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Meet The Author: Interview with Kimberly Racquel

It’s a cold-hearted world, and unfortunately, a traumatic childhood left young Kira feeling as though her existence was collateral damage. Abandoned and betrayed by everyone responsible for her protection, left her no choice but to fight back. Guarded, unforgiving, outspoken, and vowing to never trust anyone with her heart, her mouth became her weapon.

Without realizing that her past would shape her future, Kira grew into a woman who lived her life with an ‘attack first’ mentality, until Mark walks into her life, but will he be able to withstand jaded Kira.

Tired of fighting with the demons from her childhoodKira seeks solace in the only place where she ever felt safe- her prayers and her journals. After years of struggling to find peace, Kira discovers it was there all the time, IF ONLY SHE COULD SHUT HER MOUTH!


I begged my mother to drop us off at Tricia’s house like she often did when she needed a babysitter.

“Just pick us up tonight when you get done,” I pleaded.

“No.” She was firm. “They want me to bring you down so they can ask you some questions.”

My stomach dropped yet again but this time like I was falling fifty stories down to a cement ground. To say I was freaking out, would put it mildly. I wanted to run and hide. What would they want to ask me? Questions racked my brain. What has my sister told them about me? Why did she do this? Was she serious about her devious threat just days earlier?

The ride to DFACS was like going to my own funeral. Out of frustration, Mama hit the steering wheel when she saw the PAID PARKING ONLY sign. Since we barely had money for the gas it took to get there and surely didn’t have enough to pay for the parking lot, we parked a block away before trekking to the office. Holding Mama’s trembling hand and sensing her fear, I pleaded with her not to make me go. I had an awful feeling that I wouldn’t see her again but she kept gently pulling me along.

Kimberly Racquel is married and raising three sons. She graduated Cum Laude from Central Michigan University and went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Administration.

Although she has quite a fewaccomplishments under her belt, she freely admits that some days her greatest accomplishment is just keeping her mouth shut.

Kimberly is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, whose passion for writing ignited when her mother gave her a journal as a birthday gift. She then began journaling as a way to speak her mind to vent and say the things she was afraid to say aloud. She says writing helps her cope with life and finds serenity within the sacred bond between her heart and her pen.

Expanding beyond journal entries into dynamic storytelling is how her debut novel “If Only I Could Shut My Mouth” was birthed. Kimberly notes that her book’s title has a deeper meaning which builds the foundation for her movement and mission to inspire others to move past the limiting phrase If Only I Could.

Get to Know The Author Kimberly Racquel:

What inspired you to write the book?

This book was inspired by my journal entriesand conversations with other women. I strongly believe in the power of the written word, specifically journaling, scripting, and writing affirmations, and used all of these to sort through events from my own childhood that had been impairing mycommunication with others. As a part of the process, I was moved to speak openly about how journaling was helping me sort through different events in my childhood as well as examine my family relationships. Ironically, as I shared my story with others, I discovered I was not alone and almost everyone I spoke to also had events from their childhood that they were still struggling with as adults. I wanted to do something to inspire other people to heal themselves. Writing the book was the perfect way for me to do this, so I blended my journal entries, imagination, and many of those events into a dynamic and fascinating story.

Who is your favorite author and why?

I have quite a few authors who I love and admire, but my favorite author is Teri Woods, who I recently met in person (yes, I’m still giddy). She’s my favorite author because of the way she makes you fall in love with her characters, even with their obvious flaws.

Your book addresses several family dynamics, but what jumped out to me was that you didn’t just explore parental relationships you also explored the familial dynamic of sisters, why is that?

I explored this because there are many sibling relationships that need to be repaired, but often these relationships remain distant, damaged, strained, and unhealthy because of the refusal to discuss openly the deep-rooted issues they experienced in childhood. This book takes a look at the complex relationship between two sisters and their different viewpoints even though they are growing up in the same household.

Do you consider your book Christian fiction since it contains scriptures and Biblical references?

No, not really. I have a strong faith in God, but I wouldn’t paint the book into just that category, it’s very contemporary with an urban fiction twist and a book that everyone can read, relate to, and enjoy, even men.

If you had to pick a theme song for your life, what would it be and why?

My theme song would be “Masterpiece” by Jasmine Sullivan, because the entire song is a powerful affirmationIt inspires confidence and self-love.

