Book Boyfriend/ Romance Author #1 : What d’ya Know About Author Asar? #BlackAuthorsMatter #amreading #romance

AsarHappy Sunday! Let’s get to know Author Asar, the first of our Book Boyfriends and  male Romance Authors of colour .  I have found that this author’s book covers really do speak to me, from what I’ve seen on Facebook he has some wonderful designs. Author Asar is signed to the publishing label Major Key, he has around seventeen books published in the romance genre, from a quick glance at his Amazon page That’s a LOT of books to discover!

Asar is a graduate of Gwynedd-Mercy University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. A lover of art, he has been writing since high school with the support of his family. Living in Philly, he works with children with autism as well as working for the Free Library of Philadelphia.

I recommend that all romance lovers give Author Asar a try, I certainly will be.  His book cover’s give off a pure love and sensuality vibe. Not only that he comes across as a man with a tender side for sure, judging by his Facebook posts he often posts while he’s in the middle of a writing sprint. He also shares a lot of the time  very positive and loving posts about women (cue the hugs and kisses for Asar). Some of his posts also have a very spiritual and uplifting feel to them. On the 23rd June he released a new romance called, ‘When Love Comes Down’. It has a five star review on and could be worth a look into as well.  This was a cover that caught my eye on Facebook last month.

Fun Facts About Author Asar

Hails from– Philadelphia

Star Sign- Gemini

Favourite Colour– Red

Hobbies– Reading comic books

Here’s a book that Author Asar is ‘very passionate about’ in his own words, that he would like to share:

 

Accidentally in Love by [Asar, Jay Pen Literary Services]

Childhood traumas brought Keonte and Shea together so many years ago. Growing up, they truly became friends with benefits, but in the sexual sense of the term. They grew up almost like siblings; inspiring, motivating, and pushing each other to be the best versions of themselves.

It would look to everyone around them that the two are in a relationship although Shea has been married for two years. However, Shea’s happy marriage isn’t all it looks to be. She’s controlled and cheated on by her wealthy husband, Jason, leading her to reach out to Keonte for peace and freedom.

But what happens when one fateful night, Keonte and Shea cross the one line they’ve never crossed before. After a heated night of bliss, a passionate affair begins and friends with benefits takes on a whole new meaning for the two.
Keonte and Shea have always been friends with benefits, but will now going beyond the benefits cost them the greatest friendship they’ve ever had?

Check this book out on Amazon here.

To see all of Author Asar’s romance books check out his Amazon page here, and please leave him a review if you enjoy. I’m sure he’d appreciate it!

What’s On Your Mind, Right Now?: Male Authors of Colour #amreading

Taking  a writing prompt of my own from 365 Days of  Writing Prompts for Romance Writers, this is exactly what’s on my mind right now. Over the last few weeks I’ve been writing a lot about the current state of affairs, when it comes to men of colour, their position in society and police brutality.  As I reflected it kind of got me thinking about their ‘position’ in my own industry as a writer. So I decided that on #BlackOutDay2020 which I wrote about here a few weeks back,  a day of solidarity I’d do a day where I do nothing but promote male authors of colour, regardless of his descent be it Asian-Indian Chinese, black or anything else. I had such an overwhelming response, while looking for authors from this demographic on Facebook! From women nominating men, and men putting themselves forward. So, instead a group of us will do promo for this demographic of authors all month from the 1st-31st July.

Why am I doing this?

Frankly, I’ve not been happy for a long time with how men of colour are treated generally within society at times, I will not say sorry for saying this either. I’m a mother of a black boy, I want the world to a better place for him when I’m gone. I also have black men I love and care for in my life, and hate hearing about the hardship, racism, and profiling they experience on a day to day basis.  As a writer, I feel that this demographic of authors don’t often get their voices heard, and are placed into a box of ‘urban’, as if that’s all they write. I wish to give something back in the best way I can, from behind the laptop. I can’t protest #blacklivesmatter or #blacklivesmatteruk due to having people with delicate health at home, and myself also falling into this category. The risk of non-social distancing could mean life or death put bluntly, but if we never had Covid-19 happening right now, I’d be on the streets! Protesting the hell out of it, after seeing George Floyd and Rayshard Brook’s deaths this year, as well as the countless cases I’ve followed in every corner of the world over the years, I’m fed up with the police’s brutality and racist behaviour generally from society. I can’t protest in person, so I’ll write about as a writer at Aspiring Authors Magazine to bring attention where needed, support the community and keep the movement going.

When you look at these men what do you see? Drug dealers, bums, aggressive men do they trigger you?? I hope not.  Some are husbands, fathers, grandfathers, uncles etc. They are human and beautiful! Most importantly, they are all well respected and hard-working authors, with published books worth checking out. Or at least getting to know a bit about them, before they are prejudged. They deserve readership, sales, and gaining fans like all authors do. From next week in all genres from romance, poetry, non-fiction and of course urban fiction you’ll learn a little bit about each one. Myself and a handful of other women will be celebrating men of colour in the literary world! Stay tuned.

