#weweremorethanslavesandentertainers: My View on Black History Month

20190211_000508_0001It’s February. Time for Black History Month. And I am reminded of how when I was growing up, I had had people ask, “Why do African Americans need a month to celebrate their history? Why isn’t there a White History Month?”

I’m the annoying type that likes to answer a question with another question. So, I ask back, “When you were coming up in school, what Black people did you learn about in your history class, apart from Dr. King, Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks?”

Their answer to this is usually a long pause followed by a change in subject.

Don’t get me wrong. MLK, Malcolm and Ms. Parks were exceptional people who had a huge importance in my cultural history. But a large amount of Americans are not being educated about other contributions African-Americans have given to this country as well as what they had done inspite of the doors that had been closed off to us.

Most U.S. citizens only know we had sung, danced and had been dehumanized as we picked cotton. Oh, and some people had said it was wrong for the laws and white citizens to treat Black folks badly and unjustly so a few people had spoken out about it.

No, that’s not it! There is so much more.

So, why do we need a month for Black history!?! Because too many people don’t acknowledge our equal importance in this country. We should have the whole year mixed with other cultures who are a part of this nation’s true, multicultural experience.

Basically, people’s questions shouldn’t be: “Why do African Americans need a month to celebrate their history?” People should be asking: “Why aren’t we learning more about the varies cultural involvements that are in U.S. History?”

Therefore, I’m posting every day in February a small pic and description of an unsung hero in Black history. I may even make it an occassional blog throughout the year that includes other cultures.

We’ll see. However, for now, soak up some knowledge with my one of my first posts:

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I’m Still Here: Songs that Empower Women

This holiday season I have been M.I.A. for many reasons. In the past three months, activities such as, Christmas shopping, school projects and recovering from pneumonia has just been a few stressful parts of my life.  But with every storm cloud comes a rainbow. And I’m getting pumped up for my next novel.

The story is about a badass female running things on the high seas. Yes, this time I’m trying to write in the historical romance genre (and of course, it will be with a twist😉!). Also, I’m excited about my African American leading lady. She is fiercer than a Foxy Brown movie.

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[*Side note: I will admit that this may have turned into a procrastination project but it’s justified since it motivates me to write more. At least that’s what I told myself an hour and a half into making this list.]

Anyway, to get me in the mind state of writing about a no-nonsense pillar of strength, I created a playlist filled with woman empowerment beats. Check out “STRONG WOMEN ANTHEMS” ON YouTube.com along with my other fun soundtracks to my previous novels.

 

 

Playlist:

Demi Lovato – Confident

Rachel Platten – Fight Song

Beyoncé – Run the World (Girls)

Beyoncé – Listen

Jill Scott – Try

Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself

Beyoncé – Grown Woman

P!nk – Perfect

P!nk – So What

Meredith Brooks – Bitch

Katy Perry – Roar

Christina Aguilera – Beautiful

Christina Aguilera – Fighter

Christina Aguilera – Can’t Hold Us Down

Alicia Keys – Superwoman

Mary J Blige – Good Woman Down

Mary J Blige – Not Gon Cry

Mary J Blige – Just Fine

Destiny’s Child – Independent Women, Pt. 1

Destiny’s Child – Survivor

Kelly Clarkson – Miss Independent

Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

No Doubt – Just a Girl

Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl

Eve – Let Me Blow Ya Mind ft. Gwen Stefani

Eve – Who’s That Girl?

Whitney Houston – I’m Evey Woman

Aretha Franklin – Respect

Aretha Franklin – Think

Tina Turner – What’s Love Got to Do With It

Pat Benater – Invincible

Estelle – Conqueror

India. Arie – Video

Angie Stone ft. Calvin Richardson – More Than Woman

Beyoncé- ***Flawless ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Foxy Brown – Big Bad Mama ft. Dru Hill

Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out

En Vogue – Free your Mind

Solange – Don’t Touch My Hair ft. Sampha

Salt ‘n Pepa – None of Your Business

Queen Latifah –  U.N.I.T.Y.

