Monday, August 19, 2019


Bold, honest, and inspiring, Rock Bottom Success is a journey of loss due to poor decisions and triumph from learning in life’s most teachable moments. Author Keysha Dale painstakingly gives her readers a Birdseye view of the good, the bad, and the ugly of growing up while you level up professionally. Filled with pearls of wisdom derived from Keysha seeing the lessons in failure, which ultimately catapulted her
from sleeping on friends’ sofas to having a seat at the table in her chosen career, Rock Bottom Success is a handbook every career woman needs in her briefcase.

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Keysha Dale is a healthcare executive and an influencer who uses her business acumen and professional prowess to help other women succeed in the workplace and in life. She does so much more than play her role at work, she actively seeks ways to improve the profession through service. Dale is the District of Columbia (DC) Long-Term Care Administration Board Chairperson and the National Association of Long-Term Administrator Board (NAB) State Governance and Regulatory past Forum Facilitator. Currently residing in the Washington, DC area, the wife and mother tours the country sharing pearls of wisdom from her book Rock Bottom Success. Keysha is committed to equipping women for career success through authentic mentorship.

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Q & A with Keysha Dale

You’re a successful healthcare executive, why did you decide to add author to your role?

During my Rock Bottom experience, I vowed to myself that I would help other women avoid the
mistakes I made that landed me in the situation. I also wanted to encourage women to be tenacious
and remain hopeful that at any given moment God can move you out of the Rock Bottom pit.

What do you hope readers will gain from reading Rock Bottom Success?

I hope my readers will gain truth; the good, bad and ugly about what it’s like to hit Rock Bottom; my mentors shared and exposed me to things however I really wish they had shared those details of their poor choices in the workplace.

For example, in the book I share that I didn’t find out until after I prematurely resigned from my job
that one of my mentors resigned from the same supervisor for the exact same reason as I did a few
years before me.

How did finding yourself at “Rock Bottom” propel you to success? In what ways did it make you dig deeper to see yourself and the world around you?

Wow! My rock bottom experience was the pivotal point of my life which carried over to my career. I
believed that God has so much for me that it was imperative that he prune all the things that were
not of him. This is the reason the pearls of wisdom have been incorporated into the book. A pearl is
made from the journey of being molded by an irritant and water that assist with smoothing it to a
gorgeous and elegant pearl.

If you could go back and change anything about your personal journey, what would it be?

Absolutely Nothing! Every iota of my Rock Bottom experience prepared me for my today.

How has having mentors helped you gain clarity about your career direction and overall
purpose in life?

Mentors have brought clarity by allowing me to share ideas off. I also allow them to challenge me
with the goal of identifying the next steps of my career.

How has mentoring others helped you to better understand yourself and women entering the workplace?

It’s helped me to keep learning. Mentees bring out the best in me and help me to see how much I
have matured as a businesswoman.

What is the most beneficial career advice you’ve ever received?

Never forget to assist others as others have assisted you in your professional development.

How do you balance career, family and service?

By taking care of me first; my order is God, me, and then my family. Live life and don’t let it live you.
Girlfriend time and me time is a must!

From a manager’s perspective, how can women in entry level positions gain the attention of decision makers when seeking advancement in the workplace?

By staying engaged company projects, volunteer to do various projects and trainings. Do the things
that others do not want to do. Always be willing to sharpen the saw and one day you will be the
most knowledgeable, visible, and noticed person in the workplace.

With harassment prevalent in the work environment, what advice can you offer women who
find themselves on the receiving end of a rude or insensitive coworkers attacks?

A person should stay focused on the bigger picture of why they are at the organization. Oftentimes,
rude coworkers are merely distractions. Find a safe place of coworkers, women or men, to connect
with. It’s always alright to address the rudeness by expressing how you feel. It’s not what you say but
your delivery. As it relates to harassment, always see your HR department and put it in writing to
carbon copy your HR file.

Moving forward, what’s next for you?

I have a workbook that assist those who desire to further their professional development. Also,
exploring future possibilities of having an on-line course on workbook topics.

Friday, August 9, 2019

#VIRTUALBOOKTOUR @wllbooktours #NewBookAlert #Womanish #AngeliaVernonMenchan #JustLove #HonMagPR


Womanish, the Ish Women Survive...

Womanish: An Anthology is a no holds barred look at the things women endure and survive. This collection is an honest and revealing look at the ‘ish’ Black Women come through... marriage, family, abuse, sexual trauma and LOVE, ultimately. There are seven disparate voices, sharing and revealing to heal, themselves and others.

