A Baby-Making Impasse

LWL Widescreen (3)Sweet Love-Bitter Fruit is the second book in the Brothers in Law series. It is a steamy and exciting stand-alone book that tells the story of Marcus and Toni Kent, a successful Black New York couple struggling with infertility.

After multiple in vitro attempts, Marcus decides he can’t take seeing the woman he loves in so much pain, but Toni is still on board with the idea of more treatments. Will a baby-making impasse tear this dream couple apart?

Enjoy a sneak peek at this fantastic duo, who have to fight to keep life from crumbling their rock-solid union.

Sweet Love–Bitter Fruit

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Click to Preorder“Hi”—Marcus hovered over the nurse panting—“my wife is very sick,” he said over the
sound of gurneys rushing behind him. He tightened his grip around Toni’s waist, his muscles burning as he strained to keep her from crumpling to the floor. He hefted her up further against his body, her head rolling against his chest. The emergency room sliding doors ground closed, drowning out her soft moan. “It’s gonna be okay, Sweetness.” He barely got the words out of his closed throat. They hadn’t been okay since the morning.

Toni had begun the day getting out of the bed and vomiting. He went for his run and returned to sounds of her retching over the toilet. She assured him it was a passing thing and insisted that he go to work. Her clammy skin and cold hands told him otherwise, but he Continue reading “A Baby-Making Impasse”

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”

New LWL Podcast: Why Romance

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I am thrilled to launch a new podcast, where I get to connect with readers and my fellow writers. In this first episode, I talk about my motivations for writing romance.

People make a lot of assumptions about romance. However, the genre is rich and full of layers that show cultural distinctions of how people negotiate love.

 

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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.

Indigo Haze: Thug Love is the Best Love by [Pynn, Aubreé]Indigo Haze: Thug Love is the Best Love

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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”

BOOK REVIEW: Winter’s Beast

Review by Lyndell Williams
WINTER’S BEAST
By Twyla Turner
$9.99, 252 pp, paper
$3.99, 254 pp, Kindle (Free, KU)

Love and loyalty frequently clash in life and lead to a big ole mess of emotions. It is the same in the world of romance fiction. People are often conflicted between staying true to one person or following their love, desire, or lust for another.

In Winter’s Beast by Twyla Turner, the main character, Yury, a disfigured henchman for  Ivan, has to watch as his boss/savior sexually torments singer Winter. Ivan, obsessed with Winter’s beautiful voice and albino body, holds her captive and grooms her to become his sex slave and feature in his erotic club. This guy is all kinds of diabolical.

No, I’m not turned on. You are!

Winter initially resists Ivan, but he uses her sexual insecurities and inexperience to groom her into submission. While Ivan is preying on Winter, Yury tries to make life in captivity bearable while he falls in love with the beauty.

The world of kink simultaneously disgusts and enchants Winter, whose sensual history is dotted with sporadic moments of unfulfilling sex. She despises Ivan, but her body responds to his sexual abuse in a way that leaves her confused and titillated.

Yup, homeboy got her all kinds of messed up in the head. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Winter’s Beast”

#OpenBook – “Masculine Energy” and The Woman Writer

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What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

I remember listening to a male lecturer talk about women, men, and gender relations. One thing that stuck with me was when he went on this diatribe about women who have a lot of what he called “masculine energy.” He waxed for what seemed like forever about how a woman who dares to have a lot of masculine energy is a problem because she will always be ready to challenge a man. He claimed that such women are too assertive and authoritative and proclaimed that he could tell when there is such a woman in his midst.

After I laughed my…head off, I cringed a little at the incendiary generalizations he made, that make life hell for women. I won’t go into an analysis of how his language dangerously allocated certain human behaviors like confidence, ambition, critical thinking, power, and resistance as masculine and categorized women embodying any of these characteristics as “manly” deviants straying from their feminine nature.

I won’t highlight how someone privileged by gender can be guilty of reinforcing oppression by demonizing those struggling against their subjugation, discrediting them as misfits. Really, men need to stop that nonsense, especially those disguising themselves as progressive but are actually just as chauvinistic as their fellow misogynists.

Continue reading “#OpenBook – “Masculine Energy” and The Woman Writer”

LWL Interview: King Ellie Brings Readers on Dark Romance Mind Trips

Mis Quince Años (12)All right. Straight away, I have to let readers know that King Ellie is an author that knows how to apply some heat to a plot in a way that makes one cringe and tingle with excitement at the same time.

King Ellie discovered her love for dark romance through reading. As she read more, she found that it was the genre for her and decided to own it. I mean, all of it. She did not come to play.

When writing antiheroes and characters typically classified as villains, she tries to show how hurt, heartbroken males can love hard.  The author explains:

The heroines get a chance to be loved deeply and only by the antiheroes. Love isn’t always just black and white… it’s a spectrum of color. 

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King Ellie is one of a few authors who served as my introduction into dark romance. Much more than the bodice rippers of old romance times, her work encourages readers to consider how the unsettling mixture of sensuality, kink and depravity simultaneously disturb and titillate our senses.

Continue reading “LWL Interview: King Ellie Brings Readers on Dark Romance Mind Trips”

New LWL Story-Sweet Love Bitter Fruit Prelude

Toni and Marcus are preparing for their second course of infertility treatments. The first one left them heartbroken and Toni an emotional wreck, so he is hesitant about doing another one, and his deep love for her makes it hard to say no.

Toni is just as anxious as Marcus, but her urge to be a mother makes her determined to forge ahead with her loving husband by her side.

Will they have success the second time around, or will a worse agony come their way?

In Vitro is a prelude short story to the soon-to-be-released Sweet Love – Bitter Fruit, the second novel in the Brothers in Law romance series.  Readers first met the main characters Marcus and Toni Kent in book one, My Way to You and fell in love with their love for each other. Continue reading “New LWL Story-Sweet Love Bitter Fruit Prelude”

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