Chase Harper is sexy, intelligent, a style icon, and one of the most popular artists on the Pop/R&B scene. He’s also the object of all his female fans’ desires, but one in particular will go to great lengths for her desires to be met.
As his Number One Fan, nothing will stop Kennedy Hightower from being with her idol. A self-proclaimed loner with overwhelming relationship problems, Kennedy looks to her favorite star to fill a void in her life. Her admiration for Chase becomes extreme when it turns into excessive adulation and infatuation, leaving Chase wondering if he should fear for his life.
Will Kennedy’s wish to be with Chase become fulfilled or will Chase bring Kennedy back to reality?
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With four books under her belt, Author Lakia Nichole continues to embark on this literary journey with gratefulness. She still considers herself relatively new to this highly competitive business, but dubs her works as “page turners”. Lakia’s novels are a certain breed of literary material with an “out of this world” imagination that she incorporates in her story lines.
Get to know the author:
1) What is Number One Fan about?
Number One Fan is about a young woman who becomes extremely obsessed with her favorite celebrity. The book also touches on what is called Celebrity Worship Syndrome. A lot of people suffer from this and don’t even realize it. My character Kennedy is the perfect example of a person with CWS but on a more extreme level. People who suffers from this are typically people who struggles with relationships in their lives, so they look to celebrities they admire to fill a void. Kennedy struggles socially as well as in relationships, particularly with men. I’m really excited about the release of the book. It’ll shed light on a real life issue, but it’s also a sexy thriller, full of drama, suspense, and it’ll definitely keep you on the edge of your seat page by page.
2) Do you write one particular genre?
I want to say Urban Contemporary. My style of writing is not too “project” but it’s not too “suburbs”either. I really want to say it’s somewhere in between. I’m always up for writing any genre, but I have to be in the mood to do so. My third book is a non-fiction about my life, but I don’t plan to write another non-fiction for a long time, if at all. My true passion is fiction/Urban Contemporary.
3) What is the name of your publishing company and what does it mean?
It’s New Breed Publishing. It means to originate; to make new or improved and to develop a unique style. I incorporate originality into my story lines, and I expect my fiction authors to do the same. In such a competitive business where duplication is evident, New Breed Publishing strives to not recycle the story lines that we often read.
4) What are the names of your other books?
My first book is titled “Hidden Confessions. My second book is the sequel to “Hidden Confessions” and it’s titled “Unveiled”. I am re-releasing them this year, so expect a new look, new content, and better editing/formatting with those. My third book is “Unbroken”, the book I spoke of earlier. It chronicles my experience in dealing with child loss, lack of self-love, financial/business failure, and rising above the pain from them all.
5) Who are your favorite authors?
I will forever love “Coldest Winter Ever” by Sistah Souljah. When I first read that book, I didn’t expect the impact it had on me. CWE is one of those books that you’ll never forget, because the story line was so real and raw. She inspired me to write stories that will impact my readers just the same. Danielle Steele kinda set the foundation of why I wanted to become an author. Her story lines just draws you in. You’ll be wanting more from her when you’re done with the last page. Terry McMillan is like my literary aunt in my head…LOL. Much like Danielle, she writes leaving you wanting more at the end.
6) If you could turn one of your books into a feature film, which one would it be & who would play the main character?
I would definitely choose “Number One Fan”. Taraji Henson would play my main character, Kennedy.
7) Any advice for aspiring authors?
Keep on writing and don’t ever lose focus. Stay optimistic!
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The Sisterhood tells the story of what becomes possible when intelligence and hope are channeled into an outrageous mission. Founded by Vivian Delacroix – The Sisterhood Foundation is a non-government organization funded by MSK Incorporated, a massive multinational built over decades by an organization of black women. The women invest billions into leading edge technology, pooling their profits into communities, schools, and treatment centers in the battle against Cocanol, a new and addictive drug.
The group is overwhelmingly successful until their progress is noticed by the Raptor, a ruthless enemy with pawns in the US government and ties to the Cocanol manufacturers and international power houses intent on controlling the world. As a first step in a war on the Sisterhood, Vivian is assassinated, triggering a Homeland Security investigation, a Senate inquiry, and a series of increasingly dangerous events.
To survive, the women, led by Chief Security Officer Tonia Rawlings, must fight against unseen forces. Battling across a public stage of media coverage and Wall Street, the women rush against all odds to outwit their foes – even as they execute the final stage of Vivian’s secret plan.