Angelia Vernon Menchan, Jevia’l Allen, Laduann, Nadine Singleton, Shawn’e Jackson, Shawntey Alfreda and Tiffany Towns.




On Being Married

Angelia Vernon Menchan

For years I have been asked to write about marriage. I guess in large part because I have been married more forty years and I love my husband and my marriage. I am also prone to sharing snippets on social media about marriage.

However, I did not become truly convinced I had anything to say  until I sat in a room with several women who bared their hearts to me and listened as I shared mine and that made me realize my marriage was part of my ministry…

Before we jumped the broom, I knew we often get what we allow. I made it clear at the gate that no one was disrespecting or beating me. There were myriad other things we discussed like infidelity, talking about our business with others, especially family members and even borrowing money. I felt borrowing money from people, especially parents gave them too much leverage in your business. Unless it was life or death, no borrowing. We had to own ourselves and if we were grown enough to marry we were grown enough to BE married. It has served us well. 


Angelia Vernon Menchan... Woman. Author. Publisher. Mentor.



Monday, August 5, 2019

#VIRTUALBOOKTOUR #HersToCall #DriaAndersen #HonMagPR #NewBookAlert @wnlbooktoors


A baker wary of relationships and the cowboy who's just tempting enough to change her mind...

Simon Jacobs, alpha of Clarke County spent his days on his ranch tending to his animals walking on four legs and keeping the ones on two legs out of trouble and off the government’s radar. One glance at Calita and he knew she was his, convincing her would be the hard part.

Calita Wright moved to Bear Ridge Georgia to escape an abusive relationship. She hoped the shifter run town would give her space and time to heal. The one thing she was not looking for was a relationship, but one glance from Simon had her reconsidering.

Simon’s offer to her was more than tempting, sex with no strings, granting her complete control. As Simon works to convince Calita that she belongs to him, there is someone working twice as hard to drive her out of his arms and out of town.




Simon Jacobs now believed in destiny. It was as much a part of him as his heritage, a gift no doubt from his mother. His father would’ve brushed the sentiment aside, telling him his bear would lead him in all things. In this case, either of them could’ve been in the right. His bear had chosen its mate, and whether or not fate had put her in his path was irrelevant at this point. Five years ago, hell, maybe even a year ago he’d have dismissed any talk of destiny. He’d wanted to believe he had control in all things, but it had taken a simple glance at Calita Wright, and just a small hint of her scent for his bear to rip that delusion from him.

He sighed, his body buzzing from just the memory of that day. He’d come to Selena’s diner on a whim, searching for something sweet. He had spotted a woman as she talked with his cousin’s wife Selena, their heads bent together at the counter. His bear had rumbled, tightening his body with power until half the patrons had turned to him, their gazes curious. Calita’s soft voice had reached his exceptional hearing and yearning clouded his mind. Only the iron control he asserted over his bear had kept the creature from bursting from his skin and rushing to her side. For her safety and his sanity, he’d left the diner that day. 

But, he had come back. 


And prayed fervently, sending thanks to the gods his mother and her people had worshipped.  He and his bear, waited. Waited and plotted on the best way to secure their mate. Bears were nothing if not patient, and as the alpha, he had more patience than most. His bear had grown impatient with his pace, though, but Simon wouldn’t be rushed. Not when he saw flashes of fear in Calita’s gaze when she thought no one watched her.

Watching her skitter away from people, Simon had worried at first that she had an issue with shifters. But, he’d come to find out that Calita shied away more from the humans. Especially the males.  Her nervous glances, the little flicker of her tongue as she moistened her lips, he catalogued it all. Calita was a little skittish, no doubt about it. But eventually, he would have her, he held no doubts about that either.

Last night he’d decided that his bear was right, it was time to make a move on her. It was one of the reasons he’d picked the comfortable booth he currently occupied, instead of the one nearer to the back of the diner in which he normally sat. He sipped his coffee and flipped through the Sunday paper, his hooded gaze watching the human wife of one of his bears.

“Mornin’, Alpha.”

“Good morning, Selena.” 

“You gonna say something to her today?” Selena settled a hand on her generous hips and gave him a sly look. 

“You keeping a calendar I don’t know about?” He folded the newspaper and laid it on the table. 

She smiled. “You been in here for dinner two weeks straight, hiding in that back booth, watching my girl.” She wiggled her eyebrows. 

He stifled his smile. Nosy bears. Calita was the first human to catch his eye, so he understood their fascination. Mating with humans was no strange thing, yet as alpha, it had always been believed he’d mate with a shifter. He’d grown up in a time where humans in Bear Ridge were rare, and it was rarer still for them to interact with each other. He’d never once considered a human for his mate. But, his bear had chosen, and that was that, so he gave it no second thought. He knew his clan would be the same, so he allowed them their fun.

