Monday, February 18, 2019

#VIRTUALBOOKTOUR #NEWRELEASE Her Beast of a Billionaire Boss by Lucy McConnell #ROMANCE

Her Beast of a Billionaire Boss by Lucy McConnell

When Bella Creer’s father has a heart attack and is unable to finish his contract for Adam Moreau, a ruthless lawyer based in Seattle, she steps in to take his place and save The Cove Phase II.

Adam, a billionaire who lives in a secluded castle on a cliff, is gruff, demanding, brilliant, and injured. An acid attack left its mark on Adam’s face but it’s his heart wounds that Bella sees clearly.

As she takes on the management of a multi-billion-dollar project, Bella’s confidence in herself strengthens and her attraction to Adam grows. But Adam didn’t become the best lawyer in the state by making friends and the wolves circle, ready to attack him at his weakest. Bella will have to be stronger than she’s ever been just to survive. And, before it’s too late, she’ll need to realize that her true power lies in her ability to love beyond measure.

This clean romance will sweep you away to a castle where maids do your laundry, a cook makes lobster for dinner, and there's a beauty parlor in the basement.

Welcome to The Cove

With heavy iron gates, two security stations, and a groundskeeper's cottage, The Cove has everything a billionaire could ask for in a home. Dubbed Billionaire Bachelor Cove because of the resident's single status and income portfolios, The Cove is the perfect place to hide away from the world. But, as the residents soon find out, they can't hide from love.

"I loved this story and the authors style of writing. The story flowed easily and held my attention. Good , clean with no sex or swear words. Would recommend to all ages."

"Brilliantly scripted and a fun read! The characters are engaging and strong. They draw you in and have deep chemistry in this sweet and clean read. I didn't want this story to end though I was itching to see how the nicely crafted story concluded.

I especially love that the story seemed to occur over a long time span and conversations/intetactions were not superficial.

Am glad it's part of a series and hopefully we'll encounter the characters again."

"I really enjoyed the characters, the subtle plot twists, and the growth of the main characters' relationship. It was a fun read and hard to put down."

Uncle Philip broke the silence and Adam’s concentration. “You remind me so much of your father.”

Adam slapped the folder shut. He had enough information to win the case. “I hope you mean that as a compliment, because it’s been said both ways many times.”

The lines around Philip’s eyes had softened. “Same noble brow. Same wavy blond hair. Though I think you’re an inch taller than him.”

“The old man just rolled over in his grave.” His father never gave him an inch in life; it was unlikely he’d give him one in death.

“I offered to take you, you know. After Alicia passed.” Philip ran his thumb over the swollen knuckle on his ring finger. “Your father had other ideas.”

Adam stared out the window as the early days of boarding school, the loneliness, and the emptiness of a child still mourning his mother washed over him like a soft Seattle drizzle. He took in the man across from him. A simple man with a simple life—a life that would have made Adam soft. “Thank goodness for that,” he muttered. At least his father had saved him from a small and unimportant life.

Uncle Philip sighed. “You have more in common with him than your looks.”

This time Adam understood that the words weren’t a compliment, though they were spoken with honesty. The realization unexpectedly stabbed, like a thorn in his flesh. No matter. He would shortly prove that being fierce was better than being … whatever it was Uncle Philip wished him to be. He lifted the folder. “This should only take a moment, and you’ll be on your way.”

The car stopped in front of King County Courthouse. The aged gray building was shaped like a letter H, with two columns of justice connected by a tunnel of office space. There were decorations on the exterior to recommend it as an architectural beauty.

Impatient, Adam threw open the door before his driver had a chance to open it for him and marched towards the entry. He was single-minded in his movements and didn’t notice the woman in the yellow dress until their hands touched on the door.

“Oh!” she exclaimed, a smile blossoming on her face.

Feeling a jolt up his arm, Adam gave her his full attention. Her brown hair was pulled back in a style reminiscent of the 1940s with a few thick, loose curls bouncing to her chin and framing her enchanting, heart-shaped face. She had large, doe-like brown eyes that dropped demurely as his cheeks colored.

He never blushed. The sensation was enough to knock him off his course. She smelled of lilacs and fresh rain.

“I’m so sorry. You go first,” she said. Her voice was strong and yet a caress that drew him near. He had the strangest feeling that he’d like to slay a dragon.

He thrust the door open and motioned for her to enter. “I insist.”

