FIVE DAYS – The Keepers Are Coming 🐘🗡️🖤

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FIVE DAYS from now I have a dark sexy book coming out from St Martin’s Press called DUTCH. It’s about a deadly assassin and his target with nine lives. He must end each of them, she’s not going to make it easy. Mostly because she is smart and funny and sexy af and every time their paths cross, she leaves his head spinning.

And we all know spinning heads make for not-so-focused assassins.

Which is not exactly the plot, but maybe kind of is. I’m giving away nothing – you just need to grab a copy and get lost for a bit in the magic that is Dutch and Juma. Then you’ll be able to decided for yourself whether that is actually the plot or I’m just fucking with you.

And because I’m nice, here are some pre-order links for your convenience:

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Getting Proustian With…TASHA L. HARRISON – The Interview Series

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I feel like I’ve known dirty word guru Tasha L Harrison forever. I haven’t, but something about the way she and I groove is so comfortable – it’s like we’ve always been around each other, talking shit, oogling sexy men, and writing filth. And when she’s not writing it, she’s helping others do so with her company, The Dirty Editor.

And holy smokes, can that woman write some filth. It’s smart and delicious and wet-your-panties sexy.

Her series The Lust Diaries smacks you around with the feels, then leaves you all hot and bothered by the heat generated between Yves and Elijah. After reading the first two books in the series, I was literally begging her to give me book three.

Immediately.

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She’s so good at creating complex and very real characters, with juicy backstories and even juicier futures, that you cannot  help but get all caught up and wrapped around their very dirty sexy present-day lives.

These days, Tasha and I share a literary agency – Brower Literary & Management – and are plotting minor shenanigans when we hook up this May for the RT Booklovers Convention in Atlanta. If you’re going to be there, and you love some dirty words, come find us. We ARE dirty words.

If you can’t make it to Atlanta, check out The Lust Diaries – it’s brash, bold, and just plain fire.

And of course, enjoy Miss Tasha getting a little Proustian with me…


What is your idea of perfect happiness? This idea changes as I grow older (obviously), but right now my idea of happiness would be success at the thing I love. The love of someone who genuinely loves me for me. Happy and healthy kiddos and a life that makes me excited to greet every day.

What is your greatest fear? Never reaching my full potential. My kids being unhappy or unfulfilled.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Forever second guessing myself and always believing the worst things about me are true.

What is the trait you most deplore in others? When people can’t be accountable for their actions.

Which living person do you most admire? This changes from day to day. Today it’s Issa Rae. Yesterday it was Ava Duvernay.

What is your current state of mind? Focused. Driven.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Chastity.

What is the quality you most like in a man? Authenticity.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? I probably say fuck too much, but I don’t give a fuck.

What or who is the greatest love of your life? My kids and my writing. As long as I have them and my writing, everything is all right.

When and where were you happiest? One summer day with both of my boys were little and playing in the waves. The sun on my face.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Being brave enough to write that first story, that first book. Being brave enough to do the thing I was always meant to do.

Where would you most like to live? Some magical place where it’s 70 degrees every day and the sun always shines. Do you know this place?

What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty. Honesty.

Who are your favorite writers? Zadie Smith, Steven King, Langston Hughes, Charles Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Tiffany Reisz, the author of this blog…

Which historical figure do you most identify with? Nina Simone and maybe some Billie thrown in, too.

What is your motto? Everything is energy.


Often accused of navigating life without a filter, Tasha L. Harrison has branded herself as the author who writes stories that make you feel all the feels. Her African American and interracial erotica and erotic romance have brazen heroines and heroes that struggle to tolerate all of their back sassing while trying to get them in the sack.
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Find her at:
@tashalharrison on twitter
Her series THE LUST DIARIES is available now!
A Slant of Light (prequel short story)
In Her Closet, The Lust Diaries: Book One
The Shame in You–A Short Story
Everything She Never Wanted, The Lust Diaries: Book Two
Having it Both Ways, The Lust Diaries: Book Three
What Kind of Man, The Lust Diaries: A Short Story
Not So Soft, The Lust Diaries: Book 3.5
The Truth of Things (coming soon)
A Soft Place to Fall (coming soon)

Getting Proustian With…TYLER KING – The Interview Series

Romance writer Tyler King and I share an agent, the tireless and wonderful Kimberly Brower, but because I am super shy and avoid almost all social interactions with folks I don’t know, we only met a month ago. When she reached out to me after reading an ARC of DUTCH.