Now that a new treaty with the humans was in place and the immediate threat of government interference in their town gone, his bears deserved it.

Behind Selena’s light banter, concern for her friend lurked in her dark brown eyes. Her gaze roved his face, searching for something. “Calita’s not like…”

He inclined his head. “She’s your friend. I understand, Selena.”

“I mean no disrespect, Alpha.” She paused, her gaze lowering.

“She’s been hurt.” It wasn’t a question. Calita had a natural wariness that told more than words could. 

He’d figured out some months back that his mate had been through something. It was the only reason he’d been able to leash his bear for so long. Impatient though they were, the two of them were in agreement that hurting Calita was out of the question.

Selena sighed. “Some, but that’s for her to tell.”

“When have you known me to mistreat a woman?” 

She let out a hard breath. “You’re right.”

“I’m always right.” It was an automatic answer, his bear prickling at the thought of someone thinking Simon wouldn’t take care of their mate.

She lifted her hands and barked out a laugh. “Fine, I’ll leave it be. Besides, another week of you tiptoeing will earn me a hundred dollars.”

He had to laugh at that. “The sheriff know you up in here gambling?”

“You let me take care of the sheriff.” She winked, a twinkle in her eye at the mention of her mate. Her face straightened, and her gaze drifted to the door. “Speaking of Calita.”

Selena hadn’t needed to tell him. His bear rose and Simon closed his eyes as her scent reached him. The warm fragrance of cream and honey hit his senses, and hunger assailed him.  The familiar sound of her footfalls reached him next, and both he and his bear went on alert. It was rare to see her in the diner before lunch, but there she was. Her long legs, and thick thighs encased in a pair of fitted jeans that did wonders for her ass. The simple, no nonsense V-necked blouse clung to her, outlining her full breasts. He was entranced, his gaze following her as if by compulsion. His body buzzed, and his head spun with need gripping him. 

Not now, she’ll be ours soon. He placated his bear, pushing down on his power.

Simon’s gaze traced her face, seeing the signs of a sleepless night in the dark circles marring the brown skin under her eyes. His jaw clenched and his grip tightened on his coffee cup. He wanted to walk up to her, demand she rest and let him take care of her. Instead, he could only follow her march towards the kitchen with his eyes. Her long black hair was tied at the nape of her neck, twisted into one of those nonchalant buns she liked. He’d only caught one glimpse of her hair down, and the image was burned into his brain. Her cocoa skin was smooth and unadorned. No make-up, no jewelry, nothing to detract from her natural beauty.  

Her heart shaped face was serious as her eyes occasionally looked up and darted across the diner. She had a wary way about her. That look a deer got in its eyes when it knew the hunter was close. That momentary flare of panic that widened the eyes and kept the body on alert. He wondered, not for the first time, what his mate was running from. He’d given her time to settle in, but from the rumble leaving his throat, his bear was done with waiting. Selena chuckled and touched his shoulder as she left him.

Simon thought on it as he sipped his coffee. His mind wondered back to why she’d come in so early. He didn’t usually see her. Not that he came to breakfast every morning, he had work on the ranch that kept him busy most days. There were some days, though, when he had a hankering for the pastries Calita made…that and he craved the sight of her. He came often enough that it had raised the town’s interest, even though he wasn’t the only one drawn into the diner by the pastries and desserts Calita made. Bears who almost never left their dens and bears from miles away had started making the trek to Selena’s diner.

But, he would admit…

He’d given himself away from his first glance of Calita. 

And now everyone in town was betting on when he’d make his move. He shook his head and waved down a waitress to order a dozen more of the croissants with lemon jelly to go. He’d hide them in his office and hope his second in command didn’t sniff them out before the day was done.  

The small diner was starting to get crowded as the patrons of the small hotel next door trickled in. Most of those patrons would be headed out to his ranch once breakfast was done. Watson Ranch was a big tourist draw for their town and he was extremely proud of that. It was a reminder that he had work he needed to be doing. But taking his mind off his mate was harder with each passing day. Calita was a mystery he was intent on solving. He thought it best to wait until the shadows left her eyes, but a year in their small town and she still seemed tense and uneasy. Obviously waiting would get him nowhere with this particular problem, so he needed to take action. 

Besides, if he didn’t say something in the next couple of days his Beta threatened to do him bodily harm. Gavin wanted to win the money from the pool. Simon shook his head. He liked seeing his bears happy. Even if it was at his expense.