“Thank you.” Her cheeks dusted pink, and for the first time in his life, Adam was quite out of his mind over a woman. He couldn’t remember where he was going or why it was important.

“You look lovely,” he said, not even sure the words made it out of his mouth. He didn’t throw out compliments to strangers. Heck, he didn’t compliment anyone.

Her smile deepened. “Thank you. I’m meeting my fiancĂ© upstairs. We’re getting married today.” She nodded once, her smile lighting up the entire lobby and cracking through the plaster he’d applied to his heart long ago, and then she was off to the elevators and he was left feeling as though he’d missed the opportunity of a lifetime.

Author Lucy McConnell

Award-winning author, Lucy McConnell, loves Christmas, romance, chocolate and Elvis.

After graduating from the University of Utah, she became an editor at an advertising agency before moving on to teach in the marketing department of the local community college. She loved teaching and often misses the academic environment.

Lucy retired from teaching and began to write articles and sweet romance novels. She has been published in national magazines, newspapers, short story compilations, and she writes cookbooks under the name Christina Dymock.

If she's not at the computer, you can find her trying to keep up with her husband and four kids on the ski slopes, on a bike, in the kitchen, or on a horse.

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Hello! This is one of my tour stops during my one-week book tour for The Caged Butterfly by Marian L. Thomas. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. The tour runs Feb 18-22, 2019.  Book your own tour here WNL.

ISBN-10: 1732488002
ISBN-13: 978-1732488007

Genre: Women Fiction

Meet Marian

Award-Winning Author and Speaker, Marian L. Thomas, has penned five women's fiction novels to date. Her books have been seen on national television stations such as the Oprah Winfrey Network, Ovation, and the A&E Network. She has been featured in print magazines, newspapers and a guest on local, national and online radio stations. For her book, I Believe In Butterflies, Marian ranked among the top 100 Most Popular Authors in Literary Fiction on Amazon. She spent most of her teen years in Oak Park, Illinois, but now resides in a suburb of Atlanta with her husband. She enjoys a good bag of popcorn, a plate full of pasta, and a grape pop.

About The Book 

The Caged Butterfly by author Marian L. Thomas is the heartrending story of the Mayfield/Taylor family spanning four generations ranging from the 1930s-1990s. While the character-driven plot touches on relevant social issues such as child abuse, racism, skin bleaching, and suicide, ultimately it is a story of love and forgiveness.

The book begins with Addie Mayfield's loving letter to her unborn child which plays a central theme throughout the plot. As the story unfolds, the reader is introduced to Addie's mother, son, and granddaughter: Millie, Timmy, and Nina. Alternating between the cities of Georgia, Chicago, and New York, and told through first-person narratives by each character, the plot follows the family's history, relationships, triumphs, and sorrows. The book emphasizes self-acceptance, forgiveness, and redemption regardless of life's hardships.

Author Interview

NBB: When did you choose writing as your career?

M: I’d like to say it was when my first book was released, however, that wasn’t the case. That moment came with the release of Blue Butterfly, my fifth book.

NBB: You are an author, speaker and blogger, how do you balance it all?

M: My schedule is pretty tight but the way I learned to balance it all, is to prioritize tasks. There’s a saying…you have to eat-the-frog first. It means that you do the toughest things first. For me, that could be writing a blog post (although, I haven’t done this one in a while), preparing for a speaking engagement or watching the sun come up, while writing a chapter for a new book.

NBB: Do you outline your stories? Do you have a process in place for researching your plots?

M: I don’t outline my stories. I’ve considered it, but don’t feel as it that type of writing method works for me. I’m more of a sit at my computer and just start tying, type of author. 

As far as researching goes. I do it along the way. When I get to a part in the story that requires research, I stop and do it. I’ve even stopped to call a friend who had better insight on the subject that I was writing about. 

MBB: As an author you’ve built a nice platform, what two tips would you give aspiring authors who are wanting to build their writer platforms?

M: My first tip would be to start blogging or posting short stories on sites like Reddit. This gives readers a chance to connect with your writing style. 

My second would be to use paid social media ads on Facebook to drive traffic to your blog. 

NBB: What is the inspiration behind the butterfly series?

M: I write for women. My stories focus on what I call the ‘caterpillars’ of life —the ugly things that bring us pain and tears. When we, as women, find the inner strength to overcome those situations, that’s when those caterpillars become something beautiful. 

