Earned By The Billionaire 2 by Shani Greene-Dowdell!

Earned by the Billionaire 2
When I was in high school, I had a full-blown affair with Lyle Walker.
It was novice and innocent but turned out to be one sided.
Somewhere deep inside, I felt he loved me.
Something in his eyes told me it was real.
All of that was shattered when he rejected me in front of a packed gymnasium.
But none of that matters ten years later, as I’m faced with a proposition for a week of my time in exchange for a loan from his bank.


“By ruining her, I became undone.
When Nate asked me why Pamelon Jackson was following me around senior year, I should have punched him in the face.
It was a sad existence to love her not have the nerve to tell the world.
I was worried about what everyone would say.
But that was boy Lyle Walker, not the full-blooded man that I am today.
Now, I’m ready to do whatever it takes to get my woman back, including opening the vaults to my bank and my heart.

From Shani Greene-Dowdell, the author of the highly acclaimed Breathless: In Love with an Alpha Billionaire series, comes a fiery, heartfelt novel about a woman trying to fulfill her promise to her father who died of cancer, when she finds out the CEO of the only bank in town willing to finance her dream is man who shattered her heart so long ago.”

~ Lyle~


You’ll want to grab this new gem from Author Shani Greene-Dowdell!

Earned By The Billionaire 2 available on Amazon today!

You can also keep up with all that’s new on Shani’s website, her Twitter and Instagram pages.


Denali & Athena: Undeniable Love by EMBUE Coming 10-10-17

Meet Carson and Cherokee Chapman, the parents of Denali. Highly educated, world travelers and inventors of many useful items. When they are not giving lectures, doing philanthropy work or research, they are watching their son mature with his endeavors and family. The secret they hold near and dear to their hearts could be more painful than the sacrifice in place. Find out on 10.10.17 in Denali and Athena; Undeniable Love under Loretta R. Walls’ pen name of EMBUE.

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Wild Whispers…A Tender Interracial Novella from Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku #NewRelease


Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku dropped by my spot to share a little bit about her upcoming new novel entitled, Wild Whispers! Stella is all about the Flirty & Feisty so I know you look forward to hearing about this new novella!


wild whispers stella book coverA Tender Interracial Novella

Authored by Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku

~ Flirty & Feisty Romance Novel ~

Scarred but not broken, beautiful Adaora Dike made a tough choice early in life and she had no regret until she lost everyone and everything without warning. She finds comfort in a quiet home in the woods, deep in Dagor Village. Out there, Adaora discovers nature and animals do not condemn, only people do. One rainy night, a male shadow dashes across her yard, her heart flips over and she faces emotional chaos.

While on a field trip in Africa, handsome photographer, Gary Mason gets stranded in the woods. He finds an abandoned shelter occupied by a lonely but lovely woman he cannot not get out of his head. This is one photography shoot he wants to forget, but Adaora has a firm grip on his heart and might change his life forever.
Through many Wild Whispers, will Adaora and Gary change each other or will fate intervene to keep them apart?    ~ From the Author of Red Velvet Rose ~

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Wild Whispers 

Gary’s intense eyes searched Adaora’s for a long while.

Stiffening her spine and grinding her teeth, Adaora tightened her hold on the petroleum jelly tub.

There was something going on between them she could not name. Only their eyes understood the silent messages exchanged.

“Only if you remove the clip from your hair, Adaora will I allow you apply the jelly.” Gary’s insistent rough whisper melted the steel in her backbone and she shifted backwards.

“Why?” she asked as her heart fluttered a little.

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picture of stellaStella is a fun loving mother of two teenagers, married to her gorgeous husband and best friend who indulges her romantic habits. Writing contemporary and historical romance novels is an exciting adventure for her. Out of curiosity and belief that love conquers all, she has written several Interracial & Multicultural Romance Novels.

In 2010, Stella created Flirty & Feisty Romance Novels, a collection of toe-curling, intriguing, and skin-tingling romance with compelling characters who have heart and soul and jump off the pages of the book. All her stories are dotted with twists and turns and are set in fascinating Africa, enticing Europe & enchanting America.