The kitchen was busy, the loud noise music to Calita’s ears. The staff was small, but efficient, good-natured insults were tossed back and forth in easy camaraderie. The diner where she now worked was small and a far cry from the fancy restaurant in Chicago where she’d been executive chef, and she got far more enjoyment from it because of that. Selena had hired her to take over the kitchen, but she’d felt more comfortable assisting her friend, getting a feel for the place. She didn’t want to…no couldn’t, deal with the extra responsibility when she’d first arrived. But recently, even though she kept the schedule of a line cook, Selena had moved all responsibility over to her. Calita’s lips quirked up into a smile. They were both obstinate, she would continue pretending to be a regular kitchen employee, and Selena would steadily defer decisions to her until she caved.

 The breakfast crowd was coming in steady streams, and Calita was happy she’d come down earlier. She should’ve been upstairs trying to get more sleep before her shift, but she’d found that working helped keep the demons away. Remnants of her nightmare flitted across her mind. Her hand lifted, pressing against her shirt, just under her bra, her habit of rubbing the spot, reflexive. She needed to feel the scars that were proof of nightmares made real, it was compulsion.

The kitchen door swung inwards and her best friend since middle school sauntered in, a mischievous smile covering her face. Calita jerked her hand from her chest and changed her gloves, going back to work on her dough.

Cali shook her head. “I don’t trust that look in your eyes, Lena.”

“What look?” Her friend leaned against the stainless-steel table Cali worked at.

She waved her spoon at her closest friend. “That look, the smug one you’re wearing.”

Selena waggled her neatly arched eyebrows. “Someone has an admirer.” She fluttered her lashes, her voice rising an octave.

Cali shook her head. It was a good idea for her to leave men alone for a while. But, that would explain the feeling of eyes on her she’d felt when she was walking through the diner a moment ago. 

“What’s new? Ms. Thang keeps them panting after her.” One of the waitresses waited at the window for her order.

“It’s not me, personally. I’m sure it’s because I’m new here.” Cali set down her spoon and dumped her dough onto the pastry mat, avoiding Selena’s eyes.

“Yeah, okay.” The waitress grabbed her tray and closed the pickup window with a laugh. 

Calita chanced a look at her friend and noticed she still wore her smile. “You’re up to something.” 

Selena shrugged, but arched her eyebrows. The smile on her face dropped when she got a good look at Calita’s face. “What’s happened?”

“Nightmare.” She raised her hands as Selena gasped. “I’m handling it.”

“If you need to talk.”

“Really, Lena, I’m fine, I just need…” she shook her head. “You’ve given me what I needed.” She whispered. “A fresh start, a place where I finally feel safe. Give it time.”

 She looked around, not wanting the others to hear the strain in her voice. Selena touched her shoulder and nodded. Calita kept herself from flinching from the touch. With the nightmare fresh on her mind, she was anxious, agitated. But she noticed since she’d come to Bear Ridge that people did that a lot.


She’d finally trained herself not to flinch. 

Yay her.

 She puffed out a breath and pushed down the need to escape her friend’s probing stare.  

Selena cleared her throat. “Is that why you’re down so early?”


“You’ve gotten, what, three hours of sleep, tops.” Selena brushed a hand over her hair. 

“I’ll be fine. I’ll go upstairs and take a nap before I start the desserts for dinner. Besides, you’re lucky I came down. The pastries for breakfast are low anyway.”

“Well, you know bears.”

Calita nodded. Another thing she was learning since being here, the appetite of bears. Wasn’t life funny? Shifters had come out to the public decades ago, and she didn’t think she’d met a single one until she’d come to Georgia.

“Don’t you want to know who it is?” Selena asked, changing the subject. 

Calita sighed, wishing her friend had changed it to something else. “I do not.”

 Though, she was a little curious. The men around this town were hunky to say the least. She didn’t know how she felt about dating a shifter. She’d arrived at the town wary, thinking they would be dangerous animals, but the human she was running from had scared her way more than that possibility. From day one though, the gentle bears had made her feel safer than she had in a long time. Even through their curiosity, they’d given her space. They passed along compliments on her cooking, or gossip about town and its people, all the while never intruding into her personal space. It had made her feel welcome.

Selena leaned over the counter and opened the pickup window, jarring Cali from her thoughts. Her best friend pointed to a man sitting alone at the booth directly across from them.  Calita’s nape tingled, her body tightened and her breath stalled. Her eyes collided with a set of onyx ones. Heat flooded her cheeks, her stomach did a lazy flip and her body awakened. Who was he? She blinked to break contact. A mocking smile tilted his full lips and he raised his glass of juice in a toast. How had she missed a man that fine?