NBB: Tell us about the main characters in The Caged Butterfly—Addie Mayfield., Timmy Taylor and Nina Taylor.

M:  Addie Mayfield is a young southern black girl who, on one autumn night in 1949, falls for the irresistible red curls and vibrant green eyes of a young man from the other side of the railroad tracks. Neither knowing that the consequences of their love would have lasting effects.

Timmy Taylor: Timmy was known as one of the greatest white jazz pianists in New York, He never had a reason to question his identity - until truth and betrayal strike. His journey is a tale of deeply rooted sorrow, but ultimately becomes a story of love.

Nina Taylor. Nina is beautiful and talented. She inherited her father's talent, but not his white skin. Certain that's how he made it big, she dives deep into a deadly obsession. 

NBB: What’s next for Marian L. Thomas?

M: I’ve got a copy of stories floating inside my head. One is a romance, the other is detective-type story. Haven’t narrowed it down yet but getting close. 

NBB: What is your favorite quote?

M: It’s really a motto. I’m a firm believer that aspiring authors should Live. Laugh. Write. In that Order. In other words…Take Inspiration from life and write about it!

NBB: Where can readers find you?

M: My website is the best place. It’s From there, readers can connect with me on social platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 

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More About the Book

The Caged Butterfly by Marian L. Thomas, is a fictional story that follows three characters as they navigate life’s often rocky terrain in search of hope, courage, and forgiveness. 

One of the main characters, Nina Taylor—is convinced that having white skin is the only way to make it successfully in the entertainment industry and thus begins bleaching her skin to hide her black heritage.

"At the heart of Nina's story, lies a very dangerous obsession that has become an authentic reality for young women today, " Thomas stated. 

The Caged Butterfly is the third contemporary fiction book that Thomas has written that broaches on the issue of race. The other being- I Believe In Butterflies. She said: "The Caged Butterfly provides an imitate look at a young woman who must go through the caterpillars of life to learn that one must love the skin they're in. It's a tough lesson for Nina, but the end is beautiful."

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Thursday, February 14, 2019


Welcome to Nothing But Books 

Today's featured author 

Katrina Shaw

I first want to thank you for taking the time out of your very busy schedule to do this interview. Speaking of your busy schedule you are one of the authors in the best-selling book Women Who Soar, tell us a about yourself?

I was born and raised in Long Island, New York. A graduate of Morgan State University.  My current profession is broadcasting and media of over 20 years. I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. I am an Entrepreneur of a health and wellness company called Le-vel with a product called Thrive. My passion is to impact and change lives to help others live a life they deserve. I am a 5-year breast cancer survivor. I am an author of 2 books. Woman Who Soar and another book collaboration called Unstoppable Warrior Woman that is not yet published. I have a blog on Facebook called MANE, which stand for Mammograms Are Not Enough. This page was created to support and enlighten women on the importance of a diagnostic mammogram /3D screening and also desires to give support to those who are survivors, going through the process of a diagnosis or have a loved one affected by the disease.  I am very involved in my church and community. I enjoy, reading writing traveling and instructing Zumba.  I currently live in Baltimore Maryland with my husband Warren Shaw. 

What’s the title of your chapter?
Unshakable Faith.

Tell us about your chapter?

In this book I share how I have overcome difficult challenges while being a survivor to thriving not only in health but through my life journey and purpose by using my gifted talent to be a blessing and inspiration to others.
What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading your chapter?
I hope readers learn that no matter how hard life challenges are, we must continue to trust God in all circumstances and keep the faith. God Always has the final say. We have to speak things into existence and let God direct our paths.
What inspired you to participate in this anthology? 
I was inspired to participate in this anthology because I am a Women Who Soars. I know that sharing my story will inspire others. I share my story because I know there is someone I can help and encourage. God enables me to stand for him and by doing so I share my testimony to glorify him.

What’s next for you?

What’s next for me is to launch my non- profit business MANE to help with funding for women who don’t have insurance or insurance that will not cover expenses for extra screenings and all other medical expenses related to the disease. I want to get certified as a life and health coach and be a motivational speaker and advocate. My mission is to empower women all over the world. Be successful in my health and wellness business. Financial freedom for me and my family.

What was the most difficult aspect of writing this chapter?

The most difficult aspect of writing my chapter was reliving the memories when I wrote about my Mother in the book. That was a very hard time for me.

Why do you write? 