To experience and enjoy an intense emotional ride, pick up a copy of any of her novels: Loitering Shadows, Beyond the Lady, The Gardener’s Ice Maiden, Sparkling Dawn, Husband to Rent, Stolen Valentine Kiss (Holiday Series #1), Kiss My Lips (Holiday Series #2), Forbidden Dance, Stolen Valentine Kiss & Kiss My Lips (Holiday Series 2~ Books ~ in ~ 1), Tempting Desire, Seduced Hearts, Red Velvet Rose and Wild Whispers.

Stella’s first historical/suspense/mystery romance, Royal Cowries (Cowries Series #1) will give you an insight into a different Africa.

A luxury home by the seaside is on Stella’s wish list. In her spare time, she loves to swim on her back like a starfish, watch TV, go to the movies with her family and read romance novels.


Pick up this exciting new release!

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Make sure to follow and comment on Stella’s blog tour—it just may win you her Wild Whispers Bracelet  Giveaway in the Reader’s choice of Flirty & Feisty Romance Novels!


Stay connected with Stella on Twitter her website, blog, or on Facebook to keep up with her upcoming novels and giveaways!

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Wild Whispers…A Tender Interracial Novella from Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku #NewRelease

Wild Whispers is Available Now!

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Make sure to follow and comment on Stella’s blog tour—it just may win you her Wild Whispers Bracelet Rhinestone Link Chain BraceletGiveaway in the Reader’s choice of Flirty & Feisty Romance Novels!



Stay connected with Stella on Twitter, her website, blog, or on Facebook to keep up with her upcoming novels and giveaways!

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Guest Spot: Author M. J. Kane and her new book release “Nobody’s Business”

  First of all, thank you Nikki for hosting me on my blog tour and letting me share a snippet of my new release, NOBODY’S BUSINESS!

Symbolism has always been a pivotal part of my stories, and of course butterflies are an important part of each of the Butterfly Memoirs novels, especially when it comes to colors. This snippet follows the female lead in the novel, Kai Malone, as she discovers, with the help of her niece, the significance of a butterfly she saw when her paths crossed with the novels male lead, Trevon Campbell. Enjoy!


“Auntie K, what’s that?”

I set my Kindle down and studied the picture my niece held up. “It’s a butterfly.”

“Is a butterfly a bug?”

I smiled. My niece, Christina, was an inquisitive thing. At the age of five, she was all about asking questions. And like most kids, no topic was out of bounds. Thankfully, this question was an innocent one.

“Yes, it is.”

“Do butterflies come from the same place babies come from?”

I stifled a laugh, wondering where this question was about to lead. There was never a dull moment when babysitting my niece. Kelli had already told me she’d been avoiding the ‘where do babies come from’ question as much as possible. She, of course, told her it was from her tummy, but refused to answer the question of how did it get there. I told my sister she was going to have to answer it someday, like it or not.

“What do you mean?”

“Is momma going to have a butterfly?” Lying on the floor of my apartment with Sugar next to her, Christina closed her book, sat up, then crawled onto the sofa next to me. Her eyes were full of questions.

This was indeed the warm up for something more.

“No, sweetie. Mommy’s not having a butterfly; she’s having a baby. You’re going to have a little brother in a few months.”

“He’s not going to have wings like a butterfly?” Her disappointment appeared genuine.

To that, I really laughed. “No, silly. Human mommies can’t have insects, and a butterfly is an insect.”

Her little nose wrinkled in thought. “How does a mommy butterfly have baby butterflies?”

And there it was…the precursor to asking how her little brother got to be inside her mommy’s tummy. “Good question, let’s find out.”

I set the Kindle down and reached for my iPad, pulled up the internet and searched. Christina was fascinated by the pictures and information we found. Her curiosity satisfied, she asked to watch a movie. I let her select tonight’s kid flick, then popped a bag of popcorn. Having watched Despicable Me plenty of times, I found my thoughts going back to what we learned about butterflies.