My God. 

He couldn’t be real. His Native American heritage was stamped on his face. High cheekbones, hollowed cheeks and a squared jaw gave him a rugged look that pulled at her feminine core. Curly hair flowed to his shoulder in wild disarray, along with rich dark skin that told her he was Black as well. Thick eyebrows lowered over those dark eyes as his heated gaze roved her face. Feminine awareness and a healthy dose of self-preservation had her moving out of view of the window. All that restrained power crackling around him, Lord…just a look at him had Calita’s hormones bouncing around her body. Her hands shook as she went back to kneading.

Who was he? 

Not her business. She couldn’t afford the promise of heat in his eyes. 

Selena laughed outright. “So, you want to know his name?”


She shook her head no, still unable to speak. She was shaken, but not in a bad way. 

“Simon’s a great guy,” Selena sang.

Feminine sighs met that statement. Cali narrowed her eyes at the staff. The town’s alpha. She’d heard a fair amount of stories about him and they did nothing to prepare her for the dominance that radiated from the man.  


That was a better word for it. She turned to the sink and washed her hands to give herself a moment. 

“That man is a God,” someone said.

“You ain’t never lied.” This from one of the prep chefs.

“Thank you for disrupting the kitchen,” Cali accused.

Selena shrugged her rounded shoulders. “If you don’t want him, I can think of at least a dozen women who’ll take him off your hands.”

Bawdy laughter had her rolling her eyes. “Whatever. You can leave now.” She turned back to the table. 

“Make him work for it, Cali.” Another waitress said floating past her, tying on an apron.

Cali swept everyone in the kitchen with a stern gaze. Chuckles met her look. “Disrespectful, the whole lot of you,” she teased. “Back to work. I’m not talking about this.” 

She shook her head and promptly ignored them. She couldn’t shake those dark eyes though. Upturned at the ends, mysterious, and heated, his gaze would haunt her. Selena left the kitchen laughing. Calita puffed out a breath, her hands shaking until finally, the others lapsed into busy silence. 

Simon…yeah, she wasn’t ready for that.


I am a full time photographer, and a mom of two. I've been writing my whole life, and after the birth of my first kid, I decided I couldn't very well bring up a fearless human without first trying the things that scared me. So, I wrote my first book, and then subsequently more.

I write stories that I've always wanted to read: love stories that feature brown girls like me. I love the thought of fantastical creatures and worlds where anything is possible and that's what I bring in my stories.



Thursday, August 1, 2019

#VIRTUALBOOKTOUR #ABabyBetweenFriends #SweetBriarSweethearts #KathyDouglass #HonMagPR @wnlbooktour


Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition
Series: Sweet Briar Sweethearts, Book 6
Publication Date: July 16, 2019 (print); August 1, 2019 (e-book)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: Sweet

They pretended to be lovers.

But there's nothing make-believe about the baby on the way.

When Joni Danielson recruits her best friend, Sweet Briar mayor Lex Devlin, to be her fake boyfriend for a wedding, it's a no-brainer. But their staged kisses lead to real passion - and heartbreak when Lex pulls away. Now Joni's in a bigger bind: she's pregnant. Can she and Lex once again fake it 'til they make it - to a real relationship?




Kathy Douglass is giving away a copy of A Baby Between Friends to a lucky winner!
(Entrants in one of the one of the 48 contiguous states are eligible for a signed, print copy or digital copy. Entrants outside of the 48 contiguous states are eligible for a digital copy.)


Also available from Kathy Douglass:

How To Steal the Lawman’s Heart*
The Waitress’s Secret*
The Rancher and the City Girl*
Winning Charlotte Back*
The Rancher’s Return*
The City Girl’s Homecoming**
A Baby Between Friends* 

*Sweet Briar Sweethearts
**Furever Yours


Kathy is a born reader who as a child always had her nose in a book. She went from reading Bobbsey Twins to romance novels. One day she stumbled upon The Shining by Stephen King and was hooked on horror. When she caught herself checking under the bed and looking in the closet for monsters, she knew it was time to put down the horror and return to romance novels.

Her return was short-lived. She started law school and soon her reading was limited to legal opinions. Then she discovered Harlequin romances. They were short enough to read in a week and she wouldn't have to search her room before she went to sleep.

When her first child was born, she became a stay at home mom. Her second child soon followed, and reading was limited to children's books.

All too soon her kids were attending pre-school. Kathy spent those hours renewing her relationship with romance novels. Soon she felt the urge to write the stories she wanted to read. In 2016, Kathy sold to Harlequin. Her first book, How to Steal the Lawman's Heart, was released in February, 2017. Since then, she has released several more books with Harlequin.



