Southern Horror Stories – New Release!

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HORRORJust in time for Halloween, I decided to release a short story collection of Southern Horror Stories!

Here’s what it’s about:

The mistreatment of slaves has caused the captives to fight back. Tired of the mistreatment, the slaves want revenge and blood. Follow six separate stories of betrayal, violence, bloodshed and revenge. These short stories show what can happen when people have been pushed to their limits. In Barren Plantation find out why we use the word barren for people who cannot have children.  Caleb’s Stitches shows how to turn the tables on a mad scientist. Climb inside the Mind of Hope if you think you can survive the insanity. Read about a spooky way station for escaped slaves in The Underground Hell Road. Pirates of Slavery is a bloody story of revolt, while Slave Island will lure you to a dangerous island that you can never leave.

Disclaimer: Not suitable for young children. Contains violence, sexual content and paranormal activity.

 

My Southern Horror Short Stories Collection is now available as an e-book on Amazon for $0.99. Click Here to get your copy. It is a 6 story collection of fictitious slave stories. You can read excerpts of Barren Plantation and Mind of Hope by clicking on the highlighted titles below:

Story 1: Barren Plantation

Story 2: Caleb’s Stitches

Story 3: Mind of Hope

Story 4: Underground HellRoad

Story 5: Pirates of Slavery

Story 6: Slave Island

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Couch Convos Featuring Author Ronyea Thompson

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Welcome to April’s edition of Couch Convos! Today we welcome Ronyea Thompson, author of the popular novel “The Circle”. Let’s get started.

Part I

 LWT: Welcome to Couch Convos. Tell us, how did you get the idea to write “The Circle”?

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RT: I have a circle of friends in real life (who are way more conservative than the characters LOL) and since I love to write and play around with characters, I thought it would be cool to draw inspiration from my friends.

LWT: Well, in this book you do have a unique group of friends. Can you take us through the process you went through to develop each character?

RT: Yes…as stated above, the characters were inspired by my circle of friends. And when I say inspired, I mean VERY LOOSELY inspired LOL. All of it is fiction, none of it is real…for example Chantal is inspired by a dear friend of mine. The ONLY similarities they share are that they both live in California and both are dancers. However, my friend in real life is a praise dance and worship leader at her church, and spends days teaching young girls the art of dance via Ballet and Jazz at the Chon Renee Dance Academy in the Bay Area. She has never stripped nor done drugs…but it was fun to play with her character, because there are women who strip, and I wanted to change the stigma a bit.

LWT: When I read the book, I felt as if each one of the main characters struggled with their moral compass. Why was this such an important element in the story line?

RT: Its important to me as a woman to express the struggles we may have in our everyday lives. No one is perfect and we often battle with right and wrong intentions and decisions. I wanted to reference issues like drug use as well as abortions, because those are touchy topics and many people tend to be on one side of the fence when it comes to that. However, no one situation is the same. Just because in real life my “inspired friends” don’t deal with these situations, doesn’t mean others aren’t out there dealing with it, I know a few.

Also, my book is a bit different from a lot of “Urban” novels in the since, I wanted to tell a story with a spiritual undertone. God can use you right where you are. I hope readers walk away with that as well. Being relatable was also very important to me…who can’t deal with feeling stuck in a “job” like Keisha, but really wanting more. Dealing with debt and marital issues are common…also who hasn’t been affected by cancer, be it themselves or a close friend or family member?

 

LWT: When I write, I have a picture in my head of who I want my characters to look like. Who were the muses for the girls?

RT: My real friends…I took some of their physical similarities, and incorporated them into the characters.

 

LWT: What about the men? I know the readers are just salivating to find out who inspired each love interest.

RT: Honestly, the men were just made up, if you can believe that. Again, with the characters of Harvey and LD being not as good, I wanted to show good men too like John, Derrick, and even Big Cody who is a good father.

 

LWT: I have to know, do you identify with one character, more than the others in the book?

RT: Yes, Robin is loosely based on me, with her love of books and being married. However, I’ve never been with a woman.

 

LWT: How did you do your research for the characters, especially CC?

RT: For CC, believe it or not, I asked some of my men friends what happens in strip clubs, and just used my imagination from there.

 

LWT: The book focuses on a group of women who, in my opinion ride hard for each other. They may have a tiff or two, but in the end they know they can depend on each other. Why do you feel it is important, especially for black women to read about these types of relationships?

