777 Challenge

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I’m sure you know what a 777 Challenge is because you’ve probably read a ton of them. They’re simple: a writer goes to the 7th page of their current work-in-progress and posts the first seven sentences.

I was tagged to do this one ages ago by my friend Kayti Nika Raet, author of the fabulous Outsider Chronicles, and promised myself to do it but it was April and April is National Poetry Month and I was posting a poem a day for thirty days and the rest is history.

So almost thirty days later, my 777 is from my current WIP, book one of The Keeper Series, DUTCH. And for those of y’all who don’t know, The Keeper Series is a dark erotic romance being published by SWERVE, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, in 2017.

The quick and dirty on DUTCH:

Dutch Mathew is a lethal killer for The Gate.
Juma Landry has nine lives.
He is tasked with ending each and every one of them.
She isn’t going to make that easy.

And now the 777 on DUTCH:

“Also, no kissing. I know my lips look like they’re made for kissing, but that isn’t going to happen. My lips will not meet yours, now or ever, so push that idea out of your head. Nothing about ‘I am going to fuck you’ implies I’m also going to kiss you. Nothing. Not one fucking thing. So stop gazing longingly at my mouth, gorgeous, because there is no way in hell my tongue is going down your throat. None whatsoever.”

GAH.

Dutch is a motherfucking bastard and I love him.

Madly.

Get ready, folks – The Keepers are coming…

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#WednesdayFreeWrite – TRIPTYCH

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TRIPTYCH OF SELF

Wanted white-girl thighs
vomited up my teen-worth
yet thin eluded

Cigarette skinny
no hips no thighs but still strove
for that model look

Curves with a booty
forties and sexy with smiles
finally self love


My #WednesdayFreeWrite series is based on what I write during the 10 minutes allotted my writing group’s Wednesday Prompt. As always, these pieces are works of fiction, erupting from my incredibly over-active imagination. They are unedited and unscripted, super loose and probably my favorite ten minutes of the week. They are perfect in their imperfections and I hope you enjoy.

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EUDAIMONIA

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EUDAIMONIA

The twine that joins us
is taut tense
fraught with cruel impossibility
as if Fate became bored
with her daily shenanigans
and cast us in her crosshair
what once seemed calm
cool and collected
is now anything but

I know not what to do
with the reality of you
unattainable and yet
you are my perfection
to surely become
my life’s greatest irony
my one brutal heartbreak

If that is to be our truth
then break me lover
carve your initials on my soul
burn your name into my skin
kiss me into oblivion
shatter my everything
as I shall rise again
battered
bruised
alive


The #Poesia pieces on this blog and Write Bitches are works of fiction, erupting from my incredibly over-active imagination. They are slightly edited, totally unscripted, spontaneous, super loose, and probably some of my favorite works. They are perfect in their imperfections and I hope you enjoy.

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#Poesia – RENDER ME PRETTY

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RENDER ME PRETTY

she sucked in her belly
and wished her thighs
were smaller
breasts a little perkier
arms more shapely
he studied her
in quiet stupefaction
awed by her curves
her hollows
her everything
You are a work of art
he kissed into her skin
she smiled
relaxed and
felt beautiful


The #Poesia pieces on this blog and Write Bitches are works of fiction, erupting from my incredibly over-active imagination. They are slightly edited, totally unscripted, spontaneous, super loose, and probably some of my favorite works. They are perfect in their imperfections and I hope you enjoy.

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*photo credit: David Choe “Booty”

Dutch + Juma – The Playlist

If you’ve been following my blog, then you know I don’t write to music, and not because I don’t love music but because I love it a little too much.

It seeps into my bones, moves through my blood, and gets my booty shaking without me even realizing I’m in motion. And even though I once wrote a death scene to some Mozart, and I’ve been known to indulge in some bhangra here and there, for the most part, while writing I keep the speakers turned low.

[An interesting writing quirk – I can write entire novels with the television on, but you put on some music and shit, you’re lucky to get a paragraph out of me.]

That does not mean music doesn’t play a part in my books and characters – of course, it does – I just wrote about Rihanna and her ANTI album and how it is so JUMA. Every last word of it. And how it inspired me to get back to my words and stories and oh god, I need to stop now lest I devolve into another love letter to Rihanna, because like I mentioned in the original love letter, I kind of have a Rihanna problem.

Instead let me get chatty about some other music. Music that for one reason or another, feels so very Dutch and Juma – dark, sexy, lust-filled gorgeousness – a playlist of sorts, organized in no particular order besides a little pleasure for your ear drums. When I hear these songs, I have to stop and listen and let them move through me, really groove me, slow and seductive-like, just as D+J demand.

Take a peek, maybe have a listen, and get ready – The Keepers Are Coming Spring 2017

In A Sentimental Mood, John Coltrane

Moorni “Balle Balle”, Panjabi MC

Way Down We Go, Kaleo

Electric Relaxation, Tribe Called Quest

Tennessee Whiskey, Chris Stapleton

I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl, Nina Simone

Tearing Me Up, Bob Moses

Wet Dreamz, J Cole

Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene, Hozier

Paper Planes, MIA

Really Love, D’Angelo

Push and Shove, No Doubt

Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes

Who Did That To You, John Legend

Skinny Love, Bon Iver

Dearly Departed, Shakey Graves

Crash Push, Robi Draco Rosa

You are the Best Thing, Ray LaMontagne

Since I Seen’t You, Anthony Hamilton

Jackie and Wilson, Hozier

Chaiyya Chaiyya, King Khan and Malaika Arora

I’m Your Man, Leonard Cohen

Hope you enjoyed this musical interlude inspired by Dutch and Juma and sex and love and darkness and death – I’m sure I’ll be adding to it as I continue writing the trilogy.

Stay tuned…

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