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Sunday Free Reading, Goodies, and News From Author LaSasha Flame. #amreading

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Happy Sunday, happy to share with you today yet another author dedicated to supporting #blacklivesmatter and #blacklivesmatteruk, here’s a newsletter from Author LaSasha Flame, filled with news, goodies, free reads and some authors of colour she’s showcasing this month! Check out her letter here on this link.

Freedom Was Granted But, Don’t Lose Focus Now. #freedom #blacklivesmatter #blacklivesmatteruk

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I want to take a moment to acknowledge today from overseas, as many African-Americans  across the water  might be celebrating! The date 19th June or Juneteenth freedom  was granted for ancestors from slavery . It’s a day to remember, no doubt.  You know what’s funny I posted on Facebook today a celebration message for this demographic of people, and last night I posted a very important clip of Rayshard Brook’s unfortunate encounter with the police in Atlanta on the 12th June, showing how he was not resisting arrest and no threat. Do you know I lost two Facebook friends, laugh as I write this, and I laughed when I noticed also.

Why? Because  firstly, it shows a high level of ignorance  that’s still out there, people are still unwilling to face facts, that statistics support the argument that there is a serious problem with law enforcement towards men of colour. Secondly,  that some are  still unwilling to accept that a person of colour would want to express celebration for freedom, that should have rightfully been theirs anyway. Now, if that bothers you, you need to get over yourself and remember who the victims are here, and have historically  been.

It certainly is not law enforcement, and it certainly is not those who choose to not want to be friends with a person of colour highlighting celebration of a key date, and that white  male police officers in the USA and where I’m from have a lot to answer for. You can’t dispute it, the statistics are too strong.

So happy June 19th my African-American cousins!! Us overseas rejoice with you, and support your fight for equality ( again after all these years), so that people can ‘get their foot of your neck’ as Malcolm X once said!

Have a wonderful day, and everyday that we have freedom from racist, derogatory, and downright disrespectful behaviour, and the right to  not be killed at the drop of a hat. You continue the fight! We salute and stand by you overseas have a wonderful day.

With love

Kim

From Award Winner to Amazon Best Selling Author – My Thank you.

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Good afternoon guys,

I really am trying to be happy every writer wants to be an Amazon ‘best seller’ one day. Personally I was happy with  just awards! That’s another blog post lol it made me very emotional to win ‘Best Romance 2017’.  But, in all honesty first I want to thank everyone personally who has pre-ordered a copy of 365 Days of Writing Prompts for Romance Writers and every future reader of my writer’s reference. From the bottom of my heart I appreciate you, and I hope one of my prompts and tips on crafting realistic and page-turning romance turns you in to a best-seller and/or award-winner too in the genre.  I hope I spark some great stories! I woke up to an orange banner and notification I just became an Amazon Best Selling Author. I find it ironic I have achieved this by penning something outside my normal genre LOLZ.

It’s a massive achievement for me from Award Winner and I thank you. I’ve never thought about this day, or how I would feel I just want to write because…well, I can! And love it. The truth is this achievement has come during the aftermath of a very serious event in Atlanta.

Seriously, I’m grieving  people I woke up this morning  switched on the news again, and was over run with emotion just as I was when I went to bed last night. My good news didn’t even stem the anger, upset, frustration and personal trauma I felt as I watched the scenes in Atlanta. Another black man has died unjustly at the hands of a white police officer, and it was my intention to focus in on a blog post about this! Not write this thank you note. I am humbled, thankful and extremely appreciative, but I’m grieving to the point I could not greet my Facebook family as I normally do with a ‘good morning’.

Once again, thank you and good luck all romance writers around the world.

Love Kim

 

Day Of Solidarity 7th July- Justice For George Floyd #BlackOutDay2020 #BlackOutDay #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForGeorge #ICantBreathe

It’s been an interesting day, so I’ve been following the news as usual and learned something key as the evening draws in. Support for the black community in the USA is needed, there’s a way that those overseas can help should they wish, no matter where you are in the world. I often feel at a loss with how I can show support  to my community where needed on issues that impact me overseas, this is a good one!  The rapper T.I who I’m sure you probably know has suggested as a way to show support for change over  George Floyd’s death at the hands of another white officer, there is a day where black Americans, Hispanics, Asian-Americans and any person of colour doesn’t spend one cent within America’s corporate system. They buy black’ or not at all’, according to T.I.  This is #BlackOutDay2020   on 7th July 2020

 

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I’ve never heard of this before, however I see the point of it, and that it’s an additional way to add the much needed pressure for change over the law enforcement’s treatment of black men, brown men and the black and brown community in general in the USA. I’m with it! Totally,  I will take part from across the water but I’m just one person. If you’re a person of colour reading  this no matter where you are in the world, I’d like to encourage you to take part by simply not spending any money on the 7th July 2020,  in a big corporate store. If you can or need to, buy from a store that is ‘black owed’ or owned by a minority person(s) or just don’t spend at all if possible on the 7th July 2020. Spread the word, search social media  for #BlackOutDay2020 7th July 2020 and help support the cause. What happened to George Floyd in my personal view was a modern day form of lynching of a black man, by a  man who has a history of reports against him for his man handling of black men. I’m the mother of a black male, I have family, friends etc who are black men and  I’m not happy. I’m pretty pissed! I’ve had just about all I can stand, I wrote an open letter this week and shared my views on this disgrace! I want change if in 2020 there are people who still see my son, cousin, uncle, friend etc  or anyone else’s son, cousin, friend etc  as some kind of threat to be mistreated for who they are skin deep. This shit is serious people! Let it simmer and let’s take action. Share the details on #BlackOutDay2020 and make change!

