Why I Use Music in My Writing

I 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…

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Novels Every Romance Author Should Have Read

My 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…

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

People 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…

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Mike Chang’s Seduction Playlist 

Mike 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…

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

As 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…

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

  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…

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Chris Foley’s Love Mixtape

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. Click to hear the music on youtube.com 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 …

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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…

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How to Survive a Family Trip: An Introduction to Avoiding Family Vacation Misery

  When people think vacation, relaxation and fun always springs to mind. Going away with the family brings in the reality of stress while trying to juggle different personalities and interest. How does one get to relax and enjoy a place when some many people in a group want to do a hundred things in…

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Twisted American Folklore

  I am a big fan of Shakespeare, folklore and mythology. So, when I come across film, tv series or novels that dabble in these topics, I’m immediately down to experience the writer’s craft of reinvention. I have to respect the art and boldness to take loved stories and make them the writer’s  own. This is the main reason…

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