I write to express my feelings and share how God is able to touch so many lives. I love writing about my truth and being authentic. Writing gives me relief a sense of letting go and letting God. I use to write more when I was younger and I use to write poems as well. I just started writing again fairly recently.

In three words describe your chapter?

Unshakable Faith Life.

How can people connect with you? 

People can visit my website:

Women Who Soaris a book collaboration project of women who stepped out on faith, launched their own businesses and released their dreams and purposes into the world. 

These powerful women have dispelled lies, overcome difficult challenges, refused to take no for an answer and are now soaring and creating the life they deserve. 

Their stories are moving, revealing, encouraging and empowering. They have resolved to use their testimony to pave the way for other women to soar into their destiny.


Hello! This is one of my tour stops during my one-week book tour for Falling Through the Ceilig: Our ADHD Family Memoir. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs Feb 11-15,2019.  Follow the tour here.  Book your own tour here WNL.

Genre:  Disabilities, Nonfiction, Self-Help

ISBN-10: 0692099883
ISBN-13: 978-0692099889

Meet The Authors

Audrey Robinson Jones left Kansas to attend Wellesley College, graduating in 1972 with her degree in anthropology/sociology, planning to be a social worker. Instead, she worked in healthcare administration for almost 30 years with her husband, including running his multi-office pediatric practice for 24 years. She also earned master’s degrees in healthcare administration and business.

She became managing partner of an airport concessions company and purchased two business franchises with her sons. At the same time, she and her husband built a loving home with three sons. As life unfolded, her sons and husband were diagnosed with ADHD. Managing businesses and four ADHD males took its toll on her health.

In 2008, Audrey was stricken with an almost fatal autoimmune disease. Recovering and retired, Audrey remains a vital force, including participating with Larry in several international health missions trips. At home, she continues to lead a local food pantry, something she’s done for over fifteen years, in addition to family advocacy activities.

Larry Albert Jones, MD, grew up in the 1950s with an overprotective mother and grandmother in a poor section of Memphis, Tenn. His childhood was greatly impacted by the village of educators and church folks who recognized his intellect. That village launched Larry to Wesleyan University, Johns Hopkins University and The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Unfortunately, he lost his mother to cancer before his 20th birthday, but his path was set. He began to notice how much time he required to maintain his college GPA as he prepared for medical school. Keeping his eye on the prize, he persevered, never considering that he would later be diagnosed with ADHD.

For at least 20 years of his career as a pediatrician and parent, he did not link his children’s symptoms and signs of ADHD to himself. While being an effective and popular clinician, he lived in denial about his own diagnosis. Larry is currently a departmental medical director for the SSM Healthcare System. With treatment and counseling, Larry is pursuing community projects, including facilitating a STEM program with elementary school students in Ferguson, MO.

A blend of love, humor and real-life irony, Falling Through the Ceiling makes sense of the nonsensical, shedding light on the challenges of living with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). These stories offer the real-deal reality of living with a house full of ADHD, including the ups, downs and chaos of what happened and the consequences of such. The authors, a married couple of 45 years, offer experience, practical insight and what they learned from counselors, research and their own mistakes to assist people coping with children and adults who are affected by ADHD.

Sharing their personal life challenges with the effects of ADHD, this is a real, sometimes painful, story written to help families recognize and navigate to controlling chaos and unlocking the gifts of ADHD in their children and themselves.

Falling Through the Ceilingsummarizes our experiences in the context of the Sankofa Proverb.  The Sankofa bird is a mythical West African bird with its head turned backwards carrying a precious egg in its mouth. The Ghanian meaning is “forever forward never backwards”, interpreted as you must know your past to not repeat it. We have shared our lives working through ADHD and building on what we have learned.  In the spirit of the Sankofa bird, we have continued to nurture our precious eggs, our sons and our marriage.

The book evolved from our passion to relate our experience of Hope and Healing, even if it would be a painful story to tell. By being both candid and often humorous, we wanted other families to know that they are not alone. We also knew that we needed to highlight the dangers of being enablers to other parents, to help them recognize and unlock the childhood and adult gifts of ADHD. 

As an ADHD affected family, we could not find books about ADHD to help us to understand what can go wrong in families like ours. We knew other parents who were also in denial about professional assessments of ADHD. Yet, we had learned, with difficulty, how to work with multiple generations of children that are affected with ADHD, and wanted to offer hope and concrete do’s and don’ts to families rather than “just suffer through” clinical directions. 

