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Jane O’Sullivan, a sultry twenty-seven-year-old singer, starts a torrid, forbidden affair during the 1960s jazz scene in London. Working hard, she makes a name for herself. She’s a woman with dreams, hopes, and a burning desire to leave Europe behind and travel to New Orleans with her lover, Louis.
Louis Simpson, a charming twenty-nine-year-old musician from Jackson, Mississippi, is on tour with his band in London. Back home, the height of the civil rights movement plays out in the USA. Driven by ambition, a forbidden love, and a desire to turn his life around, he pushes forward, living his dream.
Once their paths cross, a twist of fate crushes Jane’s world, forcing her to make a life-changing decision that impacts both her and Louis. This historical love story spans across the Atlantic and roams through Europe with love, loss, and broken promises.
Twenty-five years later, when Jane and Louis’ paths cross on a Greek island, will the helping hand of fate bring them together, or rip them apart, once more?
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Would you risk a second chance, 4,000 miles away in paradise?
Chances, A Puerto Rican Love Affair is book three of the Romance Set In Paradise Series. Of romantic, steamy and suspenseful stand-alone novella length stories, all set in exotic locations around the world. Each one can be read as a stand-alone book.
Thirty-one year old Gabby from Barcelona, Spain has a love for the finer things in life including successful men. She finds herself in need of a change of scene. Opportunity knocks when the European company she works for as a successful estate agent, selling properties to elite clientele expand. Giving her the chance to take a one month work sabbatical, in the beautiful vibrant Caribbean island Puerto Rico. She snaps up the chance to leave Europe behind. Here her path crosses with thirty-five year old Puerto Rican born Mateo Sanchez. A former ‘bad boy’ turned entrepreneur. They touch each other on a physical and soul level, the two become connected. Thing is, while the passion, heat and romance builds between the two, the pair’s love affair becomes caught up in a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal from the past.
Mateo and Gabby fight hard for their blossoming relationship, and against the drama that keeps following them. But there are decisions and sacrifices to make if they are really going to make it work. There’s nothing that Mateo won’t do to show his growing admiration for Gabby, even when the police get involved and he’s in the hot seat. His hand is forced he’s pushed to make moves he promised he would never do again, due to past events and to move forward with Gabby. Gabby is faced with the decision over what sacrifices she’ll make, and where she really sees her future. Back in Spain, London or 4,000 miles away in Puerto Rico. Romance, soul mate connection, heat, lies, betrayal and brushes with the law await readers in this exciting multicultural ‘second chance’ romance.
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What inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired to write this book because I had something to say about racism and I wanted to be a part of the conversation and I wanted to make a contribution to positive change through my gifts and after prayer and meditation this was the project that came to me and I continued to move on it and everything started to flow together. It has been 9 years since I wrote my 1st book so it was also time to give birth to another book and the Pandemic afforded me a chance to do that.
What can we expect from you in the future?
You can expect more children’s books. I really enjoyed the process and you can expect a book about Wisdom, you can expect another Poetry book as I have a Volume I so there has to be a Volume II. You can expect me to continue to write and create media that is thought provoking and entertaining with a message. I will continue to Entertain, Educate and Empower.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
No, I can’t think of any side stories about the characters.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in the book?
In “I Don’t Like Racism,” the main character is DaNyla. The story is told through her eyes as she witnesses police brutality done to her cousin and then she goes on a journey to find out why racism exists as she talks to her Mom, her Dad and her history teacher. She prays and seeks change through protesting and other positive community efforts and she continues to play with and continues to love on her multicultural friends.
How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
I basically thought it would be great to see a young girl talk about her views on racism and how it affects her and this would be good to educate children all ages about the subject of racism.
Where did you come up with the names in the story?
DaNyla is- (DA)Dallas where I am from and my two favorite entertainment cities (NY) New York and (LA) Los Angeles and Los Angeles is where I now reside. Her name is made up of three major cities where I want to really push the book to as well.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I enjoyed telling the illustrator the vision for the scene and based on what I described to her…Seeing her come back with an illustration that captured my vision and fit perfectly with the words I had written for the scene.
Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
What makes DaNyla tick is going on a journey to see why racism exists and how she can be a part of the peaceful protest to change/eradicate racism in her community and in the world.