Honestly, I didn’t even know she had an ARC of DUTCH. But her words couldn’t have come at a better time – I was in the throes of missing my book III deadlines and wondering whether the book made sense and my words mattered and sobbing as I wrote Dutch + Juma’s end – I totally needed to hear someone else say they liked what I was doing and thought I was kind of good at it.

She basically pulled me out of my head and out of my funk.

So now, probably unbeknownst to her, she’s kind of got this special place in my bones. Couple that with her way with words – I’m reading an ARC of her upcoming novel RIOT STREET and it’s sooo damn good – and I’m totally hooked.

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Tyler’s new novel comes out April 30th – make sure to grab a copy and meet Avery and Ethan. Until then, get to know her a little better here, as she sits down and gets Proustian with it.


  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Total freedom.
  2. What is your greatest fear? A violent death.
  3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Being self-conscious.
  4. What is the trait you most deplore in others? A lack of empathy.
  5. Which living person do you most admire? All nasty women.
  6. What is your greatest extravagance? Expensive dinners.
  7. What is your current state of mind? Contemplative.
  8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Temperance.
  9. On what occasion do you lie? When I don’t want to tell the truth.
  10. What do you most dislike about your appearance? Most of it.
  11. Which living person do you most despise? Given the current state of affairs, it’d have to be 45.
  12. What is the quality you most like in a man? Confidence and intelligence.
  13. What is the quality you most like in a woman? Also confidence and intelligence.
  14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Fuck.
  15. What or who is the greatest love of your life? My husband. And television.
  16. When and where were you happiest? I’m not sure. But I was probably too young to notice.
  17. Which talent would you most like to have? Drawing and painting.
  18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d be less self-conscious.
  19. What do you consider your greatest achievement? I hope I haven’t seen it yet.
  20. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? President of the United States. Or the pope.
  21. Where would you most like to live? I’d like to spend a year in Antarctica. But no more than that.
  22. What is your most treasured possession? I’ve become indifferent to things. My engagement ring, I suppose.
  23. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Slavery, in any form.
  24. What is your favorite occupation? Writing is a pretty good gig. At one point I wanted to be an actress. Also, rocket scientist.
  25. What is your most marked characteristic? I’ve been called bossy, abrasive, and bitchy. So, a woman, basically.
  26. What do you most value in your friends? Their individuality.
  27. Who are your favorite writers? I don’t have favorites (of anything except maybe ice cream flavors) but today I’m into Tana French, Chuck Palahniuk, and you.
  28. Who is your hero of fiction? Dana Scully.
  29. Which historical figure do you most identify with? I’ll let you know when I find one.
  30. Who are your heroes in real life? I don’t have heroes, per se. The idea of heroes, of too much admiration and adoration, puts me off.
  31. What are your favorite names? “Boy names” for girls.
  32. What is it that you most dislike? Willful ignorance.
  33. What is your greatest regret? I have a lot of them. But I probably should have done more homework in school.
  34. How would you like to die? Painlessly and unaware.
  35. What is your motto? Fuck it. Moving on.

    Tyler King is the author of THE DEBT and forthcoming contemporary romance RIOT STREET (4/30). She was once an alternate contestant on the Emmy-winning game show Secrets of the Cryptkeeper’s Haunted House. Tyler would later grow up to earn an assistant director credit on the film Fetus Fetish, which isn’t what it sounds like. Other impressive claims to fame include appearing in a Madame Tussauds exhibit and performing as an opening act for comedian Louie Anderson. Tyler is a proud army spouse living in Virginia with her husband and a collection of guitars she can almost play.

    Follow her on social media by clicking the links below:

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Pre-Order Links for DUTCH and JUMA, books I and II in THE KEEPER SERIES

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He is an assassin.
She has nine lives.
He must end each one.
She won’t make that easy.

Books I and II in The Keeper Series are available for pre-order now.

DUTCH releases April 4th and Juma follows shortly thereafter, on June 6th. And I’ve already written the finale, DEATH, so look for it in early August.