TLC – Hat 2 Da Back

TLC – Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg

Lil’ Kim ft. Lil Cease – Crush On You

MC Lyte – Ruffneck

Spice Girls – Wannabe

Erykah Badu – Apple Tree

Jill Scott – Hate On Me

 

Are there any songs that scream badass women? Let me know if I missed any in the comments below. Also add your thoughts on the songs selected. I hope they give you inspiration they gave me.

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Why I Use Music in My Writing

blog 18aI listen to my music as I clean the house. Soulful R &B blasts while I’m doing my hair. I perform dance sequences and sing along to my favourite Hip Hop joints in the shower. Alternative rock music wails as I’m driving. Motown hits swirl through my mind with the story ideas I’m typing on to my laptop. Pop songs bop my head while my students complete a writing exercise. It can be said that music is in my daily life. 

Many people have similar experiences with music. Maybe they listen to different genres either way the fact that music is a part of the majority of people’s lives is evident in the Top 40 list, Billboard Music Charts, and the long successful run of music magazines, such as, The Rolling Stone. Music touches everyone. 

Therefore, why wouldn’t my characters have music in their stories? My characters are created from traits I have and from personalities that have entered my life. Basically, they resemble people. And in such, not only do my characters feel love, pain and intimacy (like everyone else), they listen to music. 

Music in a novel can set the mood similar to the scores played in a film. It gives the audience an extra stimulant to what feelings the character is going through in a particular scene. It can also help the reader internalize that emotion since music is relatively popular by its beat and common message.  

There are songs about heartbreak, redemption, having fun, feeling lonely, regrets, and etc. All emotions humans have felt sometime in their lives. Making it relatable which also adds a way for your readers to feel connected to your characters. They can empathize what the character is going through because they themselves have felt similar in those recognizable moments. 

So, add some music to your stories. Give you reader a background sound that strengthens the awareness of the conflict and/or tension in the story. Think of it as a hint to what is about to happen like the ominous music before the killer jumps out in a film or the slow jam that plays at the moment the hero and heroine unite in a Romcom movie.  

Or try creating a soundtrack. Or have a character make a mixtape that follows what they would most likely listen to. 

Adding a musical element to your writing will make an impactful difference in how people read your story. 

 

For ideas check out my YouTube channel at  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm30hEYSEt8Ji27AOT5ICVw     

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Novels Every Romance Author Should Have Read

girl-1721436_640My mother loved reading so it was only natural that she would read to me as a child. That’s where the spark of imagination begins is in reading. Writers are readers.  Reading has its influence on writers to futrther form stories in the sense of how to build suspense, drama, romance and develop characters.

Like life, people follow the examples they have been given. Such is why readers can see glimpses of other authors’ styles in my own writing. Writers I read when I was younger all the way up to today have thankfully continued to led me into the stories I spin.

Below are some amazing authors whose fantastic art of storytelling have created books I read in my youth which definitely left imprints my writing. Past novels everyone should have read before, especially romance writers.

V.C. Andrews

Here these coming of age dramas are seeped in betrayal, family secrets and young love. It’s the soap opera world for YA literature. These series had me locked up in my room for hours at a time as I witness the ups and downs of characters similar to my age. My personal favorites were My Sweet Audrina, Ruby, and of course, Flowers in the Attic.

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R.L. Stine 

Before Goosebumps, Stine made preteens skin crawl with the horrors of the residents of Fear Street. Teens had a typical bad day made worse by death and terror. I loved The Betrayal, The Burning, The Secretand Lights Out.

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John Saul 

An adult step from Fear Street. Saul goes above and beyond to write about twisted individuals in sometimes everyday situations. He has a surprise around every corner. I could not put down these favorites: Second Child and Suffer the Children.

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Maya Angelou

Her powerful prose and poetry built up my black consciousness. She uplifted my soul and pride when reading her prolific poetry in Maya Angelou: Poems. Also, I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings, her heartbreaking autobiography really touched me. It shows the strong adversary of living through a painful past.

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Toni Morrison 

The queen of African American magical realism. Her novels of the African American experience weaved into culture and history creates her own mythology for the descendants of the Middle Passage survivals. Hands down my favorite of hers is The Bluest Eye.

