitter.

The book is available in paperback and as an eBook wherever you buy books.


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BOOK OF THE DAY: Keeping Secrets by Kiru Taye

Have you ever loved someone and didn’t even know it?

That’s the dilemma facing Felix Essien when he wakes from a coma to find he is married to the most beautiful and sensual woman he’s ever known. He cannot remember her or their wedding; he who had sworn never to get married or to give his heart to another. Yet, he feels an intense bond with her that he intends to explore fully.

Ebony can’t believe her good fortune when her paper husband wakes not remembering the temporary marriage arrangement with no intimacies he’d proposed, and is now the adoring husband she’s always dreamt of.

She plans to make the most of the passion blossoming between them. However, would he still feel that way when he regains his memory and realises she’s been keeping secrets and their marriage is not what he thinks it is?

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Monday, July 21, 2014

COVER AUTHOR: Brenda Jackson

Just to share a little information about myself, I was born in Jacksonville, Florida. I am a proud graduate of William M. Raines High School, and I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University. Also, I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

I got married forty-one years ago to my high school sweetheart, Gerald, and we have two sons, Gerald Jr. and Brandon, ages thirty-six and thirty-four, respectively. I still proudly wear the going-steady ring Gerald gave me at fifteen. A few years ago I retired after working 37 years in management for a major insurance company, and I am now writing full-time and enjoying every minute of it.

I began my writing career in the eighth grade at Northwestern Junior High School, when I would hand- write my stories for fellow classmates to read. I’m proud to say some of those same classmates are still Brenda Jackson readers today!!

I have published more than 100 novels and novellas, becoming the first African American author to accomplish such a feat. Additionally, I have over 3 million books in print. My professional writing career began in 1994 when I signed on with Kensington Arabesque. My first book, Tonight and Forever, became a huge success, introducing the Madaris Family. Since then I have introduced the Bennetts, the Westmorelands, the Montgomerys, the Masters, the Savoys, and the Steeles, just to name a few. A listing of my books can be found on this website. And because I love writing connecting stories, I have a listing of how my books connect in my various family saga series.
Over the years I have received numerous awards and made many trail-blazing accomplishments by being the first African-American author to have a book published under the Harlequin/Silhouette Desire line of books and the first African-American romance author to make USA Today’s Bestseller’s List and the New York Times Bestseller’s List for the series romance genre. Click here to view a printable list of my awards.

I have written for the following publishers: St. Martins Press, BET, Kensington, NAL, Harlequin/Silhouette and Harlequin Kimani Romance. Presently, I am writing exclusively for Harlequin, and I’m excited to have all my books under one dynamic publishing house.
I am proud to be a 2012 NAACP Image Award Nominee for my 81st book, A Silken Thread. I am also a strong supporter of giving back to your community and have received Community Service Awards from the Delta Sigma Thetas, the AKAs and the Zeta Phi Beta Sororities. And because I believe in the power of education, in honor of my grandmother, ten years ago I established the Josiephine Streater Threatt Scholarship Foundation at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Florida. Over $100,000 have been donated to this Foundation to provide scholarships to students wanting a college education.

In 2014, I received the Mary McLeod Bethune Community Service Award from the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter of Bethune Cookman University; and I received the Pioneer Award in Writing from Romantic Times Magazine.

In 2013, I was recognized by the mayor and the city of Jacksonville as being a Trailblazer in the literary field. In 2012, I received the Romance Writers of America’s (RWA) Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. One of the highest literary award an author can receive in the romance genre.

In 2010, I wore the hat of “film-maker” when I collaborated with my son’s production company, Five Alive Films, to turn one of my books, Truly Everlasting, into a feature film. For more information about the movie, please visit or click here – Truly Everlasting, the Movie. This movie is currently on Netflix.

Periodically, I will come up with a story idea which does not fall within the guidelines of my publisher.  For that reason, I created my Love, Passion and Promise (LLP) line of books that are published exclusively by my own publishing company, Madaris Publishing Company.  As of today’s date, I have published 4 books under the LLP imprint.  These books are sold exclusively in my online store –

In 2015, we are scheduled to begin work on bringing my book, A Silken Thread, to the big screen with Debbie Allen as movie director.

A man's word is his bond. His family is his strength. His heart is his own.

Superstar musician Caden Granger has spent years running from love, commitment and family. Yet despite his fame and fortune, he knows the kind of respect and adoration he needs can only come from one person—the very woman who wants nothing to do with him.

Charity volunteer and owner of a wine boutique, Shiloh Timmons finally got her life on track once her relationship with Caden ended, and she's in no hurry to revisit a romance with the man who believes she left him standing at the altar.

If Caden can't have Shiloh by his side, all the success in the world will mean nothing. Now he has a chance to renew his promises…but is it too late?

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