Monday, July 29, 2019

#VIRTUALBOOKTOUR #EverythingsBetterWithKimberly #LucyEden #HonMagPR #NEWBOOKALERT


Keeping their relationship strictly professional for the sake of their jobs was the perfect excuse to stay away from each other. Too bad fate and undeniable chemistry have other plans…
What happens when fate or dumb luck keeps throwing two workaholics, who’ve sworn off love, together in one of the most beautiful places on the planet?

Kimberly Simmons is gorgeous, brilliant, and way out of my league. She’s definitely not the type to fall for a guy who walked away from his family's fortune to become an architect. Good thing, too, because she works for Wolfe Industries, making her completely off-limits. Nailing this pitch to Wolfe’s CEO is exactly what I need to make my bosses forget about the last time I mixed business with pleasure.

Too bad she has the most beautiful brown eyes and dazzling smile I’ve ever seen. Too bad I can’t stop staring.

Adam Price is a talented rising star architect at Will and Peking Designs. His newest design submission for The Wolfe Industries Caribbean Expansion is set to dazzle my CEO. If Adam's design wins, with my help, I could get promoted, which means his big strong arms and gorgeous lips are strictly forbidden. It’s a good thing, too, because he has a reputation for leaving a trail of broken hearts all over Manhattan and I’m pretty sure I couldn't survive a second heartbreak.

Too bad every word he says makes me smile. Too bad he gives me a sense of calm I haven't felt in a long time.

Keeping their relationship strictly professional for the sake of their jobs was the perfect excuse to stay away from each other. Too bad fate and undeniable chemistry have other plans…

This standalone, workplace/forced proximity romance features characters from the previous novellas Everything’s Better With You and Cherishing the Goddess, is full of alphas and steam, and has NO cheating.



“Too hot?” he asked. I shook my head and he slowly lowered me into the water. “I’ll grab your tea. Anything else?” 
I shook my head again and leaned back sinking into the water up to my shoulders. I piled my hair on top of my head and fastened it with a tie. When he came back into the bathroom with my tea he was wearing a smile and nothing else. He slid behind me in the giant tub and I leaned back into his chest.
“Feel better?” He kissed my neck.
“Yeah, actually. Why is that?” 
Adam chuckled and pointed to a bag of Epsom salts on the side of the tub. “I use it after long runs and workouts.” 
“You didn’t use it earlier.”
“I was distracted by the worst burglar ever.” 
I turned to face him, splashing water over the side of the tub in the process. “Burglars steal things.” I wrapped my arms around his neck.
“What makes you think you didn’t steal something?” He bit his lip and grinned at me. 
“You’re lucky you’re so handsome because that was a terrible line.” I kissed him slowly and deeply, drawing his bottom lip between mine and sucking gently.
“Princess, if you’re looking for a break from sex, this is not how you get it,”

Character Interview

QPlease tell the readers who are the main characters?

 The main characters in Everything's Better With Kimberly are Kimberly Simmons, an intelligent, career driven, 24 year old, junior project manager looking advance in her company & Adam Price, a talented and equally driven, 29 year old, architect looking to use his talent to outrun the shadow of his powerful family and past misdeeds.

QWhat or is there conflict in the story?

Externally Adam & Kimberly struggle to maintain a professional distance because it may affect their ability to do (or possibly keep) their jobs.
Internally, Adam and Kimberly have issues from their past that prevent them from fully opening themselves to the possibility of real love. 

QWhich characters in “are you most like?
I would say I'm the most like Kimberly. I relate very much to her anxiety disorder. Though, I do wish I was as organized as she was. I am not. 

Q. Take us inside “your book” What are two major events 
taking place?

One major event takes place in the first chapter. Kimberly has an anxiety attack on a business flight and is coached through it by a  handsome stranger that she discovers is the architect with whom she was assigned to work.
Another major event is when in the aftermath of a tropical storm, Kimberly and Adam bond while volunteering at storm shelter.

QAre your characters from the portrayal of real people?

Kimberly and Adam are completely fabricated but the characters of Kimberly's mother and aunt are a composite of my mother and her two best friends.

