Wednesday, January 17, 2018

#WriterWednesday with Author Darliss Batchelor

Today, Author Darliss Batchelor is in the spotlight!! Check her out!!



AT: Where do you live? What’s your town’s claim to fame?
DB: I live in Waterford, Michigan but I’m originally from Flint, Michigan which is the well-known for its place in the American auto industry history.

AT: Cool! What genre do you write?
DB: I write in the Christian and Women’s Fiction genres. However, I plan to tackle a romance in the near future.

AT: I'm definitely familiar with those genres. Are you a published author or aspiring to be published? If published, how many books are out there with your name on them?
DB: I’m a self-published author of four books. Secrets, Hell is a Skyscraper: A Trio of Novelettes, Something Else to Want (short story), and The Make-Believe Wives.

AT: I'll be adding those to my TBR! What inspires you to write?
DB: I don’t know if I’m inspired as much as I’m compelled to write. I don’t want it to sound as if it’s a bad thing. I love it. I see stories in everything around me. I hear characters speaking to me in the shower, riding down the highway and in the middle of the night. I have to entertain the conversation just to maintain sanity.

AT: I can definitely identify with all of that. Name one book you wish you’d written.
DB: The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil by Victoria Christopher-Murray.

AT: I've had that one on my list forever. Got to get to it. What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
DB: I just finished reading No Regrets by Patricia Haley-Glass. I love her work.  Her series involving the Mitchell family is one of my favorites.

AT: She's new to me. Thanks for sharing! Who is your favorite author? Why? DB: That’s a trick question. There are way too many authors I enjoy reading and new ones are coming out every day. However, I love some of the greats such as Victoria Christopher-Murray, ReShonda Tate-Billingsley and Kimberla Lawson-Roby. I also enjoy Melinda Michelle, Eva J. Brock and Chicki Brown. I love them all for different reasons.

AT: Great list! Now for the fun questions! You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
DB: Fuschia Crush because it’s a warm deep vibrant color.

AT: Love it! What would your autobiography be called?
DB: It would be called The Struggle to Be Me. I have spent much of my adult struggling to express my true self. Fear of what people will say or think often prevents me from doing so.

AT: So many people know exactly how that feels. Very relatable! Do you believe in love at first sight?
DB: I don’t believe in love at first sight. I believe strong attraction can happen at first sight, though. I think you have to get to know a person in order to fall in love with them.

AT: All right. If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? (can't ask for more wishes)
DB: Wish 1: The two nonprofit programs I want to start, Momma’s House and Book Buddies, would be fully-funded, staffed and operational.
Wish 2: Retire my husband if he desired.
Wish 3: Insure my son and grandson are set financially.

AT: Wonderful and selfless wishes! Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why.
DB: I’m spring. Fresh, renewed and blooming with possibilities.

AT: Love that! Tea or coffee?
DB: Tea. I’ve never been a coffee drinker.

AT: Tell us about your most recent/current project.
DB: My newest release is “The Make-Believe Wives.”


Buy Links are:
Author Website Print: http://bit.ly/2syQE5p
Kindle: http://amzn.to/2uvChi2
Nook: http://bit.ly/2u1MUqP
     
Excerpt from “The Make-Believe Wives”:
Chapter 1

Janay slammed the glass into the bottom of the sink and watched it break into a million pieces. She chased it with two plates and a bowl that were within reach. No need to worry about washing those. Frightened by the noise, her baby girl screamed and she joined her. Unlike Naomi, Janay’s scream was from sheer frustration. She pulled herself together and went to gather her daughter from the adjoining family room. Naomi raised her arms as her mother approached and Janay picked her up. Once comforted, the toddler wiggled to get back to her playtime. Janay returned her to the center of the toys she had spread out over the family room floor and exhaled.

Her husband, Evan, had taken Nahla and Nia out for a daddy-daughter day. Naomi was too young for today’s activity. Janay returned to the kitchen and stared at the glass and ceramic gumbo in the sink. She picked up a few of the larger pieces of glass and sat them on the granite countertop, mentally adding resealing it to her already overloaded to-do list. She remembered literally vibrating with excitement when they bought this stone. Now, it brought tears.