As their enemies draw near, the women risk everything, testing the bonds of faith, marriage and friendship. Along the way, they discover awful truths, make strange alliances and learn why they are the most dangerous women the world has ever seen. Together, they put everything on the line – testing themselves and the limitations the world tries to place on them.
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Nichol Bradford, CEO/Founder, Willow. Nichol Bradford is fascinated by human potential, and has always been interested in how technology can help individuals expand beyond their perceived mental limits to develop and transform themselves to the highest level. She spent the last decade exploring these ideas in the online game industry, serving as a senior executive with responsibility for strategy, operations and marketing for major brands that include: Activision/Blizzard, Disney, and Vivendi.
Most recently she managed the operations of Blizzard properties, including World of Warcraft, in China. Now, as the CEO of the Willow Group, Nichol is applying same skills to the realm of elevating psychological well-being. Willow is a transformative technology company focused on employing rigorous scientific research to develop training protocols, hardware and software that can produce a reliable and positive change in the human experience.
Nichol has an MBA from Wharton School of Business in Strategy, and a BBA in Marketing from the University of Houston. She is a fellow of the British American Project, currently serves on the board of the Brandon Marshall Foundation for Mental Health, and is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of The Sisterhood, and an amatuer boxer.
Get to know Nichol:
1) Why did you write the Sisterhood?
I wrote the book I wanted to read about strong yet vulnerable and intelligent black women committed to a great and grand goal — mental freedom and empowerment for all. I was tired of not seeing heroes that looked like me. I wanted to see someone like me save the world, not as a side kick or agency head, but as the actual, certifiable central hero. I wanted to read about Olivia Pope back then, and since she didn’t exist yet, I wrote my own. I also wanted really well-developed characters who had something on their minds other than men. So some of the characters are happily married, and some are single, but most of all their focus is not just on their men (or lack thereof) but on their friendship and common goals. I also love technology and so wanted the women to be deeply immersed in that world.
2) Why are there nine leaders in the Sisterhood?
The Sisterhood is more than a book, it is also a teaching narrative. Each of the women represents one of nine leadership traits (discipline, self-knowledge, financial stewardship, service, sacrifice, education, vision, innovation, and entrepreneurship). In The Sisterhood, how they address challenges to their survival illustrates what is possible with collective action and individual excellence. They present a powerful illustration of what a group of focused women can do together.
The concept came to me on a late night drive home from a success workshop I gave during college for a group of high-school girls. That night, I had the group stand in a circle and tell each other, one at a time and by name, that they were smart, beautiful, and could have anything that they wanted and worked for. It was a hard session, with most of the girls unable to accept the endorsement without tears. So many of them simply could not see it, much less believe it.
As I drove home, I thought that there had to be a better way to illustrate what fulfilling one’s potential would look like – something more penetrating than quotes from self-help books and short workshop sessions. On that drive, I decided to write The Sisterhood. I conceived of an organization of women, who faced a series of challenges. Addressing those challenges would allow me to “show” versus “tell” how an individual can be successful. I went home and jotted the basic plot down which today is more or less the same.
3) How can I use the Sisterhood to make a Life Action Plan?
The book can be read just for entertainment, or it can be read as a skills blueprint. Each of the characters is informed by several major skills and personality testing programs, like the Meyers-Briggs test and the Leadership Women’s EQ. There’s a workbook that allows the reader to assess her own skills as she reads the book and then make an action plan to fill in the areas where she’d like to excel.
4) Are the 9 women based on real people you know?
The nine leaders are based on ALL the women I know – from the amazing women I grew up around, to those I pledged AKA with in 1990, to the women I met at in the African-American MBA Association at business school, to all the women I’ve met along the way . One of the things I love about this book is that it represents the full diaspora – every size, shape, and hue of black women. The women come from all backgrounds, educations, and geographies but they share a common bond through their desire to positively impact their world. So, who is a woman of the Sisterhood? If you are reading this interview then she might just be you. Or maybe she’s the woman who works next to you. From businesswomen to teachers to any profession, any smart and talented woman you admire could be a secret member of The Sisterhood. That’s part of the fun of the book too – wondering about the women in your life to guess who might be in The Sisterhood already – because maybe it isn’t just a book.
5) I’ve heard allot about encouraging Black women to join STEM fields and learn how to code. Did you hope that the Sisterhood would help that cause?