The life cycle and symbolic meaning was nothing new. But for some reason today, it resonated with me on a different level.

I settled in on the sofa, kicked my legs up, and did more research. It was amazing what you could find on the internet. Most information, though, had to be taken with a grain of salt, because anybody could post anything on the World Wide Web. There were facts to be found and a grain of truth hidden within the fiction.

One page in particular got my attention.

Someone posted a question regarding the spiritual meanings behind butterflies. I had never thought of a butterfly that way, and wasn’t sure I ever would. Yet one person’s comment made me think.

‘You may have changes going on in your life and are unsure of how things will turn out. Sighting a butterfly over and over again could mean that you will emerge from the situation an unexpected new you.’

Wow. My mind went back to the day of the birthday party.

The moment I got out of my car and walked up the walkway to the front door, a butterfly had crossed my path then landed on the bush next to the front porch. It drew my attention because of its odd color. The body of it was black with matching wings and yellow accents around the edges. I’d never seen anything like it before.

I’d taken a picture of it with my phone, though after my run-ins with Malik and then Trevon at the party and Applebee’s, I forgot about it. Phone in hand, I pulled up the pictures, cycling through until I found what I was looking for. Curious, I searched the web for more information about what could be the promise of something new in my life.

After thirty minutes I found my butterfly; a Black Swallowtail. It was beautiful. I saved the image and sent a copy of it to my cell phone. Once it was downloaded, I set the image as the screen saver. Intrigued by the prospect of seeing a butterfly that stood out among the usual small yellow ones I saw around my house, the florist in me decided to research the meanings of its coloring. Black and yellow.

Instead of using the internet, I got off the sofa and went to the bookshelf in the corner of my living room. It took a few minutes to locate my florist books, given to me by my mother when I was younger, hidden behind my favorite paperback and hardback novels. I wiped off the dust and went to the kitchen to grab a cup of peppermint tea. After filling my mug with water, adding a tea bag, and putting it into the microwave, I flipped to the chapter that discussed the meanings of colors.

Black and yellow…black and yellow.


According to the information, the color black stood for power, adaptability, mystery, and the promise of things unknown.

Yellow represented joy, happiness, and the promise of a happy future.

“The promise of a happy future…I could really use that right about now.”

Not that I was exactly upset with my life. I had my dream job, a home I was proud of, and family that loved me. Not to mention, I was blessed with good health.

Christina’s laughter brought me out of my thoughts.

Then again, I was home on a Saturday night, babysitting my niece while my sister and her husband went out for a night on the town.

I looked at the picture of the butterfly that now graced the home screen of my phone and focused on the black wings and wondered…

What unknown promise awaited me in my future?


To celebrate the release of the fourth novel in The Butterfly Memoirs series, I am giving away a basket filled with Butterfly Memoirs goodies, including autographed paperback copies of ALL FOUR BOOKS!!!!  All you have to do is follow the month long blog tour and Tweet, Like, and Share!

Click here to enter!

Trevon Campbell’s world changed the moment his ex-girlfriend announced he was a father. Determined to make up for his past mistakes, he gives Trina what she wanted before their breakup, what feels like his soul, which means forgetting the woman he had a one-night stand with, the woman who stole his heart.

Kai Malone doesn’t want to play by her family’s rules. Instead of working for the family business, she became a firefighter. Being a female of multicultural descent, working in a field dominated by men, Kai focuses on her job to ignore the infidelity of her fiancé. Tired of his deceit, she gave in to a one-night stand with a complete stranger, someone she’d never have to see again…or so she thought.

When tragedy strikes, their worlds collide, leaving them no choice but to deal with each other again. It doesn’t take long for them to realize the attraction that brought them together the first time is stronger than ever, forcing Trevon to make the biggest decision of his life.

