Month: October 2016
I LOVE THIS SERIES!
I set out to write something different and was amazed at the direction this series ended up taking me. It has been well over two years, but the vision is finally coming to life. Before I get into the the details, I want to tell you about the vision and the journey to the finished products.
Initially when I discussed the idea with my inner circle, it was met with a few reservations. If the people who knew me and writing style best were confused, then I needed to head back to the drawing board. My current hypotheses for a calculated success was not going to work out. it would be too big of a transition for my readers to randomly head out to Wyoming for no reason. Okay, well, let me figure this out. Instead of introducing the characters in the Serenity right away, I started with a darker story about redemption and starting over.
Enter Darlene and Daniel.
Darlene loses everything and desperately needs to start over. Her crazy, loving, and bordering on insane friend sets out to get her remarried by setting her up online to meet four men.
The fourth one is the winner.
What I love about Daniel is that he was okay to just be her friend if she didn’t choose him. In the end, everything she lost was returned threefold in the way of Jamar, Jack and a Cassandra.
These characters are bold, rich, well rounded and hilarious. You meet Jamar, whom Darlene learns is building a town in the middle of nowhere in Wyoming. Jamar is a lovable dude who doesn’t quite get along with Cassandra. Their interactions are priceless.
Along with Jamar, you have his right hand and partner in building Serenity, Jack Kinson who has his own secrets and reasons for coming to help Jamar build his town. I really like Jack. He says what he means and means what he says, he just says it all wrong.
I needed to tie the two books together and give the readers a feel for what Jamar was trying to accomplish as well as explain how he and Jack met. This provides a better overview of Jamar’s overall vision for the town as well as my vision for the series.
From here I was ready to build Serenity. Jamar’s list of people he needed to build the town are: A construction worker, an electrician, a farmer, a doctor, a general store owner, to name a few. Let’s add an electrician.
I already had one in my database. (Yes I keep a data base of my characters and their jobs). I took this one from my Venture, Georgia Series.
You initially meet Holden in Turning the Page, he is Janie Cimoc’s brother, who has an immediate attraction to Ethan, his brother in law’s sister. You know how my mind works. I am nuts. Tallullah Strom is an accomplished woman, a pediatrician and a catch. Holden is a freelance contractor, was raised by hippies who live in a double-wide painted with peace signs with a yard filled with garden gnomes. The gnomes are also holding peace signs.
Holden is currently available for your reading pleasure, Farmer will be available in November.
Here are the links to Holden. Happy Reading.
Come fall in love as we head back to Venture, Georgia to revisit some old friends.
Jamar Smalls built a town.
Jamar Smalls has just won the lottery. Since he was a child, somewhere in the back of his mind sat a budding vision of a very pleasant new life.
He now has 197 million ways to make his dream come true. He starts by building a town.
Welcome to Serenity, Wyoming. Population -1.
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What would you do if you won the lottery? No, not just pay off bills, buy cars and houses and shit, think bigger. How would you make the world just a tad bit nicer?
Octavia, a human, appeared into this world with a mysterious past unknown to even her. Victor a cultured man of influential prestige was born a savage vampire. They should have never been but their attraction was so profound neither could deny their love.
“Tell me to stop and I will.” He came to stand in front of her after hearing no more words of resistance cross her lips.
In a split second, he wished he could sire her and take her for his own. He wanted to tell her everything. This world, his world, about vampires, but he could not.
Victor gripped her face within his palms. “I cannot let you go. I will not,” he exhaled, caressing her lips. “But if you want me to, I will leave you be. Forever…”
“This is madness…” Octavia gazed up at him speechless. She tried to resist him, but the words of refute would not flow.
“And I cannot breathe when you are not near. I cannot think when you are not by my side. The last few days have been murderous knowing that I could not have you” He kissed her, not allowing her to refuse him.
He would never let her go.
Dormaine G is a nurse by profession, a New Yorker by birth and a born story teller.
I am really interested to read this book because I think this author is a sleeper.
Dormaine G Kindle Book Award semi-finalist in Suspense/Horror for Madame Lilly.
This is synopsis for Madame Lilly.
History has a way of repeating itself
Madame Lilly journeys back in time to her great-grandmother’s era, the time of Sanura. Both women possess more than a kinship for they are each bound to harmful spirits whom they refuse to relinquish. By the hand of a mysterious being, Elijah, Lilly is transported into the past to witness the dark path Sanura chose—ultimately leading to her demise.
Click here to visit her Amazon author page.
Share your thoughts. The cover got my attention.
