This is an extended post/update, where I go into more detail about my two new releases this month. Bare with me and enjoy! The City is coming!!!
I hope you all are doing well. We've now entered Fall, though the blazing kiss of the summer sun is still upon our flesh. I'm happy that we all made it out of summer unscathed. Currently, nothing new is going on. I have no signings planned at all. For now, I'll be urgently writing. I have a short that I must submit before January and I'm still working on my steampunk novel.
As of now, if you haven't visited my website, there are two new sections on it Romance & Secret Stash. I hope you all enjoy the new tidbits being added to the Secret Stash. I'm eagerly awaiting the soon to be finished product and I can not wait to share it once it's done.
I'm also excited that two new stories from me will be releasing soon. That information is on my website and blog. The City- A Cyberfunk Anthology & Body Heat: A Romance and Erotic Anthology (coming Sept. 14th). Both stories will be able to be found on Amazon. You can pre-order Body Heat now, so share, talk about it, and share some more.
Allow me to go into what led me to writing both stories. With Love, Lies, and Pleasure (which is featured in Body Heat), the story follows the life of Kwame Hughes a man who lost everything he held dear to him. In that loss, and grief he turned to closing himself off at the possibility of something new. Because of that, Kwame creates a world of salacious hedonism that he keeps from a woman, Karma, that might be his saving grace.
I wanted the Brothers of Kemet to be entertaining and filled with love, comedy, and growth. It turned into me stepping into contemporary romance/erotica, something I've never done before...and I know you all are saying, what about the salacious sex scenes in SE? For me, its not the same. Writing Kwame and Karma's story was very difficult for me, because it was the beginning of BOK. I had previously written its counterpart, featuring a different man of BOK and that story came somewhat easier.
Love, Lies, and Pleasure went through three rewrites and several title changes to turn into the shorts that they are today. Originally meant to be a full novel, I chose to break it up once invited to be a part of this awesome anthology. My goal is to release part two to LLP later in the year, with the full book being released on paperback, next year. If enjoyed. That's my plans and I hope you guys go read Kwame and Karma's wild story and learn how BOK was started.
Now, The City: A Cyberfunk anthology. I'm always looking for ways to test myself in the fantasy/scifi genre and "Free Your Mind" was that test. It started out as me joining a post on Facebook in the State of Black Science Fiction group. That post mainly was about writing small shorts shaped around specific sci-fi images we found, it then turned into this awesome project that I was lucky enough to be a part of. "Free Your Mind" tells the story of a Runner Iset with a unique mission and her dear friend/protector Orion. In their, fight to protect a missive she will struggle with her past and present in order to free the minds of many.
I wasn't sure how I was going to go with this story. I knew that with everything I write, I like to add a touch of romance, or sex and this one I did that. But outside of that, I was writing in an incredible world set in the future, doing things I had no idea if they would make sense. I hoped to educate a little and add a lot of action to the piece. In it all it challenged me to the point that I'm still nervous about it. I'm excited to share it with you all, but like any writer, I'm nervous. Iset is a rebel and you'll learn that in the short piece I wrote. I was able to write with a fellow contributor and we had a ball. D.K. Gatson's character is featured in my story, so for those who enjoy his short and want to see more of his character, check out mine. We both bounced off each other and linked our story in an exciting way.
With all of that, please make sure to grab both anthologies. I've been busy and I hope that my work translated into something entertaining.
This blog is also now part of a blog tour for The City, so visit my fellow participants and see how they created their stories and world as Citizens. Also, please support this effort especially due to the fact that there are not that many women acknowledged in sci-fi writing. This novel features a few women like myself and we all need your support.
The City will be available as an e-book via Amazon, Barnes and Noble (Nook) and Kobo on September 25th and as a paperback at MVmedia (www.mvmediaatl.com) and wherever books are sold by October 15th.
Visit fellow Blog Tour Citizen's:
- Milton Davis's Blog (Story: Knowlege)
- Zig Zag Claybourne 's Blog (Story: Move)
- Balogun Ojetade's Blog (Story: The Verdict)
- Jeff Carroll's Blog (Story: Dreamer's ReCall)
- Ray Dean's Blog (Story: Washed Pure, Washed Clean)
- D K Gaston's Blog (Story: Man With No Name)
- K. Ceres Wright's Blog (Story: Mission: Surreality)
- Ced Pharaoh's Blog (Story: Edge Of Innocence)
Though summer is now behind us, I hope you all enjoy the last remnants of the lovely weather. Remember to grab your copy of Rebel Guardians - Sin Eaters Chronicles, as well as the books that started it all, the Sin Eaters - Devotion Book series.
"The Light Always Prevails" - Kai Leakes