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M.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this once stay at home mom never lost the overactive imagination of an only child. As an adult she made up stories, though never shared them, to keep herself entertained. It wasn’t until surviving a traumatic medical incident in 2006 that she found a reason to let the characters inhabiting her imagination free.  Upon the suggestion of her husband, she commandeered his laptop and allowed the characters to take life. It was that, or look over her shoulder for men carrying a purple strait jacket. And the rest, as they say, is history.

No longer a television addict, if M.J. isn’t reading a book by one of her favorite authors, she’s battling with her creative muse to balance writing and being a wife and mother. She resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her high school sweetheart, four wonderful children, and four pit bulls. During the day, MJ is a librarian, in her spare time she is director of a local writer’s group, or online connecting with readers and other authors. Other activities she enjoys include: creating custom floral arrangements, assisting her children in their creative pursuits of music and art, and supporting her husband’s music production business, 3D Sounds.

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My Dream



In 2010, I was one of thousands displaced from my job. In the following months, while I decided to take the time to continue my education and pursue my writing, which I did eventually publish some stories—I came face-to-face with a deep depression.

There is something about losing a job that can sometimes make one feel as if they’ve lost a part of their identity. I felt a great deal of loss.  Leaving the house became incredibly hard to do. And in time the phobia of being in large spaces with groups of people was overwhelming. In fact it still is and now there are other health issues that make it difficult for me to walk.

However, back then, I knew unemployment insurance wouldn’t last forever. Aside from actively looking for employment I also asked myself, ‘What can I do from home that I could possibly develop into a business?’  I liked the idea of selling soap.

I did a lot of research on the industry and even made a batch. It wasn’t cute. Then I discovered there were other options in this industry. I could resell natural soap from a reputable company. I love the company I later chose!

country gift basketI have sold many soaps from time to time.  It became something to do when my family was going through adverse financial circumstances. But as my client base began to grow from my writing I began to believe that I could really make this work.  However, there are many things that I presently can’t afford to expand this business.  For instance, at this time, I cannot afford to purchase a business license.

In addition, I would like to expand to include things such as GMO free body butters and lotions at a price that is reasonable to my clients as well as upgrade my packaging to enhance the pampering experience.

The money needed to obtain these things as well as adequate on-hand inventory to expedite shipping to my customers, funding for marketing and alternate distribution would help so much.

To be able to nurture the business that I’m now doing so that I can consistently assist my husband in taking care of our daughter and other household needs would be like a dream come true!  Renee basket order2  sml

Your donations could go a long way to assist me in doing that. I would be in appreciation of whatever you can give.

Would you like to donate?


In case you missed it…


APR. 2015



Pampering Things Newsletter 

Pampering You Mind, Body & Spirit


Get Your Pampering In

with Nikki’s Soap of the Month Club!  



Life is so busy that sometimes we forget to restore ourselves. Pampering is a great way to remind ourselves we matter. After you fill out my form, I get an idea of what you like. Based on this you will get the customized scented soap and extra treat for the subscribed period you choose.
And what friend wouldn’t appreciate a soap gift subscription? Could you imagine how thankful to you they will be each time they pamper themselves?
If you’re looking for a unique way to ensure you get your pampering in, drop by Nikki’s Pampering Thingstoday!

This Month’s Pampering Tips


Bath Pampering with Potpourri or Aromatic Oils


A suggestion from the online gazette Chic Factor  is to use scent to relax. They suggest “using your favorite aromatic oil in your bath water or even your hair. An Hour Long Shower — Kick it off with a relaxing hour long shower. Fix yourself a nice bubble bath. Do the scrubbing, washing, moisturizing and all that. Once done here’ a small ‘oil’ tip (should) guarantee an invigorating whiff every time you move your head ;).”



  Feature of the Month:

Nzinga, Owner of Nzinga Designs 


Nzinga Designs is comfortable clothing for women from petite to plus sizes.  Bold colors, a mixture of different textures, and attention to detail, defines Nzinga Design.  All Nzinga Designs are hand-made originals.  Therefore, you will not see yourself coming and going.