At the time of writing this, the last report I read the officer is now in police custody and I hope he  faces some serious charges!

#BlackLivesMatter

#JusticeForFloyd

#ICantBreathe

#BlackOutDay2020

 

 

Why Does He Trigger You?

Yet again I woke up in a real reflective mood, I  checked the news to see what’s going on. I’m  Just thinking out loud, I woke up this morning and looked at my son, but I looked at him different. I didn’t see his pretty eyes, long braids, beautiful face and cute smile with missing teeth and admire him 😆. Nope, for a good minute or two I stared at him and I saw him in ten years aged sixteen, well over six foot. (His dad’s 6’3 and already my boy is over half the size of me I’m 5’5 😳), I imagined facial hair, long braids and his natural powerful build and stance that make black men so amazing to look at fully clothed💯.

 

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Then I wondered if the world will still see his beauty, that I see and what makes him a black male as a monster, would ‘Karen’ call the cops on him for the entering a location. Would society see him as a threat. I really hope not and there’s only one way to ensure that 😤 I’m telling you, black Americans and all supportive white Americans keep applying that pressure people around the world are supporting you apply it where needed, don’t let these modern day slave masters and wolves in sheep’s clothing who’ve just swapped their whips for a uniform and a gun get away with it! I don’t care who doesn’t like what I have to say about the law enforcement, they need to show me something different before I can change my POV. If the police in Europe aren’t such savages towards men of colour why do they need to be 🧐 that is a statement not a question!

The case that hurt me the most was probably Trayvon Martin’s, I still think about it but I think George Floyd’s has topped it after watching that video and also the man who was jogging a few weeks back it really hurts me still. Black men, brown men, we love you, you are needed and I love you from the bottom of my heart even if I never had a son, I just do. There’s something about you that has the world on edge, you’re capable of so much if given the right resources and start in life, I think that itself some don’t like the idea of 😤.

Anyway I’ll try not to rant today, I said try… not promise 😆 depends what’s on my timeline  on Facebook and in the news today 😤💯. Good morning though.

#blacklivesmatter
#justiceforgeorge

Dear African American Man -An Open Letter #JusticeForFloyd #BlackLivesMatter #ICantBreathe

In the last twenty four hours I’ve been pretty disgusted ( more than normal), about the police brutality against men of colour in America.  After I viewed the video of George Floyd’s death while surrounded by four police officers,  while one of them had his knee on his neck while George said ‘I can’t breathe’  I took to Facebook. I followed some reports, then  I wrote an open letter to African American men just randomly without over thinking it, well  for all men of colour. I’m sharing it here today as It means so much to me in-light of what’s going on right now. If you feel just as disgusted as I do, do something anything it could be so small. Advocate, provide encouragement, share news reports and most of all apply the fucking pressure where needed for change!! America’s statistics of deaths of black men at the hands of police and society in general is not the ‘norm’ , or standard any country should aspire to! Compared to the rest of the world it’s very worrying.

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Dear African American man,

I don’t understand what’s happening in the USA, why there are so many deaths at the hands of police officers. It’s very hurtful for me to see as a non American, in my part of the world it’s not something we experience so often. But if this is read by any African American male just know while the world is against you, I’m here still in your corner, praying for you, I still support you, and no matter what reputation you’ve gained globally, or in your own country I will never give up on you. You’re not perfect I know 🙄, no one is and your lives are full of challenges from:

The police.
Society.
Men who look like you.
And women who look just like me. Some put you down and feel ‘you ain’t worth shit’ in such general terms, when it’s not ALL of you.

Truth is, to me you’re worth so much more than gold. Your style, your strength, your physical build, your mind, intelligence, the different shades you come in 🥴 everything about you ‘dazzles’ me and some times when I look at some of you I blush 😉 you’re amazing. 😍. I love all of it and you too, I always will. I feel so proud of you and to have been blessed with a son. Whether it’s a black British man, African American man, Caribbean man or African man you are just the shit!! 🖤✔️🙌🏽 Don’t forget that.

But seriously, I wanna ask you a favour can you please come together and stop killing each other and intelligently reclaim your credibility and place in society? You’re stronger together than as enemies. Right now, you’re at war with others it’s time to bring out the ‘intelligent, inner warrior’ in you. Malcolm, Martin, Marcus etc you know these names what advice did they have for your survival? Think back 🤔. Please stay strong, out of trouble, and fight back against the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual attack on you.

Keep safe! With love, your number one supporter.
Kim.

 

#BlackLivesMatter    #JusticeForFloyd #ICantBreathe