Tommy Ford, best known for his role on Martin as Tommy, was taken off life support an Atlanta hospital Wednesday afternoon, TMZ reports. Ford was on life support after an aneurysm ruptured in his abdomen. He was 52.
Ford’s rep released a statement on behalf of his family confirming his passing, which read: “It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved Son, father, brother, husband, and friend Tommy Mykhal Ford.”
A Los Angeles native, Ford’s other credits included the Fox 1990s drama “New York Undercover,” the 1990 CBS sitcom “Uncle Buck,” and NBC’s short-lived “Singer & Sons” from the same year.
On “Martin,” Ford usually played the straight man to star Martin Lawrence in the sitcom about a radio and TV personality. Ford played the lead character’s best friend. He was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in 1996 for his work on “Martin,” which ran from 1992-97.
In recent years Ford had been a mainstay as an actor and producer of independent films and telepics geared toward African-American audiences, including 2016’s “Blues for Life” and “Love Different,” 2015’s “Every Family Has Problems,” and “Conflict of Interest.”
From 2006 to 2008 Ford hosted TV One’s comedy competition series “Who’s Got Jokes.”
In the 1990s and early 2000s Ford logged a slew of guest shots and supporting roles in films. His TV resume ranged from “Law & Order” and “MacGyver” to “Judging Amy” and “House.” His film credits included 1989’s “Harlem Nights,” 1992’s “Class Act,” and 1997’s “Against the Law.”
Jamie Foxx returns on February 24, 2017 with a remake of a remake of the French thriller Nuit Blanche. The movie will costar rapper T.I. and Gabrielle Union who is also making her return to the silver screen.
Sleepless stars Foxx as undercover Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs, who is caught in a high stakes web of corrupt cops and the mob-controlled casino underground. When a heist goes wrong, a crew of homicidal gangsters kidnaps Downs’ teenage son. In one sleepless night he will have to rescue his son, evade an internal affairs investigation and bring the kidnappers to justice.
Directed by Baran Bo Odar and written by Andrea Berloff, the film also features best book boyfriend Dermot Mulroney (The Grey, Mozart in the Jungle), Scoot McNairy (Batman Vs Superman, Argo) and David Harbour (Suicide Squad, End Of Watch).
Movie watching is getting good again.
Favorite Read: This question is always a tough one for me because I love to read. But I will limit it to one. Currently I am enjoying a great poetry book by award winning author Lexi Miles entitled Focused on Love. Okay and if I can sneak one more in I would say Custom Fit also by Lexi Miles. (I’m a fan of her work). *Smiles*
Where do you find inspiration for most of your books? I tend to draw inspiration from everywhere. Like with my current work Daphne, I was inspired after watching a marathon of Hallmark Christmas movies. Most of the movies took place in a small town. So I figured what would be a better setting than Daphne being set in the fictional small town of Donna’s Gate, Ca where Daphne grew up. Then the story just took off from there. Like the movies I watched, I knew Daphne had to have an uncomfortable situation she had to overcome. So I decided on making it about Daphne’s return home after she loses her job at a production house in the big city of San Francisco, Ca.
Do you have a favorite writing space? I would have to say, put me next to a body of water and I’m good. I love to write by the pool, a lake, and sometimes even near the ocean. I would have said a coffee house too but I wasn’t too sure if could say the hot water they use for making the drinks would count. *giggles*
What tactics have you found to be most effective against writer’s block? I find if I step away and relax my mind, I normally can get passed the block. Some things I do are take my dogs out for a walk, watch an episode of one of my favorite shows, play a game on my smartphone, or listen to my ambience sound spa machine.
The other thing I find helps is talking out the point I have gotten stuck on. I don’t care how crazy I appear talking to myself out loud, but I discuss what would be the most logical next place to take the story aloud because it really does end up helping me get to something good.
Are you an active participant in the cover design of your books? I do love that I have a say in the design of my book covers. Having this freedom is great. Being able to give specific description guidelines of what my characters look like in my head to my publisher and the publisher follows those guidelines, delivers a real pleasing end result I believe for the readers. I imagine it will help readers connect even more with the headspace I was in while I was composing the book. I think when the right depiction of the characters appears in the cover art it makes it feel, for me anyway, like the final step for completing the book has been achieved.
About the Author
|Bio (brief): Chloe Quinn was born in Northern California right in the heart of what is known as the Silicon Valley. There she grew up with her younger sister Alex. Though she was raised in California, Chloe spent most of her summers either in Hawaii, New York, Texas, or Nevada. She still currently lives in California a few miles away from the beautifully eclectic city of San Francisco.|
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