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Richard Wright 

I’ll be honest. I have only read Native Son. However, the emotions I felt reading that book has stayed with me forever. His take on nature vs environment in a racist 1930s Chicago had me hating and loving the main character throughout the book. It was the first experience I had ever had where the hero was so unlikeable. But the reader empathizes, and by the end actually sympathized, with Bigger Thomas. Wright has his character pit against poverty and the hopelessness an all-white society frames into young black men’s minds that are still relevant and heartbreaking today.

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Anne Rice 

Vampires, witches, and mummies, but with heart. Rice was a trailblazer. When she set her characters out to be exposed by the world, she entertains her readers with the real emotional turmoil and exhaustion of eternal life in her monsters’ series. The reader gets the point of view of a monster similar to Bram Stroker but Rice went further into the heart and soul of these creatures.  My absolute cherished one of hers is The Tale of the Body Thief.

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MaryJanice Davidson 

Her Queen Betsy Novel series had me laughing. The humor, sex and vampire issues kept my interest through the whole series. There are quick reads packed filled with all the suspense, horror, and romance needed in that single dose of drama. And every book has a nicely wrapped up storyline with a hint of the next book just around the corner to get the reader closer to the ultimate showdown between the heroine and the baddie.

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And lastly, Judith McNaughty 

The feminist in me was a bit upset by her virgin, damsels-in-distress heroines that were obsess with the leading hero.  The playboy hero would brutally take their virginity out of some misunderstanding and spend the rest of the novel trying to fight back their love and desire to claim the heroine who has moved on. Yes, most of McNaughty’s novels take place in a time where women were sold into marriage and woman’s rights wasn’t even a concept, so you can’t completely write situations outside of that norm. But McNaughty did give her headstrong heroines’ strengths in their own ways and the passion between the characters made up for any misogynistic ideas that came into play. I loved Paradise and A Kingdom of Dreams.

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As an adult, my reading taste have grown and changed. However, I still occasionally think back at those authors from my preteens and teenage years. Their stories spark fond memories of lengthy entertainment while inspiring me to tell my story in offbeat and suspenseful ways.

What authors from your past didn’t make it on the list? How did they influence you? Have you read any of the writers mentioned above? What is your personal opinion of their writing? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Could You Be a Writer? 10 Ways to Know If You Are a Writer.

writingPeople have dreams of being a firefighter, a famous actor or singer. They imagine the enjoyment of being excited to work every day, instead of slumping out of bed to do a job they have no interest in. A job that pays the bills. Not everyone gets their dream job. Not everyone knows what they are meant to do in life or what really makes them happy to go to work. One way to find out is by exploring your habits and interests. Could you be a writer?
The questions below explore the possibility of this field of creativity. Your personal answers will reveal if this is the right path for you.

