Paying It Forward . . . The Next Big Thing Blog Hop!

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I was tagged for this by Andrea Goodson and Nikki Walker. As a sincere believer in the ripple effect of paying it forward, I decided to give this a shot. So here goes:

1. What is the working title of your current/next book?

Exit Strategy is the working title for my next book, but in all likelihood it might not be the published title.

It is book 2 of my Ghetto Girl Romance Quadrilogy (the biggest misnomer this side of creation, but hey like one author told me recently, it’s my Brand now).

2. Where did the idea for the book come from?

After writing the first book of the Quadrilogy, I appealed to my readers to write me and let me know if they were interested in seeing the series continued. Since publication of the first book in October 30, 2012, I’ve had to date 120+ reviews on Amazon, 80+ ratings and 40+ reviews on GoodReads, and overwhelmingly readers have implored me to continue the series with a caveat. Most have requested that I give Keisha and Tristan their own story that isn’t parody, and doesn’t resemble Fifty Shades of Grey at all. So, at the end of November I wrote an outline, and in December, I began penning the second book. So, the short answer is, the idea for the second book came from a week-long brainstorming session I had right after Thanksgiving after getting a month of positive response to the first book from my readers.

In book two, Keisha and Tristan will finally share things about their pasts with each other that isn’t pretty, and then will have to decide if they can take a chance on love given what they’ve learned about each other. All this is juxtaposed against the backdrop of a homicidal maniac who believes Tristan is the devil incarnate for having used women as submissives and threatens his life as well as the lives of the people he cares most about. The idea was borne out of the cliffhanger that ended the first book. At the end of Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever Keisha safeworded and left Tristan because the more she embraced his lifestyle, her mental health was threatened by demons from her past.

3. What’s the genre of this book?

The genre is contemporary romance/romantic suspense. The first book had a humorous bent because it was parody, but the second book will be more dramatic than humorous because it will deal more with the messiness of their lives.

4. Which actors would you choose to play the characters of the movie rendition?

If Gabriel Aubrey were an actor, I’d want him to play (twin Doms) Tristan and Nathan. He has the height and he’s gorgeous:

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I don’t know this model’s name, but she’s what I see Keisha looking like in my head:

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5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Tristan White, an experienced Dominant pulls out all the stops to win the heart of his erstwhile submissive, Keisha Beale, despite their histories fraught with emotional baggage that brings danger to their doorstep.

6. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Two months.

7. If you’re an Indie Author, will you be publishing through your own Indie Publishing Company or in a collective with other Indie Authors?

Yes, I’m an indie author and will be publishing via my own publishing company.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I think this story can be compared to any standard Nora Roberts romance without the language and BDSM elements.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I’d have to say the readers of my first book inspired me to write this one. If it weren’t for their unwavering support, writing me at my personal email address to let me know how much they enjoyed the book, and then writing reviews on Amazon and GoodReads, I probably would not have continued with the series.

10. What about your book will pique the readers’ interest?

I believe readers will be drawn to the second book because they will want to know what the demons are from Keisha and Tristan’s past, how they handle them, and what they will go through in the present to ultimately solidify their love for one another.

Thanks for reading my Next Big Thing Blog Hop questions and answers, and please pay this forward so we can all see a ripple effect!

With this post, I’m going to tag Author SK, who just released her new book, Shadows of Deceit.

Author:

Author of Intelligent, Mainstream, Multi-cultural, Hot Romance!

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