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Cover Reveal for Mother’s Day Magic

Today is the cover reveal for the boxset that I’m part of called Mother’s Day Magic. My latest work called, The Art of Forgiveness is included as one of the 12 stories by 13 amazing authors!






I usually write sweet romantic novels like The Trouble with Playing cupid and the sequel, The Trouble with Romance but I wanted to give another genre a try! so check it out and let me know what you think via reviews on amazon or goodreads!!

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Mother’s Day Magic/ The Art of Forgiveness

The Mother’s Day Magic Cover Reveal Party

The Trouble with Playing Cupid

The Trouble with Romance

My Holiday themed books

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HeartWorks: Eight Stories of Love, Passion, and Romance


Eight Great Stories of Love, Passion, and Romance from Vanilla Heart Publishing Authors Charmaine Gordon, Paul Zunckel, Chelle Cordero, Neva Squires-Rodriguez, Lauren Shiro, Tamara Philip, Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard, and Angela Kay Austin.

Gleason’s Greetings
by Charmaine Gordon

Liz Gleason brings laughter and joy into the neighborhood when she opens a card shop. Designing her own humorous greeting cards, business booms and romance blossoms. Is it all too soon when a TV producer shows interest in Liz and her shop?

Ń Boer maak ń Plan
(A Love Story)
by Paul Zunckel

Piet van Zyl finds himself like a fish out of water on meeting the lovely Peggy. The man that will stand down a charging buffalo…the man who is never without a quick chirp…the man, who has an answer for everything has finally met his match…now he is out of his depth, for cupid was around and his arrow hit the burly South African dead center.

Always, One More Time
by Chelle Cordero

Disowned by her parents because of an interracial love affair, Callie Sanders is left alone to raise her son after his father, Jimmy Bernerd, dies fighting in a war on the other side of the world. Desperate to give her son a family she goes to the Bernerd household — what she finds is a second chance at love, acceptance, and family.

The Fourteenth Floorboard
by Neva Squires-Rodriguez

Valentine’s Day uncovers a new world hidden in her home that no one, including Gabriela, can understand. Not even scratching her own arm helps Gabriela understand that this place is real, and part of the reason is that she uncovers a secret bigger than life itself. Her family tries to convince her to never go to this place again, but Gabriela soon learns for herself, the price associated with getting her there, and that some things are better left unknown.

Love, Upside Down
by Lauren Shiro

Chantal is sure of two things: her general contracting business, and her love for her old flame, Desiree. A serious car accident changes everything, causing her to stop working; and she meets someone new in Grace, a friend of a friend who becomes her care giver. This accident turns her world upside down, even her love.

Feeding Romance by Tamara Philip
Excerpts from Tamara’s award-winning debut novel, The Trouble with Playing Cupid along with the recipes for delicious meals the lovers feed each other along the way, including December’s Favorite Buttermilk Pancakes, Tom’s Creamy Pasta Primavera for Two, and Cupid’s Hot Chocolate (guaranteed to inspire love and adoration from all who drink it).

D0n’t forget to check out the sequel, The Trouble with Romance.

Heart of Night
A Nightlife Short Story
by Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard

Lady Jannessa Guillory was the daughter of an ambassador, and therefore it was her duty to marry to her station, and to help her father. Yet, the night called to her in such a way she couldn’t deny it. And when a voice found her in the dark, she knew she couldn’t stop her own passions.

Sweets for Your Sweet
by Angela Kay Austin

Excerpts from Angela’s Sweet Victory, along with the recipes for a few of the sweet treats Victoria makes after her move back home to Memphis – and too near to Chad. Includes Sweet Victory itself: a delightful chocolate no-bake treasure of coconut and pecans, and Victoria’s favorite comfort food – baked macaroni and cheese.

Buy the book here!  or here for Amazon Kindle


My review of Click.Date.Repeat by KJ Farnham


These days, finding love online is as commonplace as ordering that coveted sweater. But back in 2003, the whole concept of internet dating was still quite new, with a stigma attached to it that meant those who were willing to test the waters faced a fair amount of skepticism from friends and family.