1. Do you have a notepad or some paper and pen next to your bed stand?
If you have these items resting by your bed, you are a person who has ideas that you must jot down in the middle of the night, before bed, and when you wake up. You can’t let those ideas go. You may use them for a future story or use them to help improve the novel you are working on now. Either way, that pad by your bed is a clear sign that you are a writer.
2. Do you imagine alternative endings to books, TV shows, or films?
After you read a book, watch TV or come from the cinema, your mind plays around with better ideas to end a storyline that you had been somewhat enjoying until the middle or end of it. You think that could have been so much better if they had done this instead. Writers think of how to revise a story.
3. Have you ever read a book and thought you could do better?
In an eBook enterprise of self-publishing that has exploded in the past decade, readers will come across some crappy novels. (I hope I’m not in that category.) These books will lack substance, have predictable outcomes, and cheesy dialogue. Basically, a step below watching a made for TV movie from Hallmark. If you have been exposed to such horrendous writing, you may want to write something to show up other authors.
4. Are you thinking about a book idea?
Everyone has a unique story that springs from their own individual experiences. Novels are a manifestation of what has happened mixed with what could have happened. You could have an idea for a book that with time and patience can turn into a great novel.
5. In passing moments, do you think about how to work out a storyline or scene?
Whether you are stuck in traffic or having a cigarette outside on your porch, if you find yourself imagining what your character will do to carry into the next plot point or how the story can turn into a book, then you must be a writer.
6. Do you write down interesting names and research baby naming websites when you are not expecting a little one?
You’re not having a baby but you are looking up meanings of names. Nicknames and popularity rank of names that you find interesting are playing across your mind. You watch the opening credits of a show and think “Wow that person has a good last name”. Some writers have trouble thinking up the right name for their characters. What name will be suitable to portray the awesomeness of this person that had been plaguing their thoughts? Authors use search engines to spark this inspiration for that name their readers will remember forever.
7. Do you daydream about characters?
When you have an idea of a person, you think of how they would respond to a certain comment. Wonder how they would act in normal or abnormal situations. How they would dress and gesture. Their background. The way they enter a room. These and many other scenarios authors find themselves creating in the cervices of their imaginations.
8. Do ideas come to you when you are people watching?
Say you are sitting on a park bench or in line for the cashier at a store. Look around you. People are interacting. They give the quiet observe plenty of ammunition to use in a story. Lots of times writers will find themselves eavesdropping into a public conversation and thinking “I could use that in my book”.
9. Are you the storyteller in your group of friends or in your family?
During the course of a week or a day, one might find that they are spinning a tale about a person or a fictional event to entertain loved ones. Maybe your lover asks you to tell them a naughty story during pillow talk. Talking about a world/scene where people escape into has become your talent. Use that to begin writing.
10. Do you not remember conversations your partner has said about change of plans for that day or week?
Maybe you missed what was said about an appointment, an asked favor or some assigned responsible. Lately, a few times in the week my husband claims he told me that I’m dropping of kids because he has an appointment or my daughter has to have a certain item that day for school , etc. And I have no reconciliation of this conversation. Nothing rings a bell. All because as he was talking while my mind was occupied by a story. When the story becomes an obsession you might need to write.
So, could you be a writer? If you answered yes for most of these questions, you are on your way to being a potential writer. Don’t quit your job. Explore your talent in this. Jot down some notes. Try writing out a plot. Write a novel. Get someone to read it. Then, revise and edit the crap out of it. Check out my earlier blog, Turn Your Story Ideas into a Novelfor help.
If you answered no, to most of these. Then you know writing may not be for you. Explore something else. What do you enjoy doing in your free time? How can you make it a career out of it?

Leave a comment about your own ideas of what makes a writer.
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Mike Chang’s Seduction Playlist 

hot asianMike Chang from the Hollywood Demands series might not have gotten his fair chance with Mya Basset in Books 1-3. Mike has been sweet and patient. A fine Asian action star with good tastes and money. How could Mya resist such a catch?

Well, in Book 4, Mike gets his chance with Mya. Listen to the sexy tones he plays for her while he makes his move.

Read Hollywood Demands: Book 4: Roll Camera! to find out if Mike gets the sexy opportunity that has been a long time coming.

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I Feel You Through My Naps: Film Review of Netflix’s “Nappily Ever After”

Nappily ever afterAs I was swiping through a selection of Netflix’s new releases, my finger stopped when I saw a shadowed figure of  big hair with natural curls sticking out. My excitement intensified when I read the title: “Nappily Ever After”.

The novel with the same name was written by Trisha Thomas. It is the first book in this series that has been adapted into inspiring film.

In this story, Violet Jones (played by Sanaa Lathan) has spent her life a slave to her hair.  Everything she does has to be in favor of protecting her hairstyle. Fear of rainy weather, waking up at the creak of dawn and hesitation to swim has all been a product of her stress in upkeeping her hair care.

The incident of the story starts when her man refuses to ask for her hand in marriage because she is too perfect. Violet breaks down. After some dramatic changes to her hair, she makes a bold move by freeing herself and shaving all it off!

From there, Violet takes us on a journey through hair and soul where the audience sees that hair doesn’t define you. You make it work to enhance the beauty you are working with.

Being a Black woman who has had years of hair trauma before throwing out my hair press, I definitely could relate to this. This is not a film that is saying weaves or relaxed hair is evil and oppressive. It’s one woman’s battle with black hair which happens to be similar to a lot of other Black women. Violet’s decision to put her confidence behind the unpopular traditional form of beauty is brave. And girl worked it! Sanaa Lathan looked good!

