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Sunday, March 17, 2019

New Arrival: Dark Romance Novels

When I began my writing career in 2013, I wanted to write romance stories. It wasn't just the Romantic ones that I wanted to write, but the risqué ones; the stories with all of the explicit details. I referred to these books as my girlie stories. Each story had a main female character who had a female best friend. I wrote a few, but some years later, I discovered my passion. You see, my romance stories eased a bit of mystery and thrill into each book, and I have to admit some darkness. I liked that. In fact, I enjoyed the mystery, the thrill, and the darkness a lot. So, I revisited my romance stories and revamped them. I toned them down in the bedroom just a bit. This box set is not for the timid or the faint of heart. 

 Book One: Love Me Senseless 

This is the first book I sat down to write at the beginning of my career. It has seen many changes throughout the years, including a title change. It started out as three short stories which I eventually combined to become one book. Sharla is obsessed with Damon; an obsession that separates her from her family and her friends. She uses her diary to try to understand why she cannot break away from her obsession. Her diary documents her emotions and thoughts about her relationship with the love of her life. It also documents their affair of lust. 

Book Two: Ashes of Old Lovers 

This is another book that was originally written as three short stories, titled as episodes, and then combined into one novel. I wanted the main character to be fun and memorable, but sometimes, characters write their own stories. If you have read any of my mystery or thriller books, you know there is usually a jaw-dropper or some sort of oh moment. In episode one, Megan wants it all; the ring, the children, and the marriage, but Masilo says it's just a piece of paper. Megan doesn't agree. Masilo heads for the shower, and Megan heads for revenge; a little drugging and then the unthinkable. In episode two of the Ashes of Old Lovers series, Megan is a person of interest. The police may be looking for her. She opts for a new identity, new look, and a new town. She's trying out for a new career and a new man. Megan's lies are catching up to her and landing her in hot water. In episode 3 of the Ashes of Old Lovers series, Megan has a new life, new friends, and a new job. She has her eye on a new love. Just when she thought everything was smooth sailing, her past, present, and future collide. 

Book Three: A Secret Love 

A Secret Love was written as a short story, a little over one hundred pages. This particular story does not have a best friend. It was written as a romantic mystery to keep the reader turning pages. To keep her marriage, Christina has to beat the clock. Every marriage has a secret or two or more, but Christina's has a big one. A secret she has kept for nine years. Her husband, Derek, doesn't suspect a thing. A blackmailer has entered the picture, and now Christina's exposure is imminent. The blackmailer is demanding payment that Christina does not have. If she doesn't pay, her secret will be leaked and she will lose her husband and children on Christmas day. 

Book Four: Her Cheating Man 

Her Cheating Man is the second book of my writing career. It too has gone through rewrites to tone down the explicit scenes. This book also received a title and cover change. The main character, Beth, has a best friend, Lil. Sometimes a little magic is needed to tame your man. Beth is single, twenty-two, and about to graduate from college as a nurse. One thing college did not prepare her for was relationships. Her patient says all men cheat. Her mother says forgive missteps. Her best friend says she should not live life so rigid. Beth intends to ensure the faithfulness of her man, even if a little magic is needed. Now, that you have an overview of the books, enjoy.

Friday, March 1, 2019

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

If you're going to do something, do it in a big way.

If you're going to do something, do it in a big way. If you want results you must stand out from the crowd. How many times have you heard this? I have heard it plenty. But, I have finally seen it in action—in a big way. Let me explain.

It is Sunday morning, seven a.m. and I cannot fall back to sleep, so I reach for two books. The first is normal sized and the cover speaks of inspiration. The second is a huge book, probably one foot or more in length by almost a foot in width. The title caught my eye next—Undisclosed Files Of The Police in bold white letters; POLICE standing out far more than the other words. The word UNDISCLOSED claims almost half the distance across the cover. My choice was made. Upon flipping through the pages, one story caught my attention.

I stopped on this particular eye-catching story and began to read. What was so intriguing you ask? It was the picture; the same picture that sold more newspapers in one day than any other in the history of The Daily News. It was Ruth Snyder's death picture taken in the Sing Sing death house, a picture no one should have had. In bold black letters was the headline DEAD! Below it was the death picture, capturing the moment she died. That front page picture sold 1.5 million newspapers on January 13, 1928.

I read the entire story and then moved on to the next and the next. My point is grabbing attention in big ways can pay dividends, if attention is what you are seeking. I continued reading through the true crime stories in this book for one and a half hours. The stories covered the 1920's up to 2010. Today, true crime writings, movies, and conversations with serial killers dominate our attention. Upon noticing this, I decided to add a serial killer novel to my series. A few beta readers struggled with one scene in the story. When each approached me, I knew exactly which scene it was. I considered deleting the scene. Then, I considered this one fact—serial killers are not performing good deeds. They are in fact, heinous killers. So, I left the scene. I read every review of the novels I write. One review said, "How dare a woman write something like this." Unfortunately, this review has been removed by Amazon. I haven't a clue why. I like these types of reviews. They make me stop and think about my stories.

I considered again if I should remove the scene. My final conclusion was no, I should leave it. The scene was a part of the character. To remove it would mean deleting a portion of the character. So, the second thing I did after leaving the scene was to make sure the cover portrayed the story contained between the covers. I made the letters bleed. There was no doubt about what you were in for if you chose to read the story. All in all, the reviews were uplifting for me. I think I made sure the book stood out, showing what it had to offer.

If you are interested in the Sing Sing Death Photo story you can find it in the book below:

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Confession

The Marston Series is growing. Book four, The 13TH Hour was released earlier this month. Book five is coming. The title—The Confession.

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