From “Suffering in Silence” to “Frustration and Resilience”, we share the struggles that we survived. Discussion and acknowledgement of ADHD in African American families has historically been the silent enemy among us. 

Our objectives are:
·      Lead a frank discussion of the visible and hidden effects and costs of ADHD to our families, highlighting the gifts.
·      Provide a blueprint for elucidating causes and effects of hitting the wall and ever-increasing possibilities through diagnosis and treatment.
·      Support our sons as they use their ADHD gifts to create their own paths from “Frustration to Resilience."

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019


Love Grind by Shelly Ellis

She’s used to baring it all . . . but baring her heart is a whole different story
Down on her luck and broke, Jennifer Dudley long ago traded dancing in the chorus line for swinging from a stripper pole to make ends meet. She’s hoping an offer to come back home and teach dance at her old performance academy will be the opportunity she needs to fix her life. When she moves in with and falls for a software developer with brains, a boyish smile, and muscles, she decides she might be well on her way to a second chance at success—and love. But her X-rated past may come back to haunt her, compromising her newfound happiness and hurting the ones she loves the most.





Shelly Ellis is a NAACP Image Award-nominated women's fiction/romance author and creator of the Gibbons Gold Digger and Chesterton Scandal series. Her fiction writing career began when she became one of four finalists in a First-Time Writers Contest when she was 19 years old. The prize was a publishing contract and having her first short-story romance appear in an anthology. She has since published ten novels and was a finalist for 2015 NAACP Image Award in the Literary Fiction Category, a three-time finalist for the African American Literary Award in the romance category (2012, 2016, and 2017), and a finalist for the 2015 RT Reviewers' Choice Award in Multicultural Romance category.

She is married and lives in Prince George's County, Maryland with her husband and their daughter. Visit her at her web site



Thursday, February 7, 2019


Welcome to Nothing But Books

Today's Featured Author

Marcy Thomas

Hello Marcy. Welcome to Nothing But Books Blog. I first want to thank you for taking the time out of your very busy schedule to do this interview.  Speaking of your busy schedule, you are one of the authors in the best-selling book Women Who Soar, tell us a about yourself?
I am Marcy Thomas. I am an author, book reviewer and avid book reader.  In addition, I serve as a domestic violence advocate and an advocate for families that have lost loved ones to homicide. I am on the Board of Directors for H.O.L.I. (Haven of Light International), an organization that helps families affected by Domestic Violence. Professionally, I have worked as a medical coder for over 15 years.  I have been married to my husband, Alvin, for 33 years. I am a mother of 3 adult daughters, 2 nephews I raised and 2 grandchildren.

What’s the title of your chapter? 
My chapter title in Women Who Soar is “Tears for my Sister.”

Tell us about your chapter? 
My chapter is about my sister, Christine, and her marriage to a very abusive spouse. It also reveals the specific struggles she endured and how it affected our family.

What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading your chapter? 
I hope that the reader will understand how easy it is to get into an abusive relationship and how difficult it is to get out of such a relationship. You are a child of the most-high God!  You have a right to be treated with dignity and respect. 

What inspired you to participate in this anthology? 
I made a promise to my parents, who are now deceased, that I would write Christine’s story to help prevent another person from experiencing there loved one’s suffering in a abusive relationship. 
What’s next for you? 
I am currently working on a book about a young woman named Angela James. She is involved with a man that is very controlling. 

What was the most difficult aspect of writing this chapter? 
Without giving the whole story away, my entire family was turned upside down on June 18, 2007. Just reading over my diary entries from that day brought back some painful memories for me. God was my strength as I recounted those events.

Why do you write? Is it something you've always done, or always wanted to do? Or is it something that you started fairly recently? 
I have always had a fascinating imagination. As a teen, I was very shy. Therefore, writing was my way of expressing myself. 

In three words describe your chapter? 
I would describe my chapter as transparent, emotional and conversational.

How can people connect with you?
 I can be reached via email: or my Facebook page:

Women Who Soar is a book collaboration project of women who stepped out on faith, launched their own businesses and released their dreams and purposes into the world. 

These powerful women have dispelled lies, overcome difficult challenges, refused to take no for an answer and are now soaring and creating the life they deserve. 

Their stories are moving, revealing, encouraging and empowering. They have resolved to use their testimony to pave the way for other women to soar into their destiny.