How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
The title of my first book was Words Unspoken: Volume I- Deeper Than Eyes Can See (This title was simply me sharing all the words I write but never speak out loud and allowing readers a chance to hear my thoughts on love, relationships, historical subjects, entertainers, purpose and so much more.
The title for this book “I Don’t Like Racism” was simply the first words that the main character DaNyla said and this is how she truly feels about racism and this became the premise/theme for the whole book.
Who designed your book covers?
I design my book covers. I tell the graphic artist/illustrator exactly- the colors I want, the images, the layout and design of the book from front to back and we keep working at it until I can say… Yes…this is my vision…Love It!!
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
If I had to do it all over again… I would have started sooner on this book because this topic is so urgent for the current times we are living in.
Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned that this topic really does affect all ages. I didn’t realize that there were kids as early as six years old that are aware of racism and its affects on the human race and the importance of being an African-American children’s book author as we only make up 7% in this category.
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
If my book was made into a film I would like Marsai Martin or Quvenzhané Wallis.
Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I want to tell the readers to spread the message and the word about this book and please do write a review on Amazon etc. about what you have read and learned as a result of reading the book.
How did you come up with name of this book?
The title of this book was from the first words I had my character say. I thought it would make a great title.
What is your favorite part of this book and why?
My favorite part of the book is when she says “I love everyone, no matter their race. We are all different but we can all still embrace.” Then we see her in the illustration in the center of her multicultural friends.
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
I would definitely spend time with the main character DaNyla and I would go on the journey with her to eradicate racism.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
They are all from my imagination and what could happen.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story? Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
I have the reigns and I pass the baton to allow my characters to have the reign. This book is a must read because it’s going to teach us all the value of loving each other despite the color of our skin and it is a must read because racism is relevant right now.
Have you written any other books that are not published?
I have not written any other books that aren’t published, I have two published books.
If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
If my book had a candle it would be vanilla because it is a popular fragrance that most people like and buy and it has a sweet aroma to it.
What did you edit out of this book?
I edited out a few illustrations that didn’t quite align with the words I wrote.
Is there a writer which brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I’m inspired by all the African American children’s book authors that are on the bestseller’s list like a few are:
Matthew Cherry- “Hair Love” and Grace Byers-“I Am Enough,” and so many others.
I would ask how it feels to be on the bestsellers list and some of the steps they took with their book to get there in this genre.
Fun Facts/Behind the Scenes/Did You Know?’-type tidbits about the author, the book or the writing process of the book.
Did you know this book was written in one day? Did you know that the Author is really an introvert/reserved and somewhat shy and she communicates better through writing which is why she enjoys it because it is a form of self expression and it is relaxing and cathartic?
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Good question for the #90DayBlogChallenge. I have written about this before, if you had asked me this question a few years ago I probably would have said, ‘nah, I’ve never use them so I can’t see the value.’ This changed massively when I wrote my last novel. Sacrifices, Why so? Well possibly it’s down to how I personally story-tell. I’ve always kinda wrapped up the story and not needed a epilogue. And, I never wrote anything that I felt really need a prologue before chapter one. Is the short answer.
That was until I wrote my first ever historical romantic suspense. Firstly, because Sacrifices moves back and forward over the decades of the present day, 60s and, 80s, secondly because the story starts a bit like the movie Pulp Fiction. eg. from the end, then works backwards I needed a prologue. I found that if I didn’t have one I could not show in a clear way to readers, what’s happening now for my main character Jane. Then step back to the 80s and move around with the story for both my main characters.
I think, this switch in genre from just contemporary romance showed me as the writer, I really do need a prologue before chapter one. Literally it’s like two pages, so they don’t even need to be long, just long enough to set the scene.
Now interestingly, in the original first draft of Sacrifices, I did have an epilogue too. Once we reached the HEA for the characters, I then did give some story on ‘what happened next’ after the critical ending. I actually felt at the time this was again the best way to show readers a full rounded story, allow them to have any questions about the future answered, and a really nice way to round off! But that all changed during the editing process. LOL as things tend to. There is NO epilogue at all. The content is the same but it’s now the final chapter, and more active with dialogue in the present day setting. Rather than told as narrative.
Is There Any Real Point In them?
Yes! Three years maybe after I originally write about this and answered a writing prompt that’s similar, now I’d say yes. However, I do feel that my personal use with prologues and epilogues will only feature if I write a historical fiction. Reason being because as mentioned I tend to be able to start and wrap up a story (normally) without them. The time hopping has shown me from writing historical romance the use can enhance how the story told.