The Sisterhood makes its initial wealth from very well placed investments in technology companies. They use that to buy into established but declining industries that they innovate and to set up their own labs to create the technology of the next generation. Being tech-aware and tech-savvy is at the core of their success. I do hope that young women read The Sisterhood and become more interested in technology because they see the power that it can have to create possibilities and wealth.
6) Did you write yourself into the Sisterhood? Which character are you?
There’s a part of me in every character. But the visionary of the Sisterhood is Vivian Delacroix who is based on my mother Vivian Jones Bradford. My mother was a visionary and entrepreneur. She was completely committed to helping women and supporting the efforts of black women in particular. She believed most in defending the defenseless and used her legal education to do so. I started volunteering by her side when I was a child and she made sure that my values included service to the betterment of society.
7) Why should I tell my friends about the Sisterhood?
You should tell your friends that you’ve found this great book where the black women save the world. Then tell them that there’s a character in it that reminds you of them – because that will happen while you read it – you will see yourself and all of your closest friends. Then challenge them to read it in the next 30 days so you can talk about it and make your action plans together to fulfill your absolute potential and make all your hopes and dreams possible.
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This fast-paced novel introduces you to Tracey, an educated, beautiful go-getter who gets caught in an unexpected web of sex, lies, and reality television. Tracey wants what’s best for her and her friends but is she willing to pay the price required to walk the red carpet?
Tracey lets nothing get in her way as she pursues her dreams and creates an unimaginable life leaving all she’s ever known behind as she takes on an unknown journey aiming only for success.
Fame Whore is a story of friendship, lust, and the life-altering decisions Tracey must make on the road to fame. Join Tracey behind the scenes as she rises from a local no name city girl to a trending sensation.
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Lacy B is a novelist, mother and philanthropist. Before the completion of her debut novel Fame Whore she worked in various industries, from sales and marketing to healthcare management and non-profit programming. Although writing has always been her passion it took her a while to rediscover her writing chops. When she’s not busy penning her next novel you can find her relaxing at home with her two children.
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Tell us about your book Fame Whore and what made you choose that title?
Fame Whore is really a story of a young woman’s journey to success. We all have options and some of us choose to start a family and live a traditional lifestyle while others chase fame and fortune. In the book you will notice the choices Tracey, the main character, makes and how her decisions lead her on a destructive path. The title came to me while I was describing the character to a friend and it just stuck.
What made you write this book? Is the story based off of personal experience?
The reason I wrote this book is because I have always wanted to write. I just didn’t know what to write about. With the hype of reality television, that’s what everyone ever talks about anymore, I felt it was a good theme to write on. I started researching the characters to find out they were educated, sophisticated and accomplished women who just wanted to be on TV for one reason or another. The story is totally fiction. It’s my take on how these women end up on reality shows.
What part of the story do you most relate to?
There is a scene that got me emotional just writing it. It’s when Tracey and her boyfriend breakup. A lot of women can relate to that scene. We have all experienced it either through a friend or first hand having our heart broken by someone we thought we loved and loved us. Even though they love each other they say and do some very hurtful things in the process. Him being selfish and trying to hold her back is what pushes her to go even harder once she moves.
Is this the type of book you wanted to write or did you want to write on a different topic?
When I sat down to write I wanted to write nonfiction books for women that help them make better choices when it comes to love and relationships, wellness and entrepreneurship. I actually accomplished that in this story so I am very pleased.
How long did it take you to write Fame Whore?
It took me about three months of writing time. I procrastinated a lot with the process. I would stop and then start writing only to stop again. Then I just told my self to finish the book I set writing goals and with the help of my editor Michele I got it done.
DreamFields Publishing is your company why did you decide to self publish?
After researching the industry I noticed the time it took to send out query letters and get an agent was pretty lengthy. Not to mention that just because you sent them doesn’t mean you will get published. I knew this wouldn’t be by only book so I started DreamFields Publishing. It has been a learning experience but I am glad I took the self-publishing route.
Aside from your novel Fame Whore what else can we expect from Lacy B?
I am currently working on my next novel titled Bounce about a young woman who gets caught up in a life of crime. I have a weekly YouTube show called Ratchet Re-Cap where each week I review your favorite reality shows and urban dramas. There is also my t-shirt line iWrite Author Gear® apparel and promotional items for authors and go-getters alike.