Janay went to the bathroom to wash her face, hoping it would make her feel better. She pulled the plush fire engine red face towel from the bar and ran cold water over it. Looking in the mirror, she noticed the frustration etched in her face and the tent city that had formed below her eyes. These had become her constant companions. She patted the area with the cold towel and went back to the family room to check on Naomi. Her routine had gotten old.

***

Janay watched as Evan moved bowls and plates around in the cabinet, undoubtedly looking for something in particular. Next, he searched the dishwasher. “Hmph,” Evan said as he closed the door, looking at her with both hands on his waist, which usually meant he was stumped about something.

“Babe, do you know what happened to that blue bowl? I can’t find it.”

“Which one?” Janay asked trying to figure out the best way to tell him about his favorite cereal bowl’s fate.

“We only had one. It was deep blue.”

“It got broken. Accidentally. The other day,” she replied.

Evan stepped down into the room and sat next to his wife on the beige leather sofa. “Is everything okay?”

“Yes. Why?”

“A lot of dishes are getting broken lately. I wonder why.” He looked at her so intently it was clear he already knew the answer.

“You think so?” She tilted her head to the side.

“I keep finding broken dishes in the garbage. What’s going on?” Evan reached for her hand.

“I drop a dish or two from time to time. The ceramic floor is unforgiving.” She shrugged, “No big deal.”

“If it was more than that you would tell me, right?”

“Yes, you would be the first to know.”


AT: What's going on? I need more! How can readers connect with you?
DB: My website address is www.DarlissBatchelor.com.
My Facebook Author page is www.FaceBook.com/BooksByDarliss.
My Amazon Author Page is www.Amazon.com/Author/DarlissBatchelor

AT: Any final words?
DB: I’d like to thank you for this opportunity to share a little about me and “The Make-Believe Wives” here on Adrienne’s Avid Readers blog. I hope readers will take a look at my titles and find something that piques their interest. Blessings!

AT: Blessings to you, too!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

#WriterWednesday with Author MC Walker

Today's #WriterWednesday post is all about Author MC Walker!! 
Check her out!!





AT: Where do you live? What’s your town’s claim to fame ?
MCW: I live in Atlanta. My town’s claim to fame is the 1996 Summer Olympics, Home of Coca-Cola and the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

AT: I believe I've interviewed a few Atlantians. Cool! What genre do you write? MCW: Contemporary Women’s Fiction

AT: Same! Are you a published author or aspiring to be published? If published, how many books are out there with your name on them?
MCW: I’m a self-published author. I currently have one book on the market (At time of interview).

AT: Then you're official! What inspires you to write?
MCW: I’ve always been a very creative person. Writing just ignites the fire to my passion and allows me creative freedom.

AT: Love it! Name one book you wish you’d written. 
MCW: Their Eyes Were Watching God

AT: Oh, me too! That's one of my favs! What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
MCW: The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. I absolutely loved it!!

AT: I can't wait to read that one! Who is your favorite author? Why?
MCW: Eric Jerome Dickey. He just goes deeply inside the human experience that it's a different experience every time I read a book.

AT: He's definitely good at what he does! Now for the fun questions! You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
MCW: Honey molasses. It just describes my complexion and complex nature.

AT: What a delicious color! LOL. What would your autobiography be called? MCW: Sunshine and gray skies.

AT: Nice! Do you believe in love at first sight?
MCW: I do.

AT: Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why.
MCW: Fall. I love boot season!

AT: Yes! Nothing like a cute boot to set an outfit off! Tea or coffee?
MCW: Tea.

AT: Tell us about your most recent/current project.
MCW: My current project, The Perfect Match, focuses on believing in the magic of love after life's curve balls.   