Q. Describe each character in three words? 

 Adam - nurturer, joker, lover
Kimberly - patience, inspiration, strength
Cole Simmons - Wise, Understanding, Troubled
Dr. Beverly Simmons - Wise, Generous, Loving
Aunt Patrice - Down to Earth
Vittoria Widnicki - Powerful, Ambitious, Smart 

Q. If your book became a movie who would play the characters? 
Kimberly - Zoe Saldana
Adam - Chris Evans 
Dr. Beverly Simmons - Angela Bassett
Judge Reginald Simmons - Courtney B. Vance
Aunt Patrice - Jennifer Lewis
Cole Simmons - Liam Hemsworth

Q.  Your lead characters have “baggage” that keeps them from wanting to pursue a new relationship. Do you think sometimes we let our past get in the way of what God has planned for our futures?

Absolutely, Kimberly one experience with a relationship completely shaped the way she viewed potential relationships which is why Adam had to work extra hard to convince her otherwise.
Adam's fear of opening his heart and abandonment led him to avoid all relationships until he realized Kimberly was worth the risk.
Experience is the best teachers, but even teachers can be mistaken from time to time. 

Q. How do you see yourself in your character’s story, if at all?

Yes, I relate to Kimberly anxiety and need for order. I also relate to
 Adam's fear of being vulnerable. 







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Lucy Eden is the nom de plume of a romance obsessed author who writes the kind of romance she loves to read. She’s a sucker for alphas with a soft gooey center, over the top romantic gestures, strong & smart MCs, humor, love at first sight (or pretty damn close), happily ever afters & of course, dirty & steamy love scenes.
When Lucy isn’t writing, she’s busy reading—or listening to—every book she can get her hands on— romance or otherwise.
She lives & loves in New York with her husband, two children, a turtle & a Yorkshire Terrier.



Friday, July 12, 2019


Welcome To Behind The Scenes

Today's Featured Author is

Danyelle Scroggins  

About The Author

Danyelle is the Senior Pastor of New Vessels Ministries North in Shreveport, Louisiana. She is a dynamic author of both Christian fiction and non-fiction books. She studied Theology at Louisiana Baptist University, has a Psychology Degree from the University of Phoenix, an Interdisciplinary Degree in Psychology /Biblical Studies, and a Masters in Religious Education from Liberty University. She owns Divinely Sown Publishing LLC. 

About The Book

Dwight loves all things female, but he’s not settling down until he finds someone who fits the category of extraordinary. 
She has to be all the things he’s seen in his mother and more, but until then, he has his mind set to keep doing what his Uncle Butter suggested; give the rats some cheese.
The only woman he might have settled with, Jamecia, is now wearing white boy Jacob on her arm. Little does Dwight know, he’s about to come face to face with the next best thing to Jamecia, her sister Jayla.

Jayla has had her share of dudes, but this time, she’s made a promise to her sister and to God to stop searching for the right guy. After a few failed relationship, she almost believes that love is not in the plan for her.
That doesn’t stop her from being all in with making sure her cousin Nathan’s bridesmaids have the best wedding shoes her hands can make.
What Jayla doesn’t know is the guy she’s instructed to escort to the groom’s dressing room, could very well be the guy who is going to change her life completely.

There is something special about weddings that spark excitement about love. Will these two get a chance to find in each other what they have been looking for? Or, will the moment pass them by?

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Sunday, July 7, 2019


Write Now Literary is pleased to be organizing a two-week book tour for Of Bubbles, Buddha and Butterflies by Dr. Tanya Beaubrun. The book tour will run July 8-19, 2019. Book a tour here.
Genre: Non-Fiction

ISBN-10: 1483497313
ISBN-13: 978-1483497310        

As the creator of the Body Joy Process, Dr. Tanya Beaubrun empowers people with her simple, yet powerful message: Take exquisite care of yourself, respect the choices you make, and tune into healing from the inside out. Tanya’s passionate about bringing the heart and soul back into the practice of Medicine.
A Family Physician specializing in Functional and Integrative Medicine, as well as a certified Wellness & Lifestyle Empowerment Coach, Motivational Speaker and Author, she has dedicated her career to helping people feel their best in their bodies so they can live happy and healthy lives and rediscover their Body Joy.
A graduate of the University of the West Indies, she has spent most of her career in Private Practice, and advocates a holistic approach to well-being, incorporating mind, body, spirit practices so people can connect more deeply to themselves and their truth.
She holds a Degree in Alternative Medicine and is Board Certified in Functional, Anti-Aging, and Regenerative Medicine. She is a certified Reiki Master and has obtained an Integrative Health Coaching Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), as well as a certification under Gabrielle Bernstein’s Levels 1 and 2 Spirit Junkie Master Class.
Tanya has been featured in The Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Lissa Rankin’s Owning Pink website, as well as several popular podcasts, including EOFire with John Lee Dumas. As an author, she’s contributed to the Amazon bestselling books, 365 Moments of Grace and 365 Life Shifts.  With her unique blend of Western medicine, Lifestyle coaching, and Integrative health, she’s distinguished herself as a Women’s Wellness Warrior; with a dream of starting a movement geared towards empowering women to lead full, vibrant and authentic lives.
Despite all this, she feels her most important role has been as a wife and mother of 3. 

