I posted this on my various social media accounts yesterday only to wake up and find out that another brother has been shot to death and this time in front of his family. I am a writer and not a fighter so, I chose to use the weapon I’ve been given to speak for my brothers and sisters.
Share liberally and comment freely. Our outrage must be heard, seen, and felt. It must translate into change because this is just insane.
I just got the book trailer for Seasoned with Grace and I love it. Now, because I also love you, I’m sharing it with y’all!!! Check out the book trailer and a short excerpt of Seasoned with Grace.
The sound of Young Thug’s cartoonish intonation and the infectious chorus of his and Rich Homie Quan’s hit song “Lifestyle” snapped Grace King out of her alcohol-induced slumber. She squinted to read the screen of her iPhone. “Ethan Summerville,” she read slowly before tapping the green telephone icon to accept the call from her attorney slash agent slash everything. Throughout the years, Grace had come to rely on Ethan. To Grace, it seemed like no one understood her except for him.
“Hello,” she grumbled into the phone.
“Grace Terisha King, I know the reason that you are late to this meeting is that you’re still in bed.”
“You know what my mother used to tell me when she caught me in a lie? Lying lips are an abomination unto the Lord.”
Grace mustered up enough strength to sit up in the bed so that she wasn’t completely lying, just telling a little half-truth. Those half-truths had taken her far. The half-truth she’d told the bouncer—that her friend was drunk and needed her help getting out of the club—had enabled her to finagle her way into the VIP section of the 40/40 Club, where she was discovered by Bleeker Kios, the head of Fresh Faces Modeling Agency. Her friend had been drunk and had needed her help, but she’d passed out with her head on the bar. From there, Grace had parlayed that half-truth into a prosperous modeling career.
“You can’t continue to do this,” Ethan said when she was silent.
“Do what?” she asked, slapping her thigh. Sometimes Ethan’s paternal and overbearing nature frustrated her, and it also made her think of all the things she’d left behind, like family, namely, her father, whom she had once considered herself close to.
“You cannot continue to walk out of nightclubs, inebriated, and expect to book legitimate jobs. It’s all about branding, and no one wants you associated with their brand. These proceedings were supposed to begin at eight, and it is now nine o’clock. The judge has been calling here every hour on the hour since six a.m., trying to determine why it was exactly that she didn’t lock you up, and why it is that she shouldn’t lock you up now.”
“So . . . what?” Grace shrugged her shoulders. “Am I not supposed to enjoy myself ever?”
“Not when you’re trying to break into the world of acting. Tell me which producer wants the drunken girl on page six on their billboard.”
“I knew you were not out of bed. You’re on page six of the Post, page two of the Daily News. And I’m sure they have a shot of you in every free paper that exists in New York City as well. If you keep this up, your star is going to nova soon.”
Grace ran her fingers through the long blond bang she’d had sewn into her short pixie cut as she digested what Ethan was telling her about her career. Since she’d left home at sixteen, the only thing she had had was her career.
For a longer excerpt visit the Books page
Seasoned with Grace will be released on 7/28 but you can pre-order
Seasoned with Grace now:
If you’ve been following The Neophyte Author for awhile now then you know how much I like to party and celebrate each book. Now there was no way I could not throw a party for Seasoned with Grace even though I considered not doing it. However, once my sister convinced me to have a party the Lord allowed everything to come together. Two great things about this party is, one it’s going to be at Grace King’s favorite coffee shop in Seasoned with Grace and there will be a stylist on hand to give some personal styling tips to us all. There will also be plenty of games and gifts.
If you’re in the NYC area and want to celebrate with me you’re invited to attend the Seasoned with Grace Launch Party and Style Session, lead by the Visual Stylist Shanette Valle. We’ll also be collecting donations of gently used women’s office wear for the organization Dress for Success. To get your tickets click the image:
For all of supporters who are outside of the city stay tuned for details on the virtual launch party.
The Neophyte Author is taking it to the streets. If you’re in the New York City Area please be sure to join me at the Black Book Festival hosted by the Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. Come and purchase a copy of Born at Dawn.
When: Sunday, April 19, 2015 2pm-6pm
Where: Medgar Evers College, The Academic Complex Science Building, Main Dining Hall 2nd Floor
This post is solely for those who have read Born at Dawn. If you haven’t then you better read it so that you share your two cents or at least be prepared for the May discussion of the book. I encountered this post today on Facebook courtesy of Micheal Baisden Live and I could not help but think of Cynthia and Cheo.
Now, I have a question for you: is this why Cynthia was so intrigued with Cheo or was she genuinely in love with the brother? What do you think?
If you want to weigh in one the discussion one-click today!
Friday Finds: Every Friday The Neophyte Author will shine the light on a new release that you just can’t miss and each author will explain why they write in that genre.
Ain’t Nobody by Adrienne Thompson
Available for Pre-Order: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RW1VDFQ
About The Book:
Genre: African American Women’s Fiction/Edgy Inspirational Fiction
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Why I write Inspirational Women’s Fiction and Romance…I write Inspirational Women’s Fiction and Romance because those are the genres I have read the most in my lifetime and they have greatly influenced my writing.
With her biological clock ticking like a time bomb, Alex Weaver issues her long-time commitment-phobic boyfriend an ultimatum. Soon, things are back on track and Alex is well on her way to her “happily ever after.” That is, until she makes a discovery that rocks her to her core. When Alex decides to take control of her future, she begins to make some life-altering decisions that set her on the path of fulfilling her goal of having a family. But will she be able to deal with the consequences?
I was in no mental state to be writing, and I knew it. But writing was my passion and my refuge and when all else failed, only it could lift my mood. But somehow, the depression I’d slid back into as soon as my plane hit US soil had superseded the healing effects of writing. Sitting on my computer screen was not the elegant string of words I was known for, but a string of obscenities. Nothing but angry words lined the
page. I sighed, closed my eyes, and prayed for a brief moment. Then I clicked on the iTunes icon and began to scroll through my music, hoping that a soothing tune would inspire me. Why did I own so many stupid love songs? I scrolled and scrolled until my only option for music was a Lil’ Wayne album that Quincy had downloaded to my computer, and I couldn’t even stand to listen to that because it reminded me of him. I stared at the songs listed on the computer: “What You Won’t Do For Love,” “Can’t Hide Love,” “Love And Happiness,” “Sweet Love,” “When We Get Married,” and the one that really sent me over the edge: “All True Man.” That did it. Next thing I knew, I was deleting my entire iTunes library. Then I deleted the page of obscenities. Then I unplugged the laptop and threw it across the room. Somehow it landed on the couch and just as I was walking over to it with intentions of thrusting it against the wall, my doorbell rang. At first I stood there as if I didn’t know what to do. Then I slowly made my way to the door, smoothing my hand over the raggedy braids on my head. I peered through the peep hole and felt my blood instantly begin to boil. I snatched the door opened and shrieked, “What do you want?!”
Link to Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/RqJrao7MZhM
Kindle (Pre-Order): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RW1VDFQ
wife to divorcee to registered nurse to author. This mother of two young adults and one teenager
currently resides in Arkansas with her youngest daughter where she writes and publishes her
stories from the soul… for the soul, full time. Adrienne writes stories about brokenness, healing,
and redemption, because she has traveled those roads herself.
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