Click the links below to snag your copies now and get ready

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HERE for Amazon

HERE for Kobo

HERE for B&N

HERE for iBooks

HERE for Google Play

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HERE for Kobo

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HERE for iBooks

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Random Thoughts

1. Holy crap, I haven’t done one of these posts in months.

2. Holy crap, why haven’t I done one of these posts in months?

3. Holy crap, I started writing this post in November of 2016…back when President Obama was still in office and our country had not fallen down the rabbit hole of racism and bigotry and us brown folks weren’t walking around in a daze, wondering what the fuck is the orange one going to do next. Le sigh…

4. Sometimes I do the grocery shopping and I am not only a stellar human being, but I am a responsible mom, buying fresh greens and organic berries, free-range chicken and baked chips. Other times, I roam the aisles with FORMATION blasting in my headphones, buying nothing but coffee, Fritos, and shit The Kid loves to eat, and by “shit The Kid loves to eat” I mean anything made out of sugar, sugar and oh yeah, sugar. Today was one of those days. I came out of Whole Foods – of all fucking places – with sesame sticks, frozen samosas, rotisserie chicken, and a chocolate cat. Blame it on The Beyoncé. *update: I don’t recall this shopping trip at all, but I still like to call her The Beyoncé and gah! she’s having twins. More on that below…

5. I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month, or #NaNoWriMo as all of us writerly folk like to affectionately call it. First off, let me say I don’t have one fucking affectionate bone in my body for #NaNoWriMo, which is probably some sort of writers’ sin, but I don’t give a shit. I abhor November for the simple fact it is National Novel Writing Month, the one month of the year I feel like an epic failure as a writer because I never meet those goddamned daily word counts because I’m not a daily-word-count kind of writer. That said, I’m doing it this year. Mostly because I have a deadline on book III in The Keeper Series of January 15, 2017 and I figured #NaNoWriMo is the best way to jump start my writing. But still, it kills me to check in and watch my word counts and the word counts of my “writer buddies” who, yes, prior to fucking #NaNoWriMo were most definitely my writer buddies, but now are my competition because their word counts are higher than mine and because that is the way my brain works and shit, I digress. GAH. See what #NaNoWriMo does to me? Anyway, I’m doing it, daily word counts and all, it’s day 6, I should be around 7-8K words, instead I’m around 6K and even though I intend to fix that this evening, the fact remains I DVR’ed The Walking Dead and after last week, I’ve gotta see what progresses with Carol and Ezekiel and his tiger, Sheba… *update 1: I didn’t finish #NaNoWriMo with a complete novel in hand, partly because my novels are closer to 100K words, not the 50K goal of #NaNoWriMo, but also because like I said, I fucking hate it. But I did write 12K, which is more than I’ve ever written for that thing, so there’s that. *update 2: I missed my book III writing deadline…twice. But it’s finished, and it’s beautiful. So fingers crossed the editor agrees and my blown deadlines are quickly forgotten.

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6. I’m going to stop dating for a while. I’m going to blame that on The Beyoncé, too. And not because I’ve started dating her, but because she is The Beyoncé and really, the perfect excuse for anything I might do. *update 1: I totally did this. I haven’t dated anyone new in months…and it’s pretty damn nice. I can see how this no-dating status could get real comfy real fast – it already has. I love being alone and I love not being accountable to another adult and I really love exploring the city and living this life on my own terms, but I also know this could become an impossible rut, so I’ll get back to it when the weather breaks…maybe. *update 2: a couple of months since update 1 and I’m still doing this because like I said before, I love not being accountable to another adult. But also because men just can’t seem to handle all of this brown girl magic. 😉

7. My book releases in 17 days. Yes, it’s true. I am officially in count-down mode, mostly because I’m horribly nervous and excited and gah! MY BOOK RELEASES IN 17 DAYS!!! And to celebrate, there’s a party in the city, at Madame X to be exact, the “sexiest bar in the city” which seems the perfect place to toast the dark dirty magic that is Dutch and Juma. I’m doing a reading and answering questions and giving away a new Kindle and $25 Amazon gift card to some lucky, random buyer of my book. If you’re in NYC, come through, grab a cocktail, and listen to some words.

