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Diverse Book Tours presents my review of Kenya Wright’s Fire Baptized

Welcome to the “Fire Baptized” Mini tour brought to you by the lovely Kenya Wright.
If you’re in the mood for Urban Fantasy, Diversity and Unapologetic characters, you’ve found your kryptonite!



Book Title: Fire Baptized

Author Name: Kenya Wright

ISBN Number: 0985023007

Publisher: Pursuit

Page Number: 286

Format (e.g. paperback, ebook, etc.): ebook

Genre(s): Interracial Paranormal Romance

Release Date: Jan 28, 2012


Since the 1970s humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities. Silver brands embedded in their foreheads identify them by species: a full moon for Vampires, a crescent moon for Shifters, a pair of wings for Fairies, and the list goes on, for each supernatural species has been tagged and categorized by humans.Lanore Vesta is marked with a silver X, the brand of Mixbreeds, second-class citizens shunned by society. She stays to herself, revealing her ability to create fire only during emergencies. All she wants to do is graduate college and stop having to steal to survive. But when she stumbles upon a murder in progress, she catches the attention of a supernatural killer. Now all she wants is to stop finding dead bodies in her apartment.

Enlisting help from her Were-cheetah ex-boyfriend MeShack and a new mysterious friend named Zulu, she is steered through the habitat s raunchy nightlife. But their presence sometimes proves to be more burden than help, as they fight for her attention.

While the corpses pile up, and the scent of blood fills the air, Lanore is left wondering: will she find the psycho or die trying?

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My Review

I really liked the idea of Lanore’s world especially since I’m a huge urban fantasy fan. and with a diverse cast of characters? I’m already hooked. I really enjoyed the author’s vivid description of her gritty, harshly realistic underbelly of our world and the case of the monster baddy murdering people was fantastic. Kenya Wright’s dialogue is always on point. I may not love her heroine’s because they drive me crazy with their love of douchebag guys but you cannot fault the authors gift at what she does.  If I were you Lanore, I would get my head checked because both guys are pretty insane!



About the Author:

Writer. Lover. Foodie. Mother. Book Addict.

Masturbator. Comedian. Super Hero. Blogger.

Professional Adventurer.

Stalk her….I mean it, Stalk her!
Kenya is in the league of looking for new minions!
Places of interest she’s waiting for you to come out of hiding:

Kenya Wright’s Official Site
Twitter @Kenyawright77

Happy Stalking!


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The Trouble with Playing Cupid Available on Kindle NOW!

Cupid CVR 2FbOne New Year’s Eve, shy singer, December Brown drunkenly texts her talk show host pal, Trace Randall, about her long time crush on the aloof actor, Tom Elmswood. Thinking the two celebrities would make a cute couple, he unwisely decides to play matchmaker… in front of a live studio audience.

Things start to go downhill when Tom admits he’s never even heard of December before. Now what seemed like a sure fire hit quickly becomes a flop. Will these two lonely hearts ever make a love connection or has this cupid’s arrow missed its mark?

The Trouble with Cupid is now available on all Kindle devices #sweetromance


And NonKindle devices


Rating: Sweet/Non-erotic


Being an Interracial romance writer

As an interracial romance writer and a woman in an interracial relationship, I find myself in a bit of a pickle. Do I want to make race a plot point or not? If I did I could possibly race awareness to different issues or situations that someone in an interracial relationship may face. and I would absolutely love to do that because that is beyond relevant and intensely important to me, now and in the future. Alas, so far, (I’m new to the literary world) I haven’t been that kind of writer.

Trust me when I say it is not a choice I make on purpose, I just let the story flow through me the way it does. In future books it could happen but in this particular book, The Trouble with playing Cupid  it just honestly never came up. just like how it being non-erotic wasn’t premeditated.

That being said when I read interracial romance novels, which happens to be the kind I favor, I like reading how the authors address the issue. I like this because for some people race has always been a huge issue in their lives and it deserves, no it NEEDS to be talked about.

Not everyone has been as lucky as I have been to not have it shoved down their throats as if being black or being in an interracial relationship is a bad thing. I’ve only had to deal with it since being with Chris, my fiance. and only on rare occasions. Family and friends and strangers on the street have had their say but it has been so far apart that I can still count it on both hands. We’re surrounded by people who accept us, for which I am eternally grateful.

I was  also fortunate enough that when I was on the dating scene, I never had to have the awkward race conversations. I’m black all day every day, and the guys who liked me (of varying non-black races) and who I liked back obviously knew this and we just carried on, and that’s how I envision the romance between my characters. Personally that is the reason why I am light on character’s physical descriptions.

I know I’m in the minority in this case, just like I’m in the minority for writing books with no sex in them. It doesn’t mean that I think sex or race is irrelevant,  it just means that I suck at being a mature writer!

Either way, I applaud and appreciate the authors who address how people react to interracial couples or how it affects the people within the relationship, with candor. I wish I could be like them and maybe I will be as each book progresses.


Tom confides in December! #8sunday… Snippet #2…8/3/14

Hi Everyone! I’m back again doing the #8sunday with the Weekend Writing Warriors! I really enjoyed it last weekend. The feedback was great and I really loved reading the other snippets! This week’s excerpt from my debut novella The Trouble with Playing Cupid. This scene shows the two main characters, Tom Elmswood and December Brown getting to know each other better when Tom confides in her about his rocky relationship with his mother.

“I saw her twice a year for school holidays, where she’d take me to our husband-hunting mother/son bonding lunch date. Could you really get that close in that sort of situation?”

“Husband hunting? Were you the lure?” December asked, setting the hot drink out in front of him.

“More of a scout, really. To this day, whenever I enter a restaurant I scan the room for wedding bands, and suitable suitors. It’s actually very embarrassing. Checking out older men as marriage prospects…sort of makes business meetings quite awkward.” Tom explained, smirking.

Read more great snippets from other Authors at WeWriWa’s blog

Buy The Trouble with Playing Cupid on Amazon for Kindle Today! 


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Tom and December meet face to face..Finally! #8sunday… Snippet #1…7/28/14

Hi Everyone! This is my first time doing the #8sunday with the Weekend Writing Warriors, which is very exciting! This is a snippet from my debut novella The Trouble with Playing Cupid. This scene is when the two main characters, Tom Elmswood and December Brown meet face to face for the first time. The book begins with one friend’s meddling that goes awry and this second attempt, by another friend, doesn’t seem to be going to well either:

She visibly shook herself from her stupor, and unconsciously started to unwind her sloppy plaits. A gorgeous man at your door, who wouldn’t want to try to salvage their appearance?

“Since you’re already here, come on in. Please.” Tom’s tentative smile widened, in relief at her invitation.

“I feel like a vampire. You’ve invited me in, there’s no going back.”

“That’s not a comforting thought in the least, Tom.” she retorted, dryly. Normally she’d have been guffawing like a maniac since he was obviously trying to alleviate the tension. Her dream guy was right in front of her, but all she wanted to do was smack someone.

See more great snippets from other Authors at WeWriWa’s blog

Buy The Trouble with Playing Cupid on Amazon for Kindle Today! 


on Smashwords for all Non Kindle E-readers


How to alienate your secret crush in less than 10 minutes: The December Brown story


Or at least that’s the way it starts when the pop singer’s meddlesome talk show host friend tries to play cupid on live TV. The object of her affection, handsome actor Tom Elmswood didn’t know what to expect when they met, but is there still a chance at romance for these two lonely celebrities?

-The Trouble with Playing Cupid… Check out the 4 chapter preview of my debut novella..