What is a fun fact about you that people would be surprised to learn?

Ha! I love trap music! And, most people are surprised to learn that. I do admit that the lyrics can make you cringe, but, for the most part, trap music is motivational and gets you energized, and some days that’s what I need to get going.

What’s next for you? What are you working on now?

I have begun writing my second book, but right now I am almost finished with an Affirmation Journal that will debut on my one-year book-a-versary, May 20, 2019, and I’m really excited about it. It was inspired by feedback from my readers who wanted to begin journaling and self-reflection after they read my book.

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Meet The Author: Interview with Isabella Shaunte

Author Isabella Shaunte was born in Atlanta GA raised by my father and the youngest of two sisters, until my father got married now I have four sisters. No kids of my own but has two Nephews and two Nieces. When I’m not writing I’m working or traveling. I consider myself a Storyteller.

Get to Know The Author Isabella Shaunte:

What inspired you to write?

I truly believe I was born with this gift, it just took me until my teen years to understood how to use it. I wrote my first short story in a recess in my middle school class and my first novel in ninth grade. My mind always wonders, and my father told me that one of my past relative who was my Aunt had the gift as well.

Who is your favorite Author?

I can say I have a favorite Author but, I do admire many comic and thriller writers. Such as; Stan Lee, Steven Kings, R.L Stine. Any book with a good love store or thriller is my favorite Author.

Why did you write The Switch Up?

Even though I have many other stories to tell and like to publish, I started off with The Switch Up to introduces my fellow readers on I how I write my stories, they may seem clichés from the descriptions but they all have a big twist.

How did you come up with the storyline for The Switch Up?

The storyline came from a situation between a Co-worker, he started the plot of the story and I added my storytelling skills to it.

Is The Switch Up based on a true story?

When I tell my stories, they are not based on true events or me per se, but they are based off real life events. And I’m sure many people have experienced the situations before, including myself.

Who is your  favorite character in The Switch Up?

They all are my favorite characters because they all are part of my personality.

What encouraging words do you have for other up in coming storytellers?

Even though I’m still learning the rope myself, I only have three things to keep in mind

1. Never give up

2. Do your research, not everything that comes first is good.

3. Don’t let negativity stop you from your journey and love for telling your story

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About The Book 

Adriana Castilo is a thirty-year-old single woman, who believes being single is the best way to live in a world fool of liars, and cheaters. “Less drama, less problems” is her motto. Her co-worker for two years, Omar Kingston thinks she needs to change her mindset, that someone in this world was perfect for her. Since he was taken by Crystal Simmons. He thought it would be a good idea to hook her up with his little Brother Kennedy, thinking it would be a match made in heaven, soon becomes Hell for him, It’s a hook up that turns to a switch up.


I looked back at the mirror and my smile vanished. The feeling I was beginning to feel for her was wrong but felt so right-well, on my end it felt right, I wasn’t sure about her thoughts on the matter, and I couldn’t help but wonder: If I climbed in that bed, would she let me hold her in my arms until the sun came up? If I kissed her, would she kiss me back? I didn’t even want to have sex with her, even though I knew her body would feel satisfied afterward. I guess you can call it a guilty pleasure. I didn’t know if Kennedy wanted to get back with her or not. It was never my intention to come between their relationship but it all happened so fast and unexpectedly, I honestly didn’t see it coming. I don’t know if we’ll be together or go our separate ways or pretend it never happened.

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Meet The Author: Interview with Charmyra E. Fleming

Charmyra E. Fleming is a romance author that writes about love with a realistic, dramatic flare. Her first book The Violet Rose has received a written review from Booklist.

Charmyra lives in Maryland with her husband and son. Before she started writing, she worked as a Budget Analyst and Supplier Diversity professional. But her favorite job is the one she’s now doing full time – writing romance.

On her blog, she writes a weekly motivational post to encourage her readers and beyond, to live their lives with impact, intention, and full of passion. She is also a contributing writer for InColor Magazine, “an online platform created to highlight narratives of color through creative
works be that editorial, creative-writing, video or visual art.”

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Get to Know The Author Charmyra E. Fleming:

What was the inspiration for The Violet Rose?

