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Lawyer | Romantic Suspense Author | Speaker | TV Junkie | Foodie | Sweet Wine Addict | Savvy Shopper You can visit my website at www.authordeelawrence.com to learn more about my romantic suspense novel, Gotta Let It Go, which is set in Baltimore. You can also connect with me online @ thewritepen (Twitter and Facebook). Thanks for visiting with me today!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Review of Secret Attraction by Donna Hill

Sometimes loving someone from a distance can prevent you from giving your heart to someone else. Such is the case with Desiree (“Desi”) Lawson, twin sister to Dominique (“Dom”), who has been in love with Spence Hampton for a long while. But she was afraid to pursue her desire because of Dom’s relationship (which was never clearly defined to her) with Spence. So, she decided it would be best to move on and agreed to a blind date orchestrated by Dom with Max DeLaine, a college professor from a prominent family.

Spence has seen Desi out with Max and thought that it killed his chance to tell her how he truly felt. But when Max turned out not to be too stable (showing up at Desi’s office and at her home uninvited), Dom gets wind of it and confides in Spence. It was then that Spence decided to bypass the platonic phase with Desi and tell her how he truly felt.

This story was sexy, filled with great dialogue and with delicious meals (Spence is a chef) that could fly off the pages - yummy. The characters were not one dimensional (crazy knows no bounds or family status) and full of surprises too (Desi was a race car driver which she kept a secret from her family – I wanted to see this explored some more though).

Anyway, Spence is definitely a man any woman would fall for (sexy, successful and well grounded), but he only had eyes for Desi and she only had eyes for him. And no one could come between that. I was happy they were able to get together – great power couple!

A must read!

Some of my favorite lines:
They pulled up to a light. He turned to her.  “Now that I finally have you with me, I don’t intend to waste one minute apart.”

The heat in his eyes played over her face. Her entire body tingled.

“That cool with you?”

All she could do was nod her head to make sure she didn’t stir herself from this incredible dream she was having.

Rating: 4 Stars


Monday, December 19, 2016

Interview with David Russell, Author of Self's Blossom

Author’s Bio: {b. 1940. Resident in the UK. Writer of poetry, literary criticism, speculative fiction and romance. Main poetry collection Prickling Counterpoints (1998); poems published in online International Times. Main speculative works High Wired On (2002); Rock Bottom (2005). Translation of Spanish epic La Araucana, Amazon 2013. Romances: Self’s Blossom; Explorations; Further Explorations; Therapy Rapture; Darlene, An Ecstatic Rendezvous (all pub Extasy (Devine Destinies). Self-published collection of erotic poetry and artwork, Sensual Rhapsody, 2015. Singer-songwriter/guitarist. Main CD albums Bacteria Shrapnel and Kaleidoscope Concentrate. Many tracks on You Tube, under ‘Dave Russell.’

What inspired you to write your book?
A close friend wrote a historical romance, which made me want to try something in that area.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
The novels of William Golding

Is this your first book? How long did it take to start and finish your book?
This was in fact my second; it took me about six months to write.

Do you write with an outline, or just let it flow organically?
I have a very vague outline, and then let things flow organically.

Do you listen to music when you write? If yes, is there a theme song for this book?
I listen to a lot of music, but never when I am writing.

What are the keys to success in getting your book out to the public?
Be thorough with approaching review sites, and be open to do review exchanges with other authors.

What advice would you give to new authors?
Be tenacious, and be prepared for some adversity.

How about sharing an excerpt from Self’s Blossom?
Here, she was on a beach, pure and simple. Now the sea breathed heavily, whispering and murmuring to her. It was returning her stare, speaking to her. It was the spirit of love, beckoning her with a pulsing, sinewy body. In all its lines, shades, and fleeting forms, Selene saw the essence of pure beauty, all grace of form, flesh, limb and feature. It was in one, all the lovers of whom she could possibly dream, conflated into one elemental ideal. He, pure love in soul, bade her to enter his domain and make it hers. His arms moved her hands to unclasp, unbutton, and unzip . . . the blossom emerged. The sun became the eye of all that was not earth, and Selene loved fully, though the pallor of her skin left her momentarily abashed.

At first she lay in the tide's path, the top of her head at its most extreme mark. The sand bank made a soft bed. The sea lover smoothly caressed her calves, thighs, hips, breasts, shoulders, and cheeks before retreating to pause in his mossy pinnacles. Three times this action was repeated, and then Selene stood up, wading in with arms outstretched. Her arms were linked, as she stood up to her neck in the saline flow. The balls and heels of her feet wobbled, slithering on the moss. With the next wave, she lost her balance – her breath prepared in unison with the hissing around her. She threw her head back, once again horizontal, and launched into a backstroke, sweeping and circling. She parted her legs wide with each thrust of motion, each sweep of self-propulsion pushing out to answer the cavernous currents of his passion. Seven circles gave her a delicious, warm bliss –then the sea lover, well pleased, carried her back to a near-dry bed. Aching and contented, Selene dozed a while.