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8. And finally, I finished writing The Keeper Series trilogy a couple of weeks ago and sent it to my agent, Kimberly Brower, for first-round edits. The last weekend of writing book III was done while sobbing, I kid you not. Both Dutch and Juma’s chapters ripped me to shreds and the entire time while typing, HUGE uncontrollable tears rolled down my face. It was a most brutal and most magic experience. I love those two, madly. Oh – and Kimberly called it my best work yet. Yea. And on that note, I’m off to pack for Philly and a weekend of The Edibles.

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Getting Proustian With…ERIC LANGLEY – The Interview Series

I haven’t blogged in ages and the last time I did one of these interviews, it was warm outside and President Obama was still in office.

But I’m not here to discuss all the ways I miss POTUS 44. I’m here to chat about chance meetings and good people and art.

Beautiful art.

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Because that’s pretty much how I crossed paths with Eric Langley – chance meeting last year, totally random and unexpected. Since then, I’ve learned he spends his week days doing good work with troubled kids, and his free time interpreting his surroundings, his tools a paintbrush and canvas, the result – art.

And he hates talking about it.

Promoting it.

Even admitting he’s really good at it. Instead he’ll try and veer the conversation into talking about the kids he works with or his budding t-shirt business, all the while side-stepping the fact he’s pretty damn talented.

Being the pain in the ass I am, I keep telling him to get out there more, take to social media and work it. I’m not sure he listens or cares – he’s an introvert, I get it – self-promoting sucks – but what I am sure about is that I managed to get him to sit down for an interview and share some of his innermost thoughts.

Yea me and my brown girl magic.

Here he is, mister artiste and all-around good guy, getting Proustian with it.


1. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Making a child who has a low self esteem feel like a king/queen.  A close second…consuming beer and pizza while listening to music at an above average decibel level.

2. What is your greatest fear? Good question, I guess I’d have to say dying at an early age. I was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm about fifteen months ago and that has definitely opened my eyes to the fact that I am not invincible.

3. What is the trait you most deplore about yourself? I’m a champion procrastinator.

4. What is the trait you most deplore in others? Prejudice. I know its difficult at times, but get the facts before you start drawing conclusions about someone. The woman at the store who didn’t smile back at you isn’t a bitch…her son was shot and killed the day before and she’s finding it hard to smile about anything.

5. Which living person do you most admire? There are too many incredible people in this world to single one out.

6. What is your greatest extravagance? Extravagance…what’s that?

7. What is your current state of mind? Open.

8. Which living person do you most despise? Not sure and I’d rather not waste my time thinking about it.

9. What is the quality you most like in a man? Kindness

10. What is the quality you most like in a woman? Kindness

11. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d give myself a new aorta.

12. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Not sure if it’s the greatest, but definitely my greatest ironic achievement would be receiving my masters degree in education since I never really liked school.

13. Where would you most like to live? I’d like to start out in Chicago and go from there.

14. What is your favorite occupation? My current one. I’m a homebound instructor, so I work with students who can’t go to school. The reasons vary, but are medical or behavioral in nature. I go to homes, hospitals, jails, libraries,… Every child has a right to be educated.

15. What is your most marked characteristic? You tell me.

16. Who are your heroes in real life? My heroes are the people who are kind, respectful and are willing to go out of their way to assist others in everyday situations…even when nobody is watching.

17. What is it that you most dislike? Hatred

18. How would you like to die? I wouldn’t.

19. What is your motto? Eric’s Golden Rule- Do unto others as  you would have them do unto your mother.


langley4 Eric Langley lives in St Louis with his dog and his art. He’s just opened an online store where he sells t-shirts, featuring his original work. You can place an order by clicking the link: Eric Langley Art

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Cover Reveal: RIOT STREET by Tyler King

RIOT STREET
Tyler King
Available 04.30.17

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Sometimes, getting in too deep is the only way to survive . . .

As darkly charismatic as he is unpredictable, Ethan Ash knows me better than I know myself. He’s spent years unraveling the family scandal I’ve tried desperately to escape. I once thought that made us adversaries. Now he’s the closest ally I have left.

Ethan’s both the chaos around me and the deep, calm center where I feel safe. People warn me about him, tell me he’s dangerous. Don’t fall for him. But it’s too late. Because I can’t tell where my addiction ends . . . and his obsession begins.

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And make sure to also check out her “raw and intense” debut THE DEBT