LWL Podcast: The Writer’s Stage

Authors must build a platform and social media presence to get their voices out there and connect with readers. In this LWL episode, Lyndell Williams talks about why authors must schedule the time to create content and garner an audience to share their work.

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All right, today, I’d like to take a moment to talk about the writer’s stage. No, it’s not the blog, the novel, the novella or the short story an author creates. I mean that’s important. Having a finished product that conveys the message one wants is critical, but so is having an audience. There are a ton of authors out there, which makes it important to build a platform and a following so that you have people who’ll read your stuff. It’s probably the most non-writing part of being an author and requires a lot of time and energy. You have to get your voice out there. 

We’re in a social media-driven world. Readers want to hear and see their writers. A lot of successful writers develop a way of connecting to readers outside of their writing. They show their personality—their appeal.

Some will use social media—Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, podcasts. Not so much to sell books but to acquire followers. It becomes important because then when you put a book out there, you have people who are actually looking.

It’s important to create a stage for your work and you stand at the center of it, speaking to people. Then you can offer your creation to the eyes and ears focused on you. If they like what they see and hear, some will spread the word. It’s a slow process but it’s an essential one.  In addition to finishing the book and publishing it, an author needs to create a brand, something that will attract followers and readers to them, not their writing.

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It could be as simple as showing their pretty face, making some quippy anecdotes. But from what I’ve experienced, authors do best by using a mixed media approach as well as making physical appearances. Photos, video clips, live posts all draw potential readers. So, authors need to think of ways to use that to their advantage.   Continue reading “LWL Podcast: The Writer’s Stage”

Author Interview: Aubree Pynn Keeps Her Keyboard Lit

LWL Author Interview (1)Aubreé  Pynn is a writing demon. She pumps out books that capture readers with dynamic characters and plots that make one flip page after page. She already has readers loving main characters Indigo and Taj in her latest book, Indigo Haze. Check out the blurb.

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Indigo Sims is fighting to break the curse of his environment and not be a product of the streets. Every time he pulls away, something goes array and sucks him back in. A natural-born leader and peacemaker, he gives himself two months to be free from the streets while saving every dollar he can to fulfill the promise he made to himself.

Taj Ali Adams has a bright future ahead of her and an undeniable light that everyone around her wants to protect, especially her older brother. With tragedy lingering around her, the light that shined so bright goes dim. Continue reading “Author Interview: Aubree Pynn Keeps Her Keyboard Lit”

Writing Romance as a Muslim Woman – An Interview with Layla Poulos

Original Post: Haute Hijab

A Muslim woman who wears the hijab and is a romance author? Why can’t all those descriptions belong to the same woman, says Layla Poulos, whose debut novel, My Way to You, is climbing its way up some of Amazon’s Best Sellers charts. Layla, who has been writing for years and loves the romance genre, advocates for more openness and discussions about romance and sexuality from a faith-based perspective. When it comes to her fiction writing, however, she places no restrictions on how much heat she brings to her stories. I recently spoke with Layla, who writes under the pseudonym Lyndell Williams, about her career, writing romance stories as a hijabi Muslim woman, and if she will ever write romance with Muslim characters.

A covered Muslim woman is probably the last person readers would expect to write a romance. What made you want to write in the genre?

I’ve been an avid romance reader all of my adult life. When presented with the opportunity to study the genre during my graduate studies, I took it. I now explore romance as a reader and romance scholar.

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Just a Taste – LW Book Excerpts

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What are some of your favorite lines from your books?

I love reading authors’ favorite lines from their books. Many authors take a lot of time and energy to draft particularly poignant prose (that alliteration is not an example), to grab readers’ attention and offer some inspiration, humor, humanity—a bunch of stuff.

I’m a little daunted to find some of my favorite lines from my book—singular…as in only one written so far—because I’ve spent so much time with my words. It’s difficult to step back and look at something I took so long to make cohesive and fluid as layers of individual components.

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BOOK REVIEW – Twisted Minds

 
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Review by Lyndell Williams
TWISTED MINDS
By Keta Kendric
$12.99, 138 pp, paper
$0.99, 150 pp, Kindle (Free, KU)

Click here to enter and win a Kindle copy of Twisted Minds by Keta Kendric

Some of the best romance novels are the ones with the rawest passion. Not always. Some authors take primal lust and make it gross.

But when well-done, an author can tap into readers’ baser sensual instincts, reminding them that just wanting someone isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

That is what Keta Kendric does in her novel Twisted Minds.  From the moment main character Aaron sees Megan serving up grub to his father and the rest of the August Knights Motorcycle Club cretins, he’s immediately charged with a desire to have her.

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BOOK REVIEW REBOOT: Her Justice – When Everyone is Playing Head Games

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Review by Lyndell Williams
HER JUSTICE
By Nasheed Jaxson
$9.99, pp 162, paper
$4.99, pp 228, Kindle (Free, KU)

I can’t believe it’s been over three years since I began uploading book reviews on YouTube.  I loved getting in front of my cell phone and letting my teeny tiny audience of watchers know about the great Muslim fiction that authors were releasing to the world.

Unfortunately, life shifted, and I haven’t been able to do a review for a while, but I think I’ll start again. So, I’ve decided to share one of my favorites this week.

Her Justice by Nasheed Jaxson is unique because it is the first romance I’ve read written by an African American Muslim man. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW REBOOT: Her Justice – When Everyone is Playing Head Games”

BOOK REVIEW: Everything is Love – Fine-ness is a Game Changer

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EVERYTHING IS LOVE
By Aubree Pynn
$2.99, pp 169, Kindle (Free, KU)

Okay, I’m done! No more men. Oh, wait a minute. Who dat? Damn, he’s fine.

Yeah, how many women have decided to go the celibacy route only to have a gorgeous hunk of…man pass their way? Suddenly, all resistance starts to whittle away. Who me? Is this bottled water?

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So, where was I? Oh, yeah. ***SPOILERS ALERT***  Now, Let’s do this.

In Everything is Love by Aubree Pynn, Baylee is in “manless me” mode when fly basketball player, Dakari bumps into her at a party. The tiny run-in and subsequent bickering mark the beginning of their worlds colliding. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Everything is Love – Fine-ness is a Game Changer”

BOOK REVIEW Doctor’s Desire-Learning to “Swallow” One’s Medicine

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Review by Lyndell Williams
DOCTOR’S DESIRE
By Love Journey
$8.99, pp 162, paper
$2.99, pp 107, Kindle (Free, KU)

Have you ever loved someone so much and been so happy that you felt like Okoye at the beginning of Black Panther? You’re in Wakanda, chillin’ with W’Kabi, then he gotta go and screw it up by siding with friggin’ Killmonger! I mean, WTF, W’Kabi?!

Now you have to put your bliss on hold and significant other in his place because he insists on being a…man.

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***SPOILERS ALERT***  Now, Let’s do this. That’s precisely what Chyna had to do to Jimin in Love Journey’s Doctor’s Desire. The couple meets at their medical school, and each of them is immediately struck. They have a whirlwind courtship full of passion. Things progress very quickly. Jimin is totally down with making Chyna his permanently and she completely plays off of his confidence and her own desires.

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First Author Signed Giveaway Book Arrived!

AirBrush_20180725071046There is an awesome feeling that runs through an author when a fellow offers support and encouragement. I trodded to the mailbox the other day and immediately lit up when I saw the large yellow envelope containing a signed copy of Nasheed Jaxson’s Her Justice

The crime romance is one of my favorites, and I was thrilled when Jaxson agreed to send me a signed copy for a book giveaway.

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