I must admit, as a reader I don’t really care for them, and love to jump into the story, but I do read the prologues as I may miss key things!
What about you as a writer, do you use them? Why or why not? What’s your thoughts as a reader?
Good question for the 90DaysBlogChallenge , personally I can write in both past or present. I can also do first or third person. I would not say when it comes to storytelling, that I do one better than the other– I do ’em all, and all well! But in the past I have gravitated naturally to present tense and first person. Most recently while writing my Unsolved Mysteries I’ve actually been drawn to the third person and past tense. More what readers are accustomed to you could say.
My next novel, Sacrifices is written in the present tense and third person, my Romance Set in Paradise and Romance in The City books are in the present tense but mixture of first and third. I guess I tend to mix it up depending on how I feel or how the story calls me to tell it.
Well, if we’re talking about preference yes I do have one LOL. I love the present tense style of writing, and also as a reader. Yes, it’s probably gotten a lot more popular now, compared to when I first started writing. I remember I had editors and publishers telling me, ‘no, romance is not written in the present tense, or first person.’ I gave that advice the middle finger, and kept it real and how I wanted to write. But in all honesty, what I love about the present tense is this: as a reader I’ve always found that it brings you closer to the story. While others may argue ‘that’s not how you recall or tell a story’, I really give this no attention. I love it as a reader, and some stories I’ve read I can’t even imagine it in the past tense, the present suits it. I also have found as a reader that it brings me closer to the character.
As a writer, when I first ever attempted to write a story I naturally, and I mean naturally gravitated to the present. I have no idea why? It didn’t even bother me or really occur to me to place it in the past tense. I just wrote and found it much more comfortable. I have heard other writers say it is, ‘more of a challenge.’ I really can’t comment I’ve not found that ever.
When it comes to the POV and person, again as a reader I do love a first person POV. Mainly for the same reasons as the tense, the closeness, getting to know the character. But I do agree it can be limiting, as in what you can show a reader I feel this as a writer and reader, who loves the first person.
How Do I Decide The Story Telling Style?
I let the story tell me, simple. Once I’ve outlined it and sit down to write whatever tense comes to me and feels more natural, I’ll go with. It’s as simple as that. I must say for some odd reason I did go with third person past tense for my Unsolved Mysteries the first two that I penned. I can’t guarantee that they will all be like this at all LOL. I let the characters and story talk to me, I have no real rules. But, as explained I do have a preference or where I may naturally gravitate.
Are There Pros and Cons For Each Tense and POV?
Sure, yeah I feel that there are. Some of which I’ve mentioned and do go into detail when I wrote The Art of Short Story and Novella Writing. However, I do feel that really it’s only a decision the writer can make, keeping in mind the ‘vibe’ I call it, they wish to give the reader. Do you want a little distance, or up close and personal? At the end of the day, I don’t personally feel that one tense or POV makes a story better, that’s down to how the writer writes it, or they show the story. I don’t feel that tense or POV really can enhance a badly written story, or make a good one even better if it’s already good!
What Have I Learned From Experimenting With Tense and POVs in writing?
First, to stick to what you naturally like. Ignore the words of others telling you, ‘this genre does not do that.’ Do what you want. Secondly, I think from writing more in the third person I’ve learned about ‘head hopping’ my editor has called it. The all important omniscient style of writing in third person. In fact, I really managed to curb the ‘head hopping’ and remain truly omniscient in my writing from writing Sacrifices!! And that’s from having a very strong editor to tell me to ‘pull up my socks.’ If you’re not sure what this is, basically head hopping is like jumping from one character’s POV, to another in the same paragraph, page, chapter etc. Either by internal thought or action.
I never really noticed that I had done that that often, but apparently I did LOL. So now I am much more aware of it, and how I could still show different POV’s in a better way in the third person, or remaining truly omniscient it was a great realisation.
In a nutshell, I like all tenses to write in but love the present. Same with the POV too I like them all, but have realised that the third does allow me to show more! Even if the first is something I love to read, and in the past have naturally gravitated to more when writing– not so much now. That said, I can’t say I would never write first person again. I just know I will, when the right story and character pops into my head.
Do you have a preference as a reader or writer? Or does it not really matter, as long as the story is told well?