Such is the case for Chloe Thompson, a restless 20-something tired of the typical dating scene and curious about what she might find inside her parents’ computer. With two serious but failed relationships behind her, Chloe isn’t even entirely sure what she’s looking for. She just knows that whatever it is, she wants to find it.

Based loosely on author K. J. Farnham’s real-life online dating experiences, Chloe’s foray into online dating involves a head-first dive into a world of matches, ice breakers and the occasional offer of dick pics, all while Chloe strives to shake herself of the ex who just refuses to disappear. Will she simultaneously find herself and “the one” online, or will the ever-growing pile of humorous and downright disastrous dates only prove her friends and family right? There’s only one way to find out…

Click. Date. Repeat.


My Review

So I stayed up until 5 am this morning reading this book! I couldn’t put Click.Date.Repeat down!! It was highly addictive!! First off as a person who was part of the first wave of people who made online friends, who became closer than real friends, and then started online dating when AOL online was still relatively new. I’m talking I was online friends and subsequently one of the earliest people on OKCUPID before it was a online matchmakers and just did fun, fresh quizzes! In fact, I met my husband online and we chatted for 6 years before meeting (because we lived 4500 miles apart) and long distanced dated for nearly 9 years before marrying. So when I say I know something about the online social world, I’m as close to a frigging expert as you’re going to get.

KJ Farnham truly captured the anonymity, confusion, hope, excitement, overwhelming, fear and overall wtfness of trying to navigate the online dating scene. Chloe was such an insanely flawed character that it was both infuriating and oddly refreshing! even the various types of online guys she met, reminded me of some of the oddballs and genuinely decent human beings I met during my time.  Click.Date.Repeat was thoroughly entertaining! Her friends were just as messy and flawed in their own way. I loved her mother and all her yelling, judgy-ness! she had a point though!! Damn you, Drew!! 

 I will say this though, I found online dating much mIre enjoyable and less crazy than bar dating because if you’re doing it right, you could actually get to know the person, truly the way they can’t be in the middle of a bar or club. you can sometimes get to know people in a way that most of their friends and alot of their family will never get to see (in a good way). some of my best friends (practically soul mate territory here or just people who TRULY get me) are people I met online nearly 2 decades ago! 

Dating is fun, exciting, awful, stressful and exhausting in any and every form but I’m glad KJ Farnham tackled this version, especially the 2003 version of online, to give everyone a taster of what they missed! Great read all around!

Buy it now on Amazon

About the Author


Born and raised in a suburb of Milwaukee, K. J. Farnham now resides in western Wisconsin. She is currently working on a sequel to “Click Date Repeat.” Farnham loves hearing from readers. Connect with her at http://www.kjfarnham.com.




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The Art of Forgiveness by Tamara Philip Preorder now on Kindle


The Art of Forgiveness is the story of one woman’s journey to find out the truth surrounding her adoption decades earlier. Amidst the tragedy of the past, she finds connections to her complicated history and a gentle reminder about the transcendent power of forgiveness and time.

Part of the  Mother’s Day Magic Box set


Every mother’s heart holds a bit of magic…her children’s love. Enchantment awaits in 12 new, previously unpublished-stories, by #1 bestselling and/or multi-award winning authors from across the globe. Captivating tales of romance or fiction fashioned from loving memories, these poignant stories are sure to touch your heart.

Only 99cents with preorder before March 2nd (Official release day)


Brand new Release 


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Exposed Secrets by April Nichols Baker

April Nichols Baker’s Exposed Secrets Out Now on Kindle!! 5 Star reviews!

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Thirty four year old Alexandria Marie Bell appears to have it all. She is beautiful and has started a highly successful law firm in Manhattan. The only thing missing is love. Finding a man is no problem. They are practically falling out of the sky. But she doesn’t want just any man. She wants Maxwell Pennington but that can never happen. He loves control almost as much as she does. Plus he is a Senior Partner in her law firm. To top it off Alex has too many ugly dark secrets that must never come to light. If they were to cross that line she runs the risk of Max learning who she really is and he would leave her anyway. It’s best to stay single and dream about the life that she will never have. Maxwell Pennington is sexy and brilliant. He could charm the panties off any women with the exception of one. Alex Bell. She wants him. That is not a secret but what he can’t figure out is why she is so determined to keep her distance. All he has to do is find a way to break through her walls. His luck with women has not always been the best. Partly due to his control issues and partly due to his choice of women. Alex is different though. She will not just allow him to control her and that is fine with him. Nothing turns him on more than a feisty woman. They would be perfect together. But there is more to Maxwell than meets the eye. He has secrets of his own.

