Monday, February 29, 2016

Book Blast - Mind Matters: Get Out Of Your Head, and Jump Into Life


Mind Matters: Get Out Of Your Head, and Jump Into Life

by Tanya J. Miller

About the book

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Do you ever get lost in the maze of your mind? When your thoughts start spiraling in a continuous loop—positive or negative—it can seem impossible to consider a different idea or even catch your breath. If the way you think greatly influences the way you live, then it’s important to know how to manage your thoughts and channel their power to improve your life, rather than hinder it. Mind Matters explores practical ways you can bring balance to your thought life, from replacing anxious thoughts with hopeful ones to curbing unnecessary thinking altogether. It also points out traps that keep you stuck, like “clearing your mind” by airing your thoughts to anyone that will listen via Facebook or the occasional tantrum and outburst. As you learn the art of controlling your thoughts, you will be able to focus on what you can do in the present to experience the life you want in the future. Whether you struggle with anxious thoughts or just need a few tips to better manage your mind, this easy-to-read guide provides you with simple instructions you can immediately put into practice.

About the Author

Tanya J. Miller is a certified life coach with over eighteen years’ experience working with youth, young adults, and women throughout the community and in ministry to pursue purpose, passion and destiny. Tanya holds a BBA in finance and business management from Northwood University and an MBA from Regent University and is also certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Scrum Master. Her lifelong passion for writing eventually led her to start the blog Talking with Tanya in 2005. Mind Matters is her debut book. Tanya is married and currently lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day from Mona and Corey - #BeenSoLong4

In honor of Valentine's day, I'm giving you all an unedited sneak peek at Been So Long 4 (Coming later this year). Enjoy!!!

I had just finished taming my baby girl's hair and was following her and my mother-in-law out of the room when Corey met me in the hall and pushed me back inside, closing and locking the door behind us. He backed me against the door and kissed me deeply. When he finally came up for air, he said, "You all right?"

"Yeah, what was that for? Why are we locked up in here?"

He gave me a lopsided grin as he untied and pulled down his gym shorts. "There was something I forgot to do last night."

I raised my eyebrows. "Oh, well uh, where we gon' do it? The princess canopy bed or the air mattress your parents have been sleeping on?"

He lifted me from the floor and I wrapped my legs around his waist." You should know by now that I don't need a bed to get the job done."

I closed my eyes and grinned. "Well, shoot. I'm down with--ohhhhhhh…"

Then I forgot just about every word in my vocabulary.

Friday, February 12, 2016

#TheExChronicles is Now Available for Pre-order!!!

I am excited to be a part of Brown Girls Books' new anthology, The Ex Chronicles!! Check out the cover and blurb below!!

Love is a powerful drug…whether it’s the love of family, friends, or that special someone who takes your breath away…chances are, you know the feeling. But what happens when it all goes wrong? Do you break up, then make up? Or do you just walk away?

In The Ex Chronicles, twenty talented writers share stories about relationships that falter…among spouses, lovers, family, and friends. From Penelope Christian’s story of a woman who goes to great lengths to save her “perfect” life… LaKesa Cox’s story of a woman finding the strength to finally let go after forty years of marriage……to Dwon Johnson’s heartbreaking tale of losing the one you love. . . to Yvette Danielle's unexpected twist on judging a man by his shoes. . .these stories will make you laugh, cry, and root for the exes in these chronicles.

Each riveting story reflects on broken bonds, bruised hearts, and open wounds - proving that all is fair in the battle of the exes.

CLICK HERE to pre-order your copy today!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

#Book Blitz - Bellisimo Fortuna

Contemporary Romance / Romantic Suspense
Date Published: July 2015

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Fierce, good-looking, loyal, son of a crime boss, Bronson Agosto is what every girl dreams of. Devoted to one girl and willing to do everything in his power to ensure her safety.

Beautiful, trusting, damaged, daughter of the underboss, Callie Locati has Bronson’s heart. She gave herself to him when they were kids and will sacrifice all she is to protect him.

Divided by the greed of one of the most trusted members of the familia, a father’s sins, and secrets kept, they struggle to overcome the obstacles life has thrown their way. Is their bond strong enough to conquer the forces trying to keep them apart? Is a father’s betrayal more than their love can survive? Will the family secrets ruin them or will their devotion stand the test of time?

*Not recommended for under the age of 18 due to strong language and sexual content*


Oftentimes when you lose someone close to you, the experience can be transformative. In grief, we find a side of ourselves that we didn’t know existed, a compassionate side, an empathetic side. Some people, however, are able to present a meticulously planned facade. Their grief isn’t real. Behind the mask, and the tears, and the sadness is a gluttonous, greedy, cold heart. These people are entitled, elitist, and you should be wary of them at all times.