What’s next for you?
I have 2 sequels to this story in mid-preparation, and 3 more unpublished stories.

Where can readers find out more about you and your book(s)?
It’s been a pleasure having you here with us today. I know my readers will enjoy getting to know you and your work.
  





Monday, December 5, 2016

Interview with Brenda D. Bunting, Author of Poems of Love and Violence In Between Life and Death 2nd Edition

Author’s Bio: Brenda D. Bunting is a socially conscious Poet and Educator, Spoken Word Artist and Workshop Facilitator. She is a Poet in Progress (PIP) through the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities headed by Poet Laureate Dolores Kendrick. She is a member of the Sanctuary’s multi-disciplinary team in Washington DC. A University of Kentucky alumna with her B.A. in English Brenda has been writing and performing poetry for over 30 years.

Published in newspapers, anthologies and journals Brenda knows the benefits and advocates for the therapeutic use of writing poetry for mental and emotional wellness and healing from traumatic events. Her book of poetry, "Poems of Love and Violence in between Life and Death 2nd Edition" is available for purchase on Amazon.com. She is an original member of the DC Poetry Project and a life member of the Kentucky State Poetry Society (KSPS).

What inspired you to write your book?
I had a lifelong dream of being a published author since I was 12 years old. When I was about 25 years old I got the title, “Poems of Love and Violence In Between Life and Death.” Because the themes of love and violence persisted in my life and I had been near death I knew that is what would be in my book. I was 49 years old when the first edition was published.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
As a young African American woman I fell in love with poetry when I heard it but it was not until tenth grade did I realize it was accessible to me. I heard Shakespeare and many old English gentlemen but when I heard Gwendolyn Brooks, “We Real Cool” my young mind was struck by the fact that her voice was valid in academia. Her voice was considered poetry. Her style was not a poetic form of de rigueur but it was about her experience. The message was just as important as the mode.

Is this your first book? How long did it take to start and finish your book?
This was my first book and although I have very old poems in the pages it took approximately two years from start to finish for completion. I knew exactly how I wanted the layout, the pictures and the flow. Because I have some experience with editing I was able to do everything myself. No one helped me with this book project. I have learned so much more since this first effort I was amazed to see how many people usually are involved in a book publication even if you do self publish.

Do you write with an outline, or just let it flow organically? Ever since I have heard of “The Muse” I knew that was what happened to me. I am suddenly inspired. Those are my best poems. While I may write from an outline or some such other prompt if inspiration does not come to me, the writing with be lackluster. I do not know how else to write. There is a Muse.

Do you listen to music when you write? If yes, is there a theme song for this book? I never listen to music when I write but I may be inspired by music. The music that inspires me the most is Classical and Jazz.

What are the keys to success in getting your book out to the public?
I have a very supportive company where I work and when the CEO found out I published a book of poems I had my first book signing at my company. My boss bought 115 copies of my book. Aside from that an author should have a concrete plan, not thoughts, no vague feelings but an actual plan. Talk to family and friends about purchasing your book. Write a great press release. Have at least five places you are able to have a book signing or author event. Have a couple of scripted and prepared speeches about your book. Investigate having reader reviews. Don’t lose faith in your book and what you have accomplished.  Keep rebranding your book and yourself.

What advice would you give to new authors? Know what you want to accomplish by writing the book. Have a realistic expectation about what is going to happen after you put the pen down. Very few players go to the big leagues so if you solely want commercial success then you should research the subject matter and what is popular and move in that direction. If you are writing a memoir to work through something or something else think about who else do you want to share your book with and find the niche.

How about sharing an excerpt from Poems of Love and Violence In Between Life and Death 2nd Edition?  
Love to Resurrect
Stark is the harsh cry of winter winds,
They lash into tender and vulnerable skin,
Making memories of sunshine and friends,
Fade into despair.

When I first reached out,
To touch you to love you and to hug you,
Your attitude was forget me and you
It’s too late. I am dead.

Your thorns cut me so deeply.
I bleed red and you see me,
With tears of hope and needing
To comfort you somehow

I know a dying flower,
Can resurrect in hours,
Good earth, hot sun, rain showers,
Can bloom for ever on

Please reach out just touch me,
Don’t be afraid of loving.
I’m not the one, who’s cutting,
Down flowers for graveyards

I want to see you flourish,
To rise again be nourished,
With all the care and courage,
It takes to love again.

Then there will come the season,
You will understand the reason,
To know your suffering’s meaning,
Was to make your joy so strong

Your scars are healed and covered,
An inner strength’s discovered,
Come laugh with me my lover,
In the meadow green of spring

What’s next for you?
I will be presenting my original work at the Bridgewater International Poetry Conference January 12-15, 2017 at Bridgewater College in Virginia. I will be presented as a PIP poet in Washington DC in April 2017. I am working on my next book and continuing to perform public and private events.

Where can readers find out more about you and your book(s)?

DL: It’s been a pleasure having you here with us today. I know my readers will enjoy getting to know you and your work.

BB: Thank you Dee for having me and I appreciate the opportunity to be featured on your blog!


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