RT: The ultimate goal for this book is to show a strong, sincere bond of female friends. I believe in today’s world, so much attention is focused on women, especially black women, fighting one another. If you look at reality TV there is a strong presence of black women tearing each other down. We’re not always sleeping with each others man, or jealous, or gossiping about one another. Call me blessed, but I have some awesome friends in my life, that I have had for a very long time. Our friendships are healthy, positive, and supportive, and I feel there are a lot more out there…its just not often told.

 

LWT: Who are some of your favorite writers and why?

RT: It took me a few years (6 to be exact) to write and finalize The Circle. During that time I stopped reading other authors, just so my story would be true to me. I am excited to read some new authors, but I have also enjoyed Terry McMillan, Terri Woods, Mary Monroe, and Rashonda Tate Billingsley to name a few.

Part II

LWT: How do you choose your book covers and who does them?

The CircleRT: I knew I wanted sketch drawings. I searched for awhile, before I found @Nataliamadej on Instagram. I reached out to her to do the drawing, and the rest is history. I absolutely love my cover!

 

LWT: So do I. Speaking of Instagram,do you use social media for marketing and does it help with sales?

RT: Yes, I have Facebook and Instagram and I believe it has helped tremendously to get my name and the cover “out there”.

 

LWT: Tell us about your writing process. Do you need complete silence, or do you listen to music? Do you have a drink or write sober? Etc. Inquiring minds want to know.

RT: LOL…no I don’t drink when writing. Sometimes I write with the TV or radio going, and sometimes quiet. Usually, in the evenings though is when I find my groove.

 

LWT: What challenges have you faced as an indie writer?

RT: Oh… where to start? LOL No, ummmm…I haven’t had any MAJOR challenges, other than trying to get the word out that I’m a new author, and receive reviews (hopefully positive ones).

 

LWT: Have you or do you plan to attend any book fairs, conventions or signings? If so, which ones?

RT: Yes, this is all very new for me. But I definitely plan to attend some fairs and conventions in the fall of 2017. I had my first book signing in Oklahoma City in January 2017 and it was a success.

 

LWT: Please give other indie writers 3 tips you’ve learned, that help you to be successful?

  1. Stay focused on what you’re doing. What took 6 years for me should have taken 1 (if that) but I wasn’t focused.
  2. Be true to yourself. I don’t curse, so I didn’t want profanity in my book. Some people have said they wanted it or missed it when reading, but I had to be true for me. Not everyone will like your work and that okay.
  3. All you have to do is start, and the rest will work itself out. Its ok if you don’t know EVERYTHING you need to know about publishing a book. You will learn as you go. I am still learning.

 

LWT: Share one unique thing you’ve done to market your book?

RT: I have done giveaways and book signings. But that’s not so unique…I’ll take ideas if you have any LOL

 

LWT: Keep reading our Couch Convos interviews. I’m sure you’ll learn some great tricks. Tell the readers the one resource you can’t live without as a writer?

RT: My phone! I NEED it, because I can jot down a quick thought, or take a picture of something that might inspire me. I can also Google something real quick if needed.

 

LWT: Smart phones can be great sources of information. What does success look like for you?

RT: For me, success would be having more people reading and liking (and even taking something away) my writings, and one day being able to write as a full-time job.

 

LWT: What’s up next for you? A sequel perhaps?

RT: I have been toying with the idea of a sequel, but I am currently working on a book about 2 sisters. Its been really fun playing with it too.

We look forward to reading it too. Well, that’s it another Couch Convos in the can. ‘The Circle’ is available on Amazon  and Kindle. Click here to purchase. You’ll be glad you did.

Ronyea Thompson currently lives in Southaven, Mississippi with her husband and two

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children. Originally from Oklahoma City, she attended Langston University. While there she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Education. She has always had a love for reading and storytelling, and shortly after graduation she drew inspiration from her own circle of friends who loosely inspired The Circle, her debut novel.

To connect with her please click the links below to her Social Media sites.

Instagram: @itsme_ronyea or @thecirclenovel

Facebook: http://facebook.com/thecirclenovel

New Book Coming Soon!

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Hi Lovies,
I have been a little absent lately, but I have a good reason. I have been emersed in writing my upcoming LoveRotica series The WanderLynn Experience! 


That’s right, I am finally getting close to the release date. The editing process is almost complete so by the end of the month a new baby will be birthed!

This time around, I have decided to use the pen name L. Loren. I started a new blog under this name so I don’t inundate you all with post about my books. Please follow my other blog page: http://llorenwriter.wordpress.com

I will keep you updated on all the book info there. Thanks for your patience and remember…

New Facebook Group

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Lisa's Lovebirds

 

Hi Lovies,

Just a quick update:

I have written a few erotic romance books that are coming soon so I am starting a group to support my writing. Lisa’s Lovebirds is a Facebook Group dedicated to the LoveRotica writing of Lisa W. Tetting.