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Website: www.LacyWBell.com or www.iWriteLacy.com
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How to Submit a Winning Scholarship Application: Secret Techniques I Used to Win $100,000 in College Scholarships Author: Shay Spivey, BSW, MSW
Shay Spivey shares her proven tips and techniques that helped her win over $100,000 in college scholarships and free financial aid toward her own undergraduate and graduate degrees.
“Congratulations on your decision to search for alternative ways to pay for college!
As a scholarship winner and college graduate, I have developed proven tips and techniques that helped me win over $100,000 in college scholarships and free financial aid. As a proven expert and professional consultant in my respective field, I am devoted to helping others find, apply, and win free money to go to college. In this guide I will share with you my proven tips and techniques on how to submit a winning scholarship application.”
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Get to know Shay:
What sparked the idea for your book?
I wrote this book to fill a special need in the community. I wish I had this book when I was in high school because I would not have felt so lost. I dropped out after my sophomore year when I ran out of money. Years later I decided to return to college as an adult and began researching alternative ways to pay for college. I won $100,000 in college scholarships and want to help others find free money to complete their degree.
How personal is your writing?
I decided to return to college as an adult and spent a significant amount of time researching alternative ways to pay for college. I am passionate about scholarships and financial aid and I hope that comes through in my writing. When trying to find a way to put myself through college as a single parent, I was blessed to find my purpose in life. Every step of my journey has led to this moment and I believe that with all my heart. I sincerely want to help others achieve their educational goals without going into debt.
Why are scholarships and free financial aid important?
College is expensive. Scholarships and financial aid are vital to the equal access, enrollment, and retention of underrepresented students in colleges and universities. Tuition costs are rising at an alarming rate and the rising costs of higher education have many people wondering if they can afford college. Education changes lives and scholarships and free financial aid make it affordable.
What do you want readers to get from your book?
There are several things I hope readers learn after reading my book: (1) An understanding about scholarships and financial aid; (2) how to submit a winning scholarship application; (3) how to prepare in advance; (4) how to create an advantage; and (5) what scholarships judges are looking for. Most importantly, I want people to walk away feeling empowered, knowing that they too can change their life.
How did you win $100,000 in college scholarships?
I won over $100,000 in college scholarships which allowed me to return to college and change my life. Returning to college was a priority for me. Therefore, I made finding the money to pay for it a priority as well. One thing was certain in my situation: No money, no college.
I treated the process of applying for scholarships and free financial aid like it was the last chance I might ever have to return to college… because it was. This was it. College was my ticket out of poverty, my chance to change my life, and the opportunity I had been waiting for.
If I could not convince scholarship organizations to help me financially, I had no other way to pay for college. I put my heart and soul into telling my story and getting it into the hands of anyone who could help. Applying for scholarships opportunities became my part-time job, and I was determined to give it my best shot.
What motivated you to return to college in your thirties?
There were many motivating factors that played a part in my decision to return to college and earn my degree. One motivating factor was feeling stuck in an entry level job, living paycheck to paycheck, struggling, and watching the world pass me by. I attempted several times to apply for better positions, however I learned that without a college degree opportunities for advancement did not exist for me. I needed to make a change or I felt like I would die a death of stagnancy. I felt like my life was going nowhere.
What is next for you, Shay?
I am currently working on my next project which addresses another need: Scholarships and financial aid for private high schools.
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***For mature audience 18+***
Newly engaged to Tyler,
Michelle needed to get away,
To escape her controlling fiancé,
So, to Durham College she goes to stay.
Surrounded by friends and a certain boy named Jax,
Michelle finally feels like she belongs.
Jax is a dream come true,
But Tyler's possessiveness stays strong.
Michelle knows who her heart should pick,
The Bass Guitarist for a Christian Rock band.
But her boyfriend Tyler doesn't like to give up what's his,
Can Michelle risk Jaxon taking a stand?
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A decision was made
Michelle chose the one
That would make her as happy as can be
And her heart they had won
Michelle knows relationships aren’t easy
Challenges there will be
But what they’ll endure
Makes Michelle want to flee
The love of her life
Has been threatened, you see
So now once again a decision must be made
A difficult one indeed.
There will be jealousy and threats
A surprise at the end
Someone making the ultimate sacrifice for love
And a heart that might never mend.
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*** For mature audiences 18+***
Sacrifice of a love affair...
And blackmail spoken
Michelle's number one priority was keeping Jax safe but she soon discovers that perhaps it was a tragic mistake.
Why isn't he looking for me?
Has he forgotten me already?
I'm drowning in a sea of darkness
Please save me from this misery.