I have a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-at-Whitewater. With a double major in Biology and English.  Originally, I wanted to be a writer.  Later, I switched to pre-medicine, then back to writing.  But, sewing has always been a part of my life.  I would sew when I wanted to create something.  I suppose it’s in my DNA.  My maternal grandmother made quilts and she sewed.  My mother’s oldest sister, Aunt Esther, was a professional sewer.  She worked at a company as a seamstress.   She would make all our prom dresses.  All we had to do was tell her what we wanted.  She could make leather purses and cover shoes with leather.  She was really good.  She could make anything.


I taught myself to sew while in the Army.  I bought a book and a $99.00 Sears Kenmore sewing machine.  I had taken the basics in Miss Jones’ 7th grade sewing class, where I learned to make a gathered skirt and apron.  My mother, however, felt that my older sister should be the designated sewer in the family.  She thought I didn’t know enough and couldn’t be trusted with making our school clothes.


So, when we went to Sears & Roebuck’s to look in the pattern books, and choose fabric, my sister did everything and came home and made everything.  She could only make gathered skirts, but I wanted so badly to make them too.  So, in the Army, away from home, I saw my chance.  I read that book from cover to cover and taught myself to sew.


I learned to sew quite well.  By the time I left the Army, and was in college, I could make men’s sports jackets, and all kinds of women’s clothing. People were always asking me to sew for them, but I would only sew creatively, when I felt the urge, and only for my husband and daughter. I started designing when as a young mother, I couldn’t find the pretty lacey dresses for my daughter when she reached around 12 years old.  They just didn’t make them.


So, I began designing and making the kind of dresses I wanted to see her in.  She would wear them to school for the Christmas programs and other special occasions, and everyone wanted to know where she got the dresses.

They wanted one.


After college, I stuck with the writing, becoming published.  I mostly wrote poetry, short stories, articles, and book reviews.  I was senior writer and editor for Thread the Needle, a cable television show in Chicago.  Becoming a writer was my focus.  I was going to write the great American novel.  So, when the Holy Spirit urged me to become a designer, I was shocked and scared.  But, I was obedient and began seriously designing and building my brand and business.


My beautiful and intelligent daughter, Kenya Kimball,  currently on the Dean’s List at Roosevelt University in Chicago,  is also my marketing manager and consultant at Nzinga Designs.  She does a brilliant job for me.


I will be posting my Spring 2015 Collection soon.  Right now, anyone interested in purchasing a Nzinga Design, please email me at


I am currently working on my website.  I would appreciate “likes” to my fan page at








Writers, looking for an editor?

Check out Karen McCollum-Rodgers, CEO of 

Critique Editing Services   


Since the age of four when she first learned to read, Karen McCollum-Rodgers has always been an insatiable word nerd. She chose her career based on her love of words, and honed her writing and editing skills, becoming a technical writer of information technology and information security documentation as well as creating content for computer-based training.


When reading for pleasure, she found herself cringing over some of the books due to numerous errors. She decided to parlay her writing/editing skills into a business to help authors alleviate the distraction errors cause.  She reached out to her first potential client, who responded with an enthusiastic, “You’re an answer to prayer!” and six books to edit and Critique Editing Services was born. Ms. Rodgers’ goal is to provide quality editing services at a low cost allowing authors to present their books in the best possible light.


Through word of mouth Critique Editing Services is still going strong four years later.


In This Issue
 Pampering Tips:

    Aromatic Oils


 Soap of the Month:

Cherry Almond Soap Bar


of the Month:






Karen McCollum-Rodgers, CEO  ofCritique Editing Services 




Pampering Gift Ideas


 Mini Travel

Soap Gift Tote



  Ultra Pampering Country Gift Basket




Spring Wraps











Cuddly Slippers




Soap of the Month:

Cherry Almond    Soap Bar

The classic blend of sweet cherries and nutty almond with a touch of cherry blossoms…

If you love crocheting or knitting with lovely chenille yarn, please check out my friend Jeanne Hommes

at the Chenille Shack

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