What is LoveRotica? It is my version of Romance and Erotic novels rolled into one. It is my own unique style of writing that I hope you enjoy.

Here you will get to share your thoughts with the author and have her respond to your inquiries personally. You will receive special offers, have the opportunity to receive eARCs, giveaways, contest and much more. This a a NO Judgement Zone! We are here to bond and have fun.

***IMPORTANT**** This group contains ADULT ONLY content, material and language not suitable for anyone under the age of 18!

 

Please join and re-blog.  Thanks and I look forward to having some fun.

Click Here to join!

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Chasing Day – A New Series by Author Twyla Turner

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©Author Twyla Turner used with permission

This past week I received an email from one of my favorite romance authors as a part of her mailing list. It contained an offer to receive an Advanced Reader’s Copy of her upcoming series “Chasing Day” in exchange for an honest review. Needless to say I jumped at the chance to get my hands on the latest Twyla Turner creation! Being a self published author I know how important it is to have readers write reviews of your work and I was happy to be able to assist Twyla. Being able to read the series before the general public was the icing on the cake.

After I got over my excitement, I settled down in my favorite chair with my Kindle App and dug in. I read with vigor, curious to find out what was going to happen next with the main characters, Chase McCoy and Daylen Daniels. The story takes place over a 30 year period as the readers watch the best friends, who meet on the school bus when they are in the fifth and fourth grades respectively. That’s where Chase learns a valuable lesson that “external beauty didn’t always match what was on the inside.”  The story is captivating as the two young people who are total opposites bond for a lifetime of love, heart aches, triumphs and downfalls, finally to find their happily ever afters.

Twyla has once again written characters that make the readers fall in love with them. I was taken in by the story and refused to relinquish it until I had milked every drop. I felt like I knew Chase and Day personally and wanted nothing more than to see them beat the odds. Who knew the story of a football jock and a band geek could garner such emotions? A myriad of emotions coursed through my veins as I read about these two wonderfully flawed people.  I was angry at the mean girls, I laughed at the class clown, I cried during the heartbreaks and smiled wide during the triumphs. The story ended just as it should have, but not before taking my feelings on a roller coaster ride.  Thank you Twyla for making my blood pressure go up! Lol

Now let’s get down to brass tax. This is an erotic romance series and there were several steamy scenes to warm your, well you know what it warms… The author shows us a caring and loving scene where Chase and Day lose their virginity to each other. It was done in a very tasteful manner and I was amazed at how attentive Chase was instinctively, especially for a teenage boy full of hormones. I must admit I was not enthused when the main characters were with other people. That had nothing to do with the writing; it was the romantic in me who was rooting for the BFFs to get back together.   I loved how Day transpired from a shy, timid girl into a confident, sexual woman.  I also like the fact that Chase did not enjoy sex with the so called “Pretty Girl” who was frigid and unresponsive, the total opposite of Day. I understand they had to experience someone other than each other to know what they lost, but I don’t have to like it.

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©Author Twyla Turner used with permission

If you are in the market for a great love story with life lessons and some hot sex mixed in, please do yourself a favor and pick up the “Chasing Day” Series by Twyla Turner set for release on November 20, 2015!(Pre-order Available Now) If you just can’t wait until then, feel free to read one of her other wonderful books that you can purchase on Amazon! Check out my interview with Twyla on her “Damaged Souls” Series Here.

Book Reviewers Wanted!

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reviewers wanted As you may be aware, I released my debut novel, The Mistreatment of Zora Langston this past week. The book is currently available on Amazon and I am currently running marketing campaigns. What I need now is help from my blogger community. I need people to read and review my book for me. I am looking for objective and experienced readers who like to read coming of age, fiction novels. Since I am a self-published writer, I can not afford to pay people hundreds of dollars to do this for me. What I can do is provide you with a FREE copy of my book in return for an honest review. If you are interested in helping me out, please contact me via email at rebirthoflisa@aol.com for more information. Thanks for your time and consideration. thanks

UPDATE:

Thanks to all who responded. I have all the reviewers I need for this book, but I’m sure I will need more for my future endeavors. 

Guess Who Came Early

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I woke up this morning to find my e-book launched a day early. I think the universe is trying to tell me something! As a result I have released the print version as well. Get YOUR COPY TODAY!

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As a special treat, I was also featured in an interview on author T.O. Weller’s website Never Too Late To Write. Check it out!