Snippet: Nikita took a step forward to calm Harper’s nerve. It was too late. The tears were coming faster than she could wipe them away. Harper began to scream in agony and pain. She wanted answers. She rushed through the door to look for Paul. She banged on doors and turned knobs. Still there was no answer. Nikita picked up her sobbing friend from the floor. Once back inside the bridal suite, Harper locked herself inside the bathroom and refused to come out from embarrassment.
“Nikita, are you still out there?”
“I’m here. Do you want…I can…”
“Can you tell everyone…” Harper cried.
“I will. Just give me a few minutes.” Nikita replied slowly.

AT: I want more! How can readers connect with you? 
MCW: My website is www.mcwalkerwrites.com and my social media handle for all platform is @writermcwalker

AT: Any final words?
MCW: Reading is fundamental! Thanks in advance for reading The Perfect Match .

Monday, January 8, 2018

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

#WriterWednesday with #Romance Author Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku

The first #WriterWednesday interview for 2018 is with the lovely Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku. Let's get to know her!



AT: Where do you live? What’s your town’s claim to fame?
SEA: I live in London, United Kingdom. London is the most visited city in the world by international tourists. We have centuries old Monarchy and we have, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II as the reigning monarch. Her residence and administrative headquarters is located in Buckingham Palace, London. 
Also, London has the most international and the largest stock exchange in Europe. 

AT: Wow! What genre do you write?
SEA: Contemporary/Multicultural/Interracial Romance
African American Romance, Historical/Paranormal Romance

AT: Love me some romance! Are you a published author or aspiring to be published? If published, how many books are out there with your name on them?
SEA: I’m a published writer with 18 books printed with my name. I write about super sexy heroes and flirty & feisty heroines. My stories are a breath of fresh air, dotted with unexpected twists and are set in fascinating Africa, enticing Europe and enchanting America. An emotional spin with explosive chemistry between the characters you will fall in love with, is what you get when you read my books. Get ready to laugh, cry, and maybe even tear your hair out.

AT: Sounds so good! What inspires you to write?
SEA: Simply put, God inspires me to write. My head and heart ticks with characters that have heart and soul, life-size personalities, real emotion and conflicts. Their intense and twisting tales and dialogues keep me inspired to write. When I wake up, I reach for my phone, tablet or notepad to keep track of the storylines, plot twists and witty dialogue. 

AT: Love it! Name one book you wish you’d written.
SEA: My Journey. It is still cooking in my head. Someday, I will write it.

AT: I believe you will. What was the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
SEA: An Inconvenient Obsession by Natasha Tate. I loved it way too much. I laughed a lot, hurt a lot and loved the vivid description and intensity of the chemistry between the lead characters.

AT: I need to check that one out. Who is your favorite author? Why?
SEA: I realize I don’t really have favourite authors any more. I go by the individual books I read and enjoy. There is something I look for when I read a blurb. Once I find it, I don’t worry about who wrote the story.

AT: I can understand that. Now for the fun questions! You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
SEA: Lilac! I love the beauty in the colour because I brighten up any mood and situation.

AT: What would your autobiography be called?
SEA: The Encourager

AT: Nice! Do you believe in love at first sight?
SEA: Oh yes!!! And Like at First sight too…lool! It happens all around us. And I love to write about characters who hit it off straight-away. There is just something super-romantic about love at first sight.

AT: Oh, I agree! If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? (can't ask for more wishes)
SEA: A) I want my motherland, Nigeria, to be a place flowing with milk and honey and a refuge for the hurting, hungry and lost. It is a nation blessed with natural resources by God, but exploited for the benefit of the few.
B) That everyone would know the love of God and of his son, Jesus Christ.
C) I want a beautiful, bespoke house by the seaside surrounded by my wonderful family. So I can write and daily appreciate the awesomeness of God in the vastness of the sea.

AT: Beautiful wishes! Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why.
SEA: Summer for sure. I’m joyful, bright, and fruitful and love to spread the joy around.

AT: Tea or coffee?
SEA: Tea, always.