The Violet Rose was written as a way to honor the memory of my favorite
musician, the late iconic legend, Prince. After his transition in 2016, I began writing
this story and he became my muse for both, Violet and Nate. These characters are
reflections of him, his message of being passionate about your talents, and always
being in control of owning your work.

Which part of the book was your favorite to write?

Chapter 14, was my favorite chapter to write. I literally poured my heart and soul
into that chapter. I cried during the entire writing of that chapter. It is a touching
chapter between Violet and her mother. I connected with my feelings about my
own mother, and I just loved this chapter. It is one of my favorite chapters in this
book, and it makes me smile with tears of joy each time I read it.

What was your writing process?

I began writing this book in the summer of 2016. Each day, I committed to writing
for at least fifteen minutes a day. I actually wrote this book, listening to Prince’s
music every day, and sometimes, I had a photo nearby to allow me to connect him
to the story. Soon the words just flowed out and these characters created a world
that I was immersed in. There were many nights that I had to force myself to quit
writing and go to bed. I love when that happens! It was a fun process, and the
playlist made me dance, and it evoked the types of emotion that I needed to be
able to connect with the personalities and emotions of the characters. For instance, when Violet leaves Nate without a “goodbye”, I wrote Chapter 13, Nate’s
chapter, to Prince’s, 17 Days and Condition of the Heart, two very beautiful songs
that allows one to feel the emotion of someone with a broken heart, and missing
the person they love.

How did you feel when you wrote it?

Felt great about writing this book. When I would go back and read through what I
was writing, I kept thinking that I was finally writing a story that I would love to
read. It was an honor to have a muse that kept me focused on completing the story. After writing about ten chapters, I thought to myself, this is turning out to be
a pretty awesome story.

Tell us a fun fact about your book?

I had fun exploring my creative talents while writing this book. In addition to
writing the book, I created poetry, as written by Violet, and a soundtrack of music
by Nate. Nate’s music is available now and can be found on Soundcloud, by
searching for The Violet Rose Music Playlist. I thought that it would be fun to offer
additional content for my readers, and by my characters. So readers can have this
unique and valuable content created by myself, as a companion to the book.

The Violet Rose was reviewed by Booklife, what did they think about the book?

In terms of originality, they stated the following: “This novel offers a refreshing
voice and a sweet take on love in the time of complication. It is also a wonderful
tribute to great musicians and artists, as well as the institution of parenthood. The
narrative features a lovely romance between two people meant to be, and the
book features complex, intriguing characters.”

What’s next?

The Violet Rose is the first book in “The Purple Charm” Series. The next story in this
series is Three’s A Charm. A jaw-droppingly, sexy and utterly spicy story of one
woman’s journey to happiness and redemption through the ups and downs of
infidelity, love, and romance.
Going forward, I’m looking forward to building a community of readers that love this
type of dramatic romance, with complex characters. My books are realistic and has
many layers because these are the types of stories that people can relate to. The
second book in this series is scheduled for release in the fall of 2019.

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Violet Rogers has just turned thirty years old and is starting to realize the purpose for her life. Her passion for dance has made her electrifying as a dancer, but her estranged relationship with her parents, past relationships with men, and a difference of opinion on where her life should be, with her now, ex-boyfriend, has made finding true love with someone that respects her passion difficult. Until, she meets someone that is equally as passionate, and finds that their passion is music, and everything changes.  Jamison Nathaniel Starks better known as, “Nate Starks”, is an incredible musician that is well off financially, but has had a difficult time balancing his romantic relationships with his music. His passion for music has always interfered with his ability to find love.

After breaking up with ex-girlfriend, he realizes that his passion for music can’t replace his desire for love. In the midst of trying to find love, he receives critical information about his past that will affect the future of his financial welfare.

Meanwhile, lurking in the shadows of her blossoming relationship is a vengeful ex-boyfriend, Donovan, hell-bent on making her pay for leaving him. A man with deeply
rooted issues, and an unrelenting temper.
Violet and Nate begin to spend time with one another, and eventually, a family
emergency occurs within Violet’s family and she is forced to leave, but not before catching Nate with another woman. When she returns home she learns that her mother’s medical bills are straining the family’s finances, and assets are needed to be sold. Donovan learns of this information and concocts a plan of revenge against Violet.