Since the first moment he laid eyes on Michelle, Jax knew she was "the one", but her constant need to run from their relationship has him wondering if she cares about him at all.
Why did she leave me?
She took a part of me that day
Things just aren't adding up
I just can't stay away.
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A Silent Canvas is Melissa Ann’s debut novel. What began as an idea three years ago, blossomed into a full-fledged historical romance series. Since the resurrection of her first novel, Melissa has also written a New Adult Contemporary Series which is scheduled to be re-released April 16th, 2015. Melissa currently lives in the Great White North with her husband and two children. She’s an avid supporter of World Wildlife Fund and makes an effort to involve herself as well as her family in fundraising campaigns for various charities. Melissa has an Employment Counsellor Diploma from Fleming College, but she prefers writing stories over resumes. When’s she not busy in the office helping her husband, she gets to do what she enjoys most… writing, reading and spending time with her children.
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Naomi Savoy is five days away from marrying Jordan Lennox, the man of her dreams, when she is faced with her worst nightmare. Her sister is missing. When her search for her sister sets her on a path into her past, she is forced to ask for help from the last person on earth she ever wished to see again - Garth Duhaney - a man she has both loved and hated for most of her life and whose power over her she has never been able to break.
Jordan Lennox knows his wife-to-be is hiding things in her past. But his love for her keeps him believing that one day she will come clean. But when the secrets force him on a trip across the ocean only days before their wedding, he begins to question whether love is really enough.
Will love keep them together or will it all fall apart when everything is uncovered?
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A serial killer has the people of Pittsburgh on edge, and Detective Daniel Hayes and his hand-picked Special Assignment Squad are working feverishly to solve the case before more innocent lives are lost. But the killer proves to be a formidable foe, whose viciousness appears to be matched only by his ability to elude capture.
Throughout Small Talk, the reader is given glimpses into the mind of this cunning and sadistic murderer, an individual who seeks a face-to-face confrontation with his pursuers, a confrontation Daniel is only too willing to provide.
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About Robert Germaux:
Robert Germaux and his wife, Cynthia, live outside of Pittsburgh. After three decades as a high school English teacher, and now a good many years into retirement, he is beginning to have serious doubts about his lifelong dream of pitching for the Pirates.
Small Talk is Robert Germaux’s second book. His first book, The Backup Husband, is a contemporary romance novel, available on Amazon.
Robert Germaux Author Q & A
I see you were a high school English teacher for thirty years. That’s quite an accomplishment! Were you doing much writing during this time?
No, I wasn’t, mainly because I was too busy grading my students’ papers, along with doing the thousand-and-one other things involved with teaching. And to be honest, I really didn’t think of myself as a writer during those years.
What made you decide to take the plunge and publish your first book, The Backup Husband?
Pretty much just the desire to put my work out there, to see if it was as good as I hoped it was.
Why did you take the Indie route?
I’d written several books about a private detective named Jeremy Barnes, but my agent and I hadn’t been able to find a publisher for them. I knew how popular eBooks were becoming, so I thought I’d try that route.
The Backup Husband is a contemporary romance novel. Small Talk is about a serial killer. Was this a conscious decision to keep your book genre choices open?
No, not really. I’d had the idea for The Backup Husband floating around in my head for some time, and after I wrote it, I thought it might be the best book for my initial foray into the world of eBooks. My other books are all crime novels, and that’s the genre I most enjoy.
What kind of research did you do for Small Talk?
I was fairly knowledgeable about standard police procedures, but I had to do a lot of research into the technical aspects of the investigation by Daniel and his squad, things like facial recognition software, etc. I also had to educate myself about what can be learned at autopsy, which wasn’t my favorite part of the research for this book.
What would you say has been the most difficult thing about Indie publishing?
I knew next to nothing about Indie publishing, and at first, it seemed as though every time I learned something, that led to two or three other “somethings” I had to learn. It was very frustrating.
Are you currently working on a new book?
I’m finishing the final edit on One by One, the next case for Daniel and the Special Assignment Squad.
Do you have any advice for new Indie authors?
I would recommend that they educate themselves as much as possible about the world of Indie publishing, but even more important, try to find someone who already knows all this stuff and is willing to guide you through the process. When I decided to put The Backup Husband online, I had no idea what I was doing, which made for a long and arduous experience. With Small Talk, I’ve been lucky enough to have Susan Barton in my corner, making the whole process a delight.
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