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5 Star Reviews!!

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Diverse Book Tours presents Nigeria Lockley’s Tempted to Touch

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Tempted to Touch by Nigeria Lockley

Publication Information

ISBN: 978-0-9964687-0-1

Publisher: Inheritance Books

Pages: 130

Genre(s): Christian Fiction, African-American, Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Publication Date: 10/25/15

Plot Summary

Kira Seagram is frustrated by her husband Mason’s zeal for the Lord, so she pours all of her attention into her work and reserves her soprano singing skills for the shower. Kira would rather not use them if she get can’t the adoration and recognition she feels she deserves and doubts she’ll find singing lead for Mason’s choir. When a routine drop off at her son, Nate’s private school turns into a ten-year reunion with her ex-boyfriend, Quincy McAdams, Kira isn’t interested in Mason’s half-hearted affection or willing to keep her voice to herself. With a firm offer from Quincy to help Kira cut a demo and possibly revive the love they let die, Kira has some choices to make. When Kira finds herself tempted to touch will she remain faithful to her husband or yield to the desires of her flesh?

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tempted-Touch-Nigeria-Lockley-ebook/dp/B013W6BUIY/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1442109775&sr=8-2&keywords=Tempted+to+Touch

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  • Inheritance Books is currently running a pre-order special on all paperback versions. You can pre-order the paperback version of Tempted to Touch at 20% and receive an autographed copy.


Author Information



Nigeria Lockley possesses two Master’s degrees, one in English Secondary Education, which she utilizes as an educator with the New York City Department of Education. Her second Master’s degree is in Creative Writing. Born at Dawn is Nigeria’s first published novel. Nigeria serves as the Vice President of Bridges Family Services, a not-for-profit organization that assists student parents interested in pursuing a degree in higher education. She is also the deaconess and clerk for her spiritual home King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Church of God. Nigeria is a New York native who resides in Harlem with her husband and two daughters. Join her online at http://www.NigeriaLockley.com

Author Links

Website: www.nigerialockley.com

Blog: http://nigerialockley.com/neophyte-author/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorNigeriaLockley

Twitter: www.twitter.com/NewNigeria

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7690869.Nigeria_Lockley


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Lola’s Blog Tours presents my review of GL Tomas’ The Mark of Noba

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This is my stop during the book blitz for The Mark of Noba by GL Tomas. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 25 till 31 August, you can view the complete blitz schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

The Mark of Noba CoverThe Mark of Noba (The Sterling Wayfairer Series #1)
by GL Tomas
Genre: Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: 25 August, 2015

Sterling Wayfairer has one goal for his senior year: make his mark. He’s been slipping into the background his whole high school career—distracted by his mother’s mental health, unsettled by the vivid dreams that haunt him at night, and overshadowed by the athletic accomplishments of his popular best friends. But this year is going to be different. He’s going to break a few rules, have some fun, and maybe even work up the nerve to ask his crush out on a date.

But things don’t go exactly as planned. Students are disappearing, Sterling starts losing time, and it all seems to center around Tetra, a girl no one else seems to notice but him. When he finally tracks her down for answers, they aren’t what he expects: He and Tetra hail from a world called Noba, and they’re being hunted by a Naga, a malevolent shapeshifter that’s marked them for destruction.

Tetra and Sterling have distinct abilities that can help them fight back, but their power depends heavily on the strength of their bond, a connection that transcends friendship, transcends romance. Years apart have left their bond weak. Jumpstarting it will require Sterling to open his heart and his mind and put his full trust in the mysterious Tetra.

If he doesn’t, neither of them will survive.

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***Note*** I haven’t finished reading The Mark of Noba so this review will be amended when I do.