Through all of the ups and downs and drama, Violet and Nate are able to forgive.
Despite the differences in their passion Violet and Nate are able to find mutual respect and friendship in one another.


It was the twenty-first day of April, a marvelous day of epic proportions, and the sky was a beautiful shade of lavender as the sun began to slowly peak over the horizon. Overnight there had  been an unexpected snow shower, and although it didn’t amount to much of anything, it left a sensation in the air that was calm and peaceful. In the stillness of the morning lay beauty and a crisp feeling of a promise hanging on what was to come. A day like today was typical of
springtime weather in Boston. Through the arrival of a new day, a curvy figure appeared as it flowed through the cold like feathers floating on a summer’s breeze, warm and captivating with ease, stirring the calm and whisking through the city streets with urgency to get to a place of spiritual harmony. “Sometimes it Snows in April,” she thought as the fingertips of the wind whisked playfully through the strands of her loose tresses, and the slight parting of her full lips allowed for her body’s heat to escape into the morning breeze. She’d finally arrived at her destination, and from the outside, it was a large inconspicuous brown building with a green sign on the front, located on a side street with an alley that looked more like the abandoned warehouse from Janet Jackson’s ‘“Control”’ video, but inside was a different story.

She opened the door and stepped inside. This place opened to her sanctuary of peace. It was bright and full of vibrant colorful sounds of music playing in the background, and there off into the distance was her platform of communication. She felt at home. Today was a new day—better than the day before. For her, it was a day of exhilaration and celebrating life, her life, because it was her birthday. She’d come full circle and was fully realizing her calling, and today was going to be wonderful. Days prior had been a struggle, and maybe even tomorrow, but not today. Today she’d made a promise to live in the moment, to live life to the fullest, and the worries of tomorrow didn’t exist…today. Today was all her own. Her morning affirmation confirmed today was magical. It’s snowing in April, for goodness’ sake. Today is my day of reckoning, and I am walking into this dance studio with the full understanding that I will be great. Since Violet had arrived in Boston four years ago, she’d been taking classes to become a better contemporary dancer. Whenever she entered a dance studio, the outside world became nonexistent.’

“There she is. Violet, where have you been?,” asked Robin.

“I hope that I’m not late.”

“No, you have about ten minutes to get ready,” Robin answered.

When Violet had her hair in a bun and was ready, she took to the floor.

Violet saw nothing but darkness, and then there was a brief pause and the intake of a cool breath of fresh air. As she released that breath of warmth, she let go. The music entered her soul and her spirit lifted. Each turn was filled with grace, and through each movement came power, and there was her confidence.

Robin looked at Violet and challenged her to be free and take her audience on a lyrical journey. Violet looked at her audience and playfully gave them her signature charming glance. From the very beginning, her body communicated that she commanded this moment and their attention. But, wasn’t that what every great dancer did? Violet’s hands extended in front of her, and she
swayed into the movement lyrically. Her years of experience showed her fluidity.

The bass in the melody flirted with her desire to take on another persona. This budding flower inside of her, the music, brought out something deep within her—the part of her that was so true. It was the one place that she could get lost, and in it was pure perfection. That place was familiar’, as she’d been there before, and she could live there forever.

Only for a moment in time, and only for the grace of God, might Violet be blessed enough to  share her gift with the group of onlookers. Today I’ve fully realized this gift and I want to share it with anyone that is willing to pay attention. It is all my own and today is the day that I fully own it. Violet smiled widely and gave the audience her all and danced with adrenaline coupled with conviction. Each person in the room was experiencing her private joy, and such a pretty toy it was.

As she descended from a natural high, Violet climbed down from the choreographic mountain.  She did her best, and when she finished, she was spent. Violet gradually came back to reality, and hen she realized where she was, she lifted herself from the floor and looked up. Everyone was
standing on their feet and clapping. Violet bowed and left the stage.

As soon as she exited, stage right, Robin approached her. “Oh my God, Violet, you were incredible.”

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Meet The Author: Interview with Norwood Holland

Stopping by Authors & Readers Book Corner is Norwood Holland, a freelance writer, lawyer, and author of the Drew Smith legal thriller series based on the capers of a bon vivant DC trial attorney. Holland is a graduate of Howard University School of Law and earned his degree in English from Fisk University where he studied under the renowned Harlem Renaissance author Arna Bontemps. He has served in several government agencies including the National Labor Relations Board and several top Washington law firms. In the mid-90s he began freelance writing with bylines in The Writer Magazine and the Examiner. He blogs at editorialindependence.comMaterial Witness is third in the series launched with Sleepless Nights, followed by the prequel Minus OnePrivate Number the fourth series installment will be released in early 2019.