There isn’t anything bad I can say about this film.  Sanaa does a pivotal performance in her frustration and heartbreak towards the reactions to people and her hair. She plays a great nonsense character that schools the people in her life as well as the audience on loving your life and the people in it.

Whether, you have natural hair, braids, weaves, or just are curious about Black hair, I strongly recommend you watch this feel-good movie, “NAPPILY EVER AFTER” on Netflix.

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Self-Publishers’ Guide to Editing: A new way to edit your novel

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Congrats you’ve put your ideas to paper and have created a story. You have done what many have always thought about, but never tried to do. Be proud.

Now, as a self-publisher, it’s time for the hard part: EDITING. This can be frustrating and painful. What to cut? What to do to improve my writing?

Or, maybe, you don’t feel like anything needs to change. Keep in mind first drafts are called the first for a reason. Everything can be improved on the second or five hundred try.

Being a self-published author doesn’t mean you have to do it all alone. The internet is ripe with advice and services to help. Like this one.

Here is a method I use to help get through the process of editing:

  1. First, take a break for your novel. It’s easier to be objective if you walk away from your project for some time. It gives you a chance to look at it with fresh eyes.

Ideally, I like to let it be for a month. But, sometimes, I have time constraints that make that impossible. (Meaning, I didn’t make my personal deadline and now I’m scrambling to get the book ready to publish.) If waiting a month isn’t going to work for you, take two weeks.

Also, during this time, don’t think about your book. Spend two or four weeks (or more) with a clear mind. Occupy yourself with other things like a new novel or family life or blogging. Whatever it takes to distract you from obsessing over your story.

The clearer your mind is about your novel, the more distant you can be when you do sit down to edit it. This way you can experience reading how someone else might read it. I’ve returned to a novel and been amazed by what was written, good and bad. At times, I’ve been surprise that I was the one that had written parts of a chapter. That is how you want to be when approaching your unedited work. You want to fool yourself into thinking someone else wrote it, so you can edit the crap out of it without ego and/or shame.

Think about it. Not being that close to the story allows you to pick your words apart better when you think it was written by another person.

 

2. Next, listen to the complete book. And do it without editing anything!

 Audio can be a great and quick way to get through your novel without editing it. On my phone, I use a great free app called @Voice Aloud Reader. It’s a TTS reader that will read any book, pdf, doc, txt, or html that you upload on to your phone. It’s perfect when I’m on the go.

When I’m at my laptop I use another free app called ReadAloud. You can cut and paste things to be read or get it from files on your computer.

It’s been my lifesaver. Hearing your words from another source helps give that illusion that someone else wrote it. Again, you have an ally in helping you look at your novel objectively. Plus, it slows down your reading process so you don’t miss anything.

Yet, the important thing here is to ignore proofreading. You are looking for things, like: Is the story line solid? Does it make sense? Are you telling more than showing? Do events transition well?  Do your character’s words and actions follow the type of person they are? Is anything you’ve written possible? And if not, have you set up scenes that make the reader believe it could be possible? Do you like what was written or is there something missing? What is that something missing? How and where can you add that missing piece?

Take notes on each chapter as you listen. Note what information needs to be added or is possibly unnecessary.

 

3. Then, go back and fix. Take your notes from the listening and rewrite parts that you found could need some work.

Again, don’t worry about proofreading. That is not important right now. You could have the best grammar and punctuation in the world, but it means nothing if your story sucks. Work the story. Polish it until you are happy.

4. Then, take another break. This time a week or more. Remember, you want to look at it with a pair of fresh eyes. Give yourself some time to approach your novel as a new reader would.

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5. Next, listen again. Make sure it’s how you want it. Does the story work? Does it flow? Or do you feel it’s choppy? Does the basic plot formula ring through? (Check out my older blog, Turning Your Story Ideas Into a Novel, to see how a plot formula comes together.)

If needed, do more rewriting and listening in altered sections until you have a product to your satisfaction.