AT: Why does that not surprise me? LOL. Tell us about your most recent/current project.
SEA: It was a delight to write my new release, titled: “You’re Mine” ~ A Sweet & Steamy Romance. My heroine is African American and my hero has Italian/Nigerian origin. In “You’re Mine”, you will read all abouts the handsome luxury boat builder, Banjo Ricci who wants the fabulous Rachael Johnson, his mum's god-daughter, a woman who might just bring him to his charming knees in Fontvieille, Monaco.


"You're Mine": A Sweet & Steamy Romance by [Eromonsere-Ajanaku, Stella]


A Flirty & Feisty Romance Novel
~ Feelings too intense…to ignore ~

"Rachael’s beautiful, brainy & feisty. Every time I see her, my stomach walls tighten and heat gushes to my chest. But she’s out of bounds to me. Aside from the fact Rachael’s my mum’s god daughter, I think she’s pregnant. Only I don’t see any man showing up to claim responsibility for the bump she carries around with pride. But I’m in the city for about a month, not enough time to find out if I want her in my arms or to think of her as mine." 
~ Banjo Ricci.

"Banjo’s hunky, sexy & mouthy. He has only come home for a short period to clean up his mum’s finances, yet he’s already sticking his nose in my affairs. Every time I see him, he has no shirt on his back. I should take my eyes off him for my own good. But his body is carved to perfection and his sexy tattoos beg for my touch. No matter how explosive the chemistry is between us, I need to face my health problems and get him out of my thoughts because there are things I can never tell him and there’s no way he’s mine." 
~ Rachael Johnson

Can Rachael and Banjo find their way to each other’s heart?

~ From the Author of Naked Attraction: A Sweet & Sexy Romance ~

Purchase Links:
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2sTVhDn 
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B073WJBN36/ 
Okada Books: http://okadabooks.com/book/about/youre_mine__a_sweet__steamy_romance/14789 
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/735995 
Amazon US Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1548394386/ 
Amazon UK Paperback: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1548394386/  
Createspace Paperback: https://www.createspace.com/7241882 


Teaser:

Putting up one hand, Banjo suggested. “I can meet you after your dance class. Tell me where to pick you up.”

With her eyes narrowing at him, Rachael backed away. “I’ve got to run some errands for your mom afterward. I’m serious I can’t go with you. I wish I could.”

There was no apology in her eyes, only an attempt to fob him off. 
“Sounds like you’re making every effort to avoid being with me,” he pushed with a need to find out the exact reason she could not bear to be around him.

Gasping with her hands over her mouth, she blinked, looking around as if she was scared his mum could misinterpret his remark. “Why would you think I’m avoiding you? We share the same roof, don’t we?”

“The same reason you declined to give me the job in the first place,” Banjo chimed, adding, “and you know we’re hardly together even though we stay in the same house.”

To Banjo’s shock, his chest pounded waiting for an answer that was slow in coming. But why was Banjo resolute to make her spill her fears?

“Which is?” Rachael quizzed, her eyes hunting his openly and her kiss-me-now lips pressed together.

“The fact you find me easy on your eyes and you’re attracted to me.” 


AT: How can readers connect with you?
SEA: All Flirty & Feisty Romance Novels are available on:
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Stella-Eromonsere-Ajanaku/e/B004LXE09E
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stella-Eromonsere-Ajanaku/e/B004LXE09E
Okada Books: http://okadabooks.com/search?term=Stella+Eromonsere-Ajanaku
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/interview/StellaE1
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/stella-eromonsere-ajanaku?store=allproducts&keyword=stella+eromonsere-ajanaku
Website: http://www.flirtyandfeistyromancenovel.co.uk/

Connect with Stella on Social Media
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flirtyandfeistyromancenovels?v=wall&ref=pdem
Blog: http://flirtyandfeistyromance.blogspot.co.uk/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4538936.Stella_Eromonsere_Ajanaku
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/106790524289597144280/posts
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/eromonsereajana/

Flirty & Feisty Romance 
Our promise...is to deliver an intensely emotional experience you'll never forget.

AT: Any final words?
SEA: Embrace challenges. They are stepping stones to your success.

AT: Amen!