Their intentions are malicious, calculated, and dangerous.

In the world I grew up in, people wore masks, but the truth was always wading beneath the surface. At their very core, they were always the same person, virtuous or vile, moral or malevolent, never a mix of both. Noble people can be dishonest, but corrupt people are only ever honest when it is for their own benefit. And that is the hardest lesson I have had to learn.

Mob, Mafia, Organized Crime, The Black Hand, or my favorite . . . The Syndicate. It’s said these racketeering groups have come a long way since the Prohibition Era, and I would agree. They are more cutthroat, devious, and treacherous with the end game. More control is acquired, more lives are ruined, and once your bridge with them is burned, it can never be rebuilt.

Sometimes they right a wrong with their own form of justice, and their way of payback prevails. But, sometimes greed and vengeance cloud their vision, and they are so off the mark, it’s just evil.


About the Author

Leigh Ann Lunsford is a stay at home mom turned author. She writes Romance/New Adult and loves her happily ever after in all books and movies. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs in Fleming Island, Florida. When she isn’t writing or reading you can find her stuck in front of really bad reality shows or watching Sons of Anarchy. Leigh Ann has a filthy mouth and a huge amount of sarcasm that knows no end. She hopes to give the voices in her head an outlet with many more novels to come.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

#SampleSunday - No Pain, No Gain Soundtrack and Book Trailer

No Pain, No Gain is coming 2/16/16, but in the meantime, please enjoy the book's soundtrack and trailer!!


“I Get Lonely” Janet Jackson featuring Blackstreet
“Something in the Past” Jesse Powell
“Here I Go Again” Glenn Jones
“How You Gonna Act Like That” Tyrese
“Think It Over” Angie Stone
“Begin Again” Angie Stone featuring Dave Hollister
“Family Affair” Sly & The Family Stone
“Lately” Jodeci
“Prior to You” Tyrese featuring Tank
“Love Under New Management” Miki Howard
“What Am I Gonna Do” Tyrese
“Real Life” The Weeknd
“Hey Daddy” Usher
“Reunion” Maxwell
“Another Round” Jaheim
“Smooth Criminal” Michael Jackson
“Bloodstream” Stateless
“Matrimony: Maybe You” Maxwell
“You” Jesse Powell
“...Til The Cops Come Knockin’“ Maxwell

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Friday, February 5, 2016

What I Write

For those of you who don't know me, I am Adrienne Thompson, writer and independent publisher of 22 books and counting. I published my first book in July of 2011. My 23rd book will be released 2.16.16. I have been a full time writer since November of 2012.

I write stories about women (and a few men), African American women, flawed women, hurt women, broken women. Women society may see as undesirable and unlovable. Women who might not meet the mainstream world's standard of beauty, but who are beautiful to the men who love them. Yes, the women in my books find love, sometimes in the strangest places.

And the men that love them are usually handsome, sexy, fine. Because every woman deserves a fine man, doesn't she? Of course she does!

My books involve conflict, tragedy, hope, love, a little suspense, and from time to time, a little fantasy. Oh, and a heaping helping of reality.

No one is perfect, especially when it comes to my heroines.

Toni Morrison said, “If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” And that's exactly what I've done, time and time again. It's what I will continue to do.

God is always a major player in my books, because He is a major player in my life, always has been.

But my books probably couldn't be considered Christian Fiction per se, because my characters have sex--not explicit sex, but sex nonetheless. And they lie and cheat. And they have been known to curse a bit here and there.

My characters make mistakes, big ones. They think crazy stuff, say stupid things. Some are downright unlikable. Some of them are just not good people, and I think that's what I like most about them, because it makes them real.


And real people can be redeemed. That's the beauty of what I choose to write.

Like Mona-Lisa from Been So Long, whose life involves a different take on being the side chick.

Or Bobbie Brooks from Bluesday, who fights an addiction  she didn't even realize had a hold on her all while trying to piece her life back together.

Or Olivia Moy from See Me, who endures the unthinkable to protect her child.

Or Ivan from Home--one of the few man-centered stories I've written--who becomes the thing he hates most despite himself.

Or Carla in Better, who runs away from the one thing she needs.

Or Alex in Ain't Nobody, who makes a crazy decision that has a snowball effect she can't run from.

They are real.
They make mistakes.
...But they pay for them.

My books don't really fall into a known genre (If they did, I'd probably sell more books), so I kind of just place them where they almost fit. I write Edgy Inspirational African American/Multicultural Women's Romantic Fiction.

Yep, that's what i write... most of the time.

And there are some people out there that like it.

And I'm grateful for that.