Some use this time to get beta readers to get feedback before they publish. If you do get a group of beta readers or family and friends to look over your work, give them copy that you have proofread thoroughly. Here are a few places to help you get a beta reader to read your book:

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/50920-beta-reader-group

https://publishdrive.com/what-is-a-beta-reader/

https://www.janefriedman.com/find-beta-readers/

 

6. Now, you‘re ready to proofread. Personally, I like to proofread a couple or more days after the last rewrite. But that’s my style. If I had given myself more time, I would rather have waited another two or three weeks before proofreading. (But that’s something I have to work on.)  I like to let things marinate because usually when I come back to it, I get better ideas and I see possible holes in the story as well as rookie typos.

 

Finally, you are done editing. Send it to get published either through self-publishing platforms like Smashwords, Draft2Digital or Amazon. Or all of them.

If you prefer going the route of a publishing house, then research your places. Make sure they sell what you have written and work on selling your novel to them. All roads are possible with a completed and edited book that you have written on your own.

Remember, no matter how little or how much profit you receive from your story, be excited that you finished it and polished it to your proudest point. You’re a writer now. Praise the craft. Respect the art.

What are some editing tips you have used in the past? Try my method and tell me how it went. Tell your trials or victories with editing and/or writing in the comment section below.

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Chris Foley’s Love Mixtape

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I’ve been thinking about music and how it makes a great soundtrack for life. Listening to the right song can take you into the mood of any story. It can express the thoughts and feelings you have better than you could formulate the words.

So, I got to thinking, what if Chris Foley from the Hollywood Demands series made a mixtape for his love interest,Mya Bassett? What songs would be on it?

Knowing his rock background and playful, flirty personality, I think the smart ass within him would have an interesting romance soundtrack. Check itout below.

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The list:

Fuck you gently—Tenacious D 

Close the Door – Teddy Pendergrass 

Brown Eyed Girl-Van Morrison 

Ride -The Vines 

Winning Days- The Vines 

Turn off the Lights- Teddy Pendergrass 

To Be with You-Mr. Big 

Joker-Stevie Miller Band 

Don’t Stop Me Now–Queen

Crazy –Areosmith 

Nothing Can Change This Love-Sam Cooke 

Baby Got Back–Sir Mix-a-lot 

You Are The Best Thing- Ray La Montagne 

Jesus, Etc. – Wilco 

The Blower’s Dautgher- Damien Rice 

Nothing Compares to You—Chris Cornell 

Read more about Chris and Mya at amazon.com/author/jasminelace in the Hollywood Demands series.

Which songs did you enjoy having in the series? What songs do you think should be a included in it? Write your answers in the comment section below.

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The Sexiest Songs Compilation to Use When Getting It On Vol. 1 

Summer is over and fall has arrived. I hope you had a great summer. I did. My three months were filled with sun, beach, shopping, travelling, writing and my kids getting on my last nerve. Three months is too long for little ones who don’t have a backyard to go crazy in.

But that is another story. Fall is here and with it comes the start of colder weather, which is a perfect time to get cuddly and close with the one that you love. And good music can set that mood.

I love music. I listen to it while I clean, cook, and sometimes when I’m working. It takes you to a different level. Calls on your pain, your beliefs and your pleasure. Music sets the mood while keeping the moment going in as it heightens your love level while your other sensations are being tantalized in an intimate moment.

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Here are the songs that any sex groove mix should have: (Put them an any particular order you desire. For me, a sexy groove mix should start with a good warmer; continue with beats to get you to continue to pump it out; and end on a sweet cool down. However, you can play an any order to get to add to your hot spot workout. 😉-)

SEXY GROOVES Vol. 1

(Click on titles to purchase songs.)

Tonight—John Legend featuring Ludacris 

Sumthin’ Sumthin’–Maxwell 

T-shirt & Panties—Adina Howard featuring Jamie Foxx 

Til the Cop Come Knockin’–Maxwell

Let’s Get It On—Marvin Gaye                   Click here to play all

Touch My Body—Mariah Carey 

Untitled—D’Angelo 

In Love with You—Erykah Badu featuring Stephen Marley 

I’ve Been Loving You Too Long—Otis Redding 

Keep checking back for future volumes. Have I missed any? If you’re favorite didn’t make this list, tell me what I should add to the next volume of ‘Get It On’ songs.

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