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Why should people read your book?

Material Witness is an enjoyable, easy read. The characters are clearly defined, and the suspense carries the reader from beginning to end. The series has an addictive quality, and you don’t have to start the series at the beginning. Each can be a standalone read, but most readers are left wanting more. People love Drew Smith, he has an emotional connection that invests readers. His bravado appeals to the male reader, while his good looks and hypersexual nature appeals to women. The reader derives pleasure in following Drew Smith’s emotional swings, his romantic woes, and his professional challenges.

 Who are the audiences for your book?

Material Witness was written for those who love legal thrillers and mysteries, but it also has broad appeal for those who enjoy popular fiction. It’s sexy with a hint of romantic suspense. There is something there for those who prefer romance, as well as the action adventure reader.

What is the setting of your novel and how is it significant?

The setting is Washington DC, and why DC? It’s my home where I was born and bred. It’s a world-class city full lawyers and politicians, statesmen and foreign diplomats. There is a lot of glint and glamour, but if you dig below the surface, there is a dark side with its gritty crime and backstreets you can see the real human condition. There is a juxtaposition of the oppressed, poor people struggling to make a living in a world saturated with wealth. Cities create wealth, and that’s what draws people to them. Washington is a reflection of the American character with its monuments, and sprawling suburbs. It’s an ideal setting to tell an American story.

Narration: Does the protagonist or an associate of the protagonist narrate? Or does the author write with detached objectivity, able to read minds and interpret motives? How did this affect your perceptions of what is going on? Is this narrator a reliable witness of events?

Sleepless Night’s varied from the third person to first-person narration. And my skills as the writer were not as sharp as they are now. I’ve chosen now to write in a strictly first-person narrative from Drew Smith’s point of view. When I decided to write thrillers I learned the First person was the best method suitable for writing thrillers because it allows for a lot of immediacy and emotion that would serve a thriller well.

Driver: Would you say that the novel is primarily character-driven or plot-driven? Or is there an effective combination of the two?

I would say Material Witness is plot driven. There is a murder, and the pursuit of the murderer is the primary focus. But the significance of the character-driven subplots cannot be dismissed.

 Characters:  Who are the central characters? Where do your sympathies naturally lie? Are their motivations, flaws and qualities credible, or merely means to drive the plot?

My primary characters are Drew Smith and the people he interacts with on a daily basis. Julio is his best friend for life. He is Drew’s sidekick fighting alongside him in trenches. The women in their lives also play a significant role. They keep their men grounded and focused. The open way for us to see their vulnerabilities, their desires, ambitions, and goals. Without the women, there would be no window to their motivations, flaws, and credible qualities.

Development:  Do the characters undergo any significant change or development? Did any of their actions or words provoke reflection or further revelation about them as people?

Character evolution is each book is incremental, Drew Smith character is strengthened over the long term. The changes are not really discernable in each book. But I have a five book vision of the series which I plan to develop into a cable TV series, but right now each book is plot driven. Drew is coming to accept his mental health infliction. The future problem how will he deal with it. Is there something good that can come from it?


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Material Witness is a legal thriller and the third novel in the Drew Smith series. The DC trial attorney undertakes a murder investigation of a law school pal. Smith recruits fellow lawyer Edward Miller and TV news reporter Stephanie Gilchrist. The three become entangled in a love triangle while Smith is coping with his post-traumatic stress disorder. Material Witness follows the series prequel Minus One expanding on Smith’s mental health issues as his PTSD progresses into the paranormal. Smith’s friend Medhat tragically died in Smith’s arms from a gunshot wound. The shock and Drew’s underlying guilt inflicted a post-traumatic stress disorder condition. The condition progresses with Medhat’s lifelike visits with Drew in his dreams.

The investigation leads to the Chinese underworld of human smuggling and endangers his investigation team. As the investigation races toward resolution Smith finds Gilchrist and Miller lives in hostages. Drew Smith races against time in a life-threatening chain of events to save them.