So far I’m enjoying the book. Interracial YA novels and in general diverse books automatically get me interested so The Mark of Noba was right up my alley. This book did not disappoint. I want to know more about the planet Geo, more about the different districts. The world building in this story was HUGE, like i found myself rereading paragraphs to fully grasp the descriptions. There is so much potential for many more stories about Geo and Noba (a prequel perhaps?) Speaking of Tetra, I started to enjoy the story so much more when it was from her point of view especially since I found Sterling unimpressive and a bit stilted at first. Tetra was very alien and impartial but nonethless complex and interesting. I wanted to know more about what she did in those months before Sterling befriended her. like I said before I’m not finished with the book yet because life got in the way, but I can’t wait to finish it and update this review.  but in general I feel like GL Tomas’s debut novel was a great start to their author career, and with each book their craft will grow and improve.

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GL Tomas Author picAbout the Author:
Guinevere and Libertad go by many superhero aliases. Whether you know them by G.L. Tomas, the Twinjas, or the Rebellious Valkyries, their mission is always the same: spreading awareness of diversity in books. Oh, and trying to figure out the use for pocketless pants! They host other allies and champions of diversity in their secret lair in Connecticut.

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Diverse Book Tours Presents Tricia Drammeh The Spellbringers series

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Spellbringers Excerpts:



Never in a million years would I have thought I’d feel desperation toward a guy, but Jace

wasn’t just any guy. He was different, and until I figured out why I felt so drawn to him, I

wouldn’t be able to relax. I had always been a very independent person, and had never suffered

the lovesick ailments that had afflicted my friends at one time or another. No, it wasn’t a case of

puppy love or a silly crush. This was something different.

I waited impatiently for Jace to remember his promise to dance with me. Each time someone

new asked me to dance, resentment washed over me. I didn’t want to be stuck with someone else

when Jace eventually approached me. If he approached me. I decided to hang out by the

refreshment table and skip the next few dances.

When Jace caught my eye and moved toward me, I instinctively reached up to touch my

necklace, seeking the comfort it usually offered, but remembered I’d left it at home. I hoped I

didn’t end up regretting leaving it behind in favor of making a fashion statement.

Jace’s eyes held mine and I felt uncomfortably anxious. This was probably the first time I’d

ever understood what someone meant when they claimed to have butterflies in their stomach. I

dragged my eyes away from his and looked down at the ground, trying to compose myself.

Suddenly, he was standing in front of me, his hand outstretched.



My mother held the dish so tightly, I feared it would snap in two. Her anger penetrated my

woefully inadequate magical security and hit me full force. After months of training, I still

couldn’t control my Empathy and a migraine seemed imminent. But I couldn’t back down from

our argument. Not when the stakes were so high. It would be helpful if I could tell her the truth,

but completely impossible. She could never know who I was. It would kill her.

“Young lady, I don’t know what’s gotten into you, but I raised you better than this. How

dare you argue with me? When I tell you no, that means no.” She turned her back on me, and

began washing dishes with renewed vigor. I rolled my eyes.

“I’m sorry, Mama. I just thought…”

“You thought what? You thought I’d leave a seventeen-year-old girl home alone while I

went to Atlanta? Have you lost your mind?” She shook her head and muttered to herself.

She tossed a clean pot into the draining board and turned back around to face me. The look

on her face dared me to argue further. “You haven’t seen your brother since New Year’s. I can’t

believe you don’t want to see him.”

The unfairness of her words brought tears to my eyes. My mother thought I was being

selfish, when in fact, my concern for Jeffrey was the main reason I didn’t want to visit him. My

inability to control my magic could draw Hunters, and although they wouldn’t harm my brother,

they might draw the attention of others who would be very interested in discovering his

whereabouts. Jeffrey’s magic was suppressed thanks to a spelled tattoo, rendering him

defenseless. Demons could tap into his abilities and use Jeffrey’s magic for their own evil

UNBOUND (Book Three)


He crouched down to tie his shoe and I saw a strap of leather peeking out from underneath

“This?” He tugged his pant leg up a few inches, revealing a dark leather holster strapped to

the bottom of his leg. “It’s my ankle sheath.”

With a quick yank, he pulled out a six-inch long silver dagger. I took a step back in surprise.

“Do…do you always wear that?”

“Of course. Well, most of the time. When I’m protecting you, I must wear it—just like a

police officer carries a weapon when he’s on duty. I received this when I earned my Protector

ranking. It’s a symbol of my rank—just like my Brand.”