              ABOUT THE BOOK

Author Tanya Destang-Beaubrun has always known that her calling was to heal, nurture, and care for her fellow human beings; it has always been a deep, unwavering conviction at her core. And so she became a family physician who put patients first, treating their bodies, minds, and spirits. In Of Bubbles, Buddha, and Butterflies, Dr. Destang-Beaubrun chronicles the changes that have occurred in her life since she decided to follow her heart and pursue her dreams. She presents a series of essays and narratives written during the four-year period after she left her thriving Western medical practice and immersed herself in the study of integrative and functional medicine. Destang-Beaubrun recalls her breakdowns, breakthroughs, fears, and faith as she navigated her way to a new way of living, learning, and loving. This collection of personal essays on bravery, trust, and faith shares one woman’s insights and life lessons as she shifted from traditional medical practice to something more. 


As I sat and took in the breathtaking scenery of the October Fall foliage, my heart was filled with gratitude. Attending this retreat was the fulfillment of a long held dream. 
I knew that at some point we would all have to tell our life story. And I was ready to tell mine. The story that, after twenty years of practicing Family Medicine, I'd realized that I was not happy with how healthcare was being delivered and felt the burning desire to offer my patients something more to optimize their wellness by integrating health of body, mind and spirit. 
As a Family Physician, I already took care of their bodies. 
As a newly certified Health Coach I thought I would take care of their minds. 
At this retreat, I would be taught how care for the Spirit. 
Over the years, I'd listened to many a life story, held many hands and wiped away so many tears. 
That night, as I sat in the midst of our group healing circle, and the meditative music began, my tears flowed freely. I cried for all the patients I'd been unable to save. Had I failed as a doctor? 
I cried for all the times I had missed being present for my family. Had I failed as a wife and mother? 

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

The title has been sitting around in my head for a few years. I love butterflies and always go in search of Buddha statues. One day, whilst on a family vacation, I dragged my kids into another store “just to look” at the Buddha statues on display. In a fit of frustration, my older son turned to me and send … “Look at you. You’re all about Buddha and Butterflies”
My nickname is Bubbles, so I turned to him with a smile and said “Yes. I’m all about Bubbles, Buddha and Butterflies “and then promptly decided that would make an excellent title for a book.
So once I decided to compile my essays and new pieces, I knew that it would have to be under that title. 
 What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading your book?
I hope that my readers will see themselves in my stories.
I’ve told them as authentically as possible in the hope that something they read will encourage them to go after their dreams, as well as realizing that we’re all not perfect but it is up to us to take ownership of our lives. We all have the power to change our lives and to change our minds too.
What inspired you to write this book?
These stories were written at a time in my life when I’d decided to leave the comfort of my home in St. Lucia, and move to the USA to return to school. It was a difficult time, but deep down I knew it was something I had to do.
One of the ways I would process what was happening was to write out my feelings. Oftentimes, these essays would simply pour fourth and I’d find myself writing them on whatever I had on hand so as to not miss the moment. I always tried to keep pen and notepads nearby.
What’s next for you?
Believe it or not, I began writing another book a few years ago. But it seemed that this one wanted to be birthed before. I think I’ll allow myself some down time and enjoy this first book baby, but the half-written one will call me soon I’m sure.
So for the next few months, I’ll enjoy this time with this new “baby”, watching her grow and develop.
Excluding your own, name 3 books you would recommend to your friends:
 Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
The Universe Has Your Back – Gabby Bernstein
The Gifts of Imperfection – Brene Brown
These have all inspired me in some ways, to go after my dreams, to become less fearful , to lean on my faith and intuition, as well as recognize there is a Higher Power guiding our lives.

Among all the books that you have read, which of these have significantly contributed to your writing style?

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic – in which she states that our creations will come forth no matter what and it is up to us to be open to birthing them. Otherwise they may choose someone else to be birthed from.
I know that this book had been incubating for a while, and at exactly the right time, it came forth.

 3 things you never leave home without?
 Hand sanitizer - what can I say? I’m a Virgo…
Essential oils – peppermint to revitalize me, or if I’ve eaten badly will soothe my tummy.
A snack – some nuts or fruit. As a Physician my day can easily get out of control. Once I have these on hand, I can take a moment to easily replenish my energy 



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