I’d seen his Brand before. Central burned a symbol of Protection between his shoulder

blades. It wasn’t mandatory, but most new Protectors chose to wear the badge of honor.

“Does it frighten you?” he asked, holding up the dagger. I shook my head. “It’s for your

protection, Rachel. I would not hesitate to use it if I thought you were in danger.”

“I don’t want you to do that.”

“I’d do anything to keep you safe, or make you happy.” The words hung between us—a

“It’s late,” he said, finally breaking the spell of silence. “I should go.”

He pulled me into a hug and patted me on the back. I let him hold me longer than usual,

partly out of gratitude for his friendship and partly because it felt so good to be in his arms.

When I pulled away, I looked up into his face, intending to make a joke about his black clothing

and catlike stealth, but instead, my gaze locked with his.

When he touched my face with his fingertips, I didn’t turn away. When he leaned down to

kiss me, my eyelids fluttered closed. He gently kissed my forehead, then my eyelids. His lips

traveled across my cheekbone and down my jaw line. He stopped and I opened my eyes. He

looked at me questioningly, hopefully, and I didn’t pull away from him. I closed my eyes and his

lips met mine. His kiss was soft and reverent, and after a moment he pulled away.

“I promised not to rush you. The next time I kiss you, you’ll want it as badly as I do.”

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( Book 1 of the Spellbringers Series)


The Demon Re’Vel stalks his prey in the forest of dreams, slowly gaining control over

the mind of his victim. Rachel doesn’t realize the Demon is real. In fact, she doesn’t believe

in magic, Demons, Hunters, or any of the other things the Alexanders have warned her about. She resists their protection, but can’t resist her overwhelming feelings for Jace.Alisa has been drawn to Jace since the day she saved him from a Hunter attack. A mere human in a world of Spellbringers, Alisa has been embraced by the Alexander family as a hero, but not everyone is willing to accept her. Jace’s intimidating older brother, Bryce, keeps his emotions and his secrets hidden. When Bryce confides in Alisa, it puts her relationship with Jace and the entire Alexander family at risk.

Danger, secrets, and betrayal collide, and when the Demon makes his claim, the small, southern town of Oaktree becomes a battleground for Rachel’s life.

Formerly published under the title ‘The Claiming Words,’ Spellbound is a completely re-written, re-vamped novel featuring added scenes, additional chapters, and a new ending.

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Plot Summary:

Rachel’s thirst for knowledge about the

family she never knew drives her to keep a

secret from the Alexanders that shatters

Jace’s trust in her. With her renewed dream-

relationship with Re’Vel, she walks on a razor’s edge, putting the entire Alexander

family – and Alisa – in terrible danger.

Alisa and Bryce are more in love than ever, but his jealousy and possessiveness

threatens to push Alisa away. With his Claiming Words ringing in Alisa’s ears, she

tries to reconcile her sense of independence with her desperate yearning for Bryce.

A dark enemy from the Alexanders’ past is out for vengeance and uses Rachel as his

target to get to the family he despises. When Alisa is caught in the crossfire, Bryce is

willing to sacrifice anything to save her – even his own soul.

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Plot Summary:

Some bonds can never be broken…

Alisa and Bryce are keeping a huge secret, but when an accident illustrates how dangerous their secret has become, she’s forced to make a choice between her family’s expectations and the man she loves more than anything. Rachel’s past mistakes have finally caught up with her. Her continued association with Re’Vel results in unspeakable tragedy and brings to question her loyalty to the magical community. With accusations from all directions and her heart in tatters, she finds out who her real friends are and finds her true strength.

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Author Information


Tricia Drammeh is a wife and mother of four children who lives in New

Hampshire. Her published works include Sweet Sorrow, Better than

Perfect, The Seance, The Fifth Circle, and the Spellbringers series. Tricia

is currently working on her eighth novel. When she’s not writing, she can

be found devouring books, interviewing up-and-coming authors, and

drinking vast amounts of coffee.

Author Links

Website: Official Website

Facebook: Connect with Tricia on Facebook!

Twitter: Tweet her @triciadrammeh

Goodreads: Hang out with Tricia on Goodreads!