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Angelia’s Novel, “Widow ” is FREE On Saturday!

 

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Angelia Vernon Menchan is wife, mother, nana, mentor and prolific author. Since January 2006, she has published 17 books and an additional 33 ebooks through her small publishing company, MAMM Productions. She is also the Co-founder of Honorable MENCHAN Media, through which she has published books for other authors. Her personal motto is, ‘There is abundance through God for all of us; we simply have to be open for our blessings.’ She resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband and cover designer, Maurice Menchan. Tomorrow one of her bestsellers, Widowed will be free all day!

 

Here’s a taste:Widow

The attorney’s office was spacious and masculine. Arista had never known Paul’s attorney. When they married, they were both established in their own right and they simply created a marital account and added funds to it and prepared wills. She knew there was an insurance policy but had no idea what Paul left other than the house and things they jointly owned. Walking into the office, she was surprised to see Jackson was already there. She was further surprised that Paul’s attorney was a tall, muscular man who looked to be about forty in a bespoke suit with a neat beard, divine dark skin and the sexiest lips she had ever seen.

What the h#ll am I thinking? Arista wondered. Standing, the attorney made his way to Arista offering his hand in greeting.

“Welcome, Mrs. Melbourne-Sebastian, I wish we had met prior to now.” His eyes held hers. “I am Donald Prescott, I handled your husband’s affairs.”

“Thanks Mr. Prescott but I am Arista Melbourne, my name never changed.” She said, releasing her hand from his grip. Jackson stood and kissed the side of her face. She looked at him in surprise; he had never done anything like that. Donald watched them both with intelligent, probing eyes.

“Please have a seat, this will is very straightforward. I met with Paul as you are aware at least twice annually and he found a way to articulate what he wanted. The last time I spoke with him, he changed his will to include Mr. Sharper, who he indicated was one of his trusted caretakers.” Donald paused to glance at Arista and Jackson before continuing. All Arista noticed was how deep and melodious his voice was.

“Everything he owned, including the house, his car and his considerable assets and savings will be left to his wife, Ms. Melbourne. To Mr. Sharper, he bequeaths a sum of twenty-five thousand dollars and all of his golf clubs and memberships.” Jackson turned to Arista in surprise.

“I had no expectations, he was my friend.” Jackson said.

“You were invaluable to Paul and to me, Jackson. You were there so I could handle my business and simply as Paul’s friend. That is the least he could do.” Arista glanced up to find Donald staring at her.

“If there are no further questions, there are documents for signing and Mr. Sharper, my accountant can provide you with your check today. As I indicated this was straightforward. Ms. Melbourne, I would love to talk to you after this meeting.” Donald said, standing. Jackson looked uncertain but he stood as well and Donald led him to another area.

After several minutes, Donald returned to the room and sat on the edge of his desk, facing Arista. His nearness made her slightly uncomfortable.

“So, you are a contractor.” Donald stated more than asked.

“Yes. I own Melbourne Designs. Nowadays, I am more the owner than actual designer due to my husband’s illness but yes it is all mine. I started it when I was twenty five.”

“I wasn’t expecting you. You were never around when I visited Paul and he never introduced us. I thought you would be in your fifties or sixties. Paul was sixty-seven.”

“I am fifty, almost fifty one.”

“Let me see your identification.” Donald said.

“I am. I’m sure you are trying to be complimentary counselor but I am fifty.”

“Wow… Do you have any other questions?” He asked, changing the tone of the conversation.

“No, I will sign what you need me to sign and be on my way.”

“You don’t want to know how much money he left, other than the insurance policy?”

“I really don’t care about that right now. My husband died less than two weeks ago and you know what I crave more than anything? I crave sleep. For the past two weeks, I am in my pajamas by seven and I sleep an incredible thirteen to fourteen hours. I had not slept more than five hours per night in five years.”

“What do you plan to do when you finally wake up?” Donald asked.

“I will let you know when that happens.” Arista said. “Please provide me with the papers.

To keep up with the latest from Angelia Vernon Menchan and for updates on her upcoming novel, Calling Malcolm, follow her on her Fan Page, and her website.

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Angelia Vernon Menchan WAS in Nikki’s Chat Chair!

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‘There is abundance through God for all of us; we simply have to be open for our blessings.’

Angelia Vernon Menchan,  publisher and public speaker, was in my chat chair.  Angelia owns two publishing companies, MAMM Productions and Honorable Menchan Media and is also a Budget Officer and former Job Corps Counselor. To date, she has published eighteen books of her own work, both fiction and non-fiction and more than sixty eBook novellas on Amazon.com.

 Menchan has  published the work of seven other authors to date, including children’s book, Little Wing by biologist, Erin Gawera, Honorable Menchan Poetry 2013 by Dictator, Genesis and Creammy Mocha and a breast cancer memoir, Goodbye Breast, Hello Faith by Lena Jordan.

Check out some of her books below. They are Amazon linked.  Her books can also be found on Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

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Who is Angelia Vernon Menchan?  What are your passions outside of writing?

Angelia Vernon Menchan is a wife, mother, mentor, writer and publisher who loves God, her family and life. Outside of writing my passions are mentoring, traveling, cooking and gardening.

Where are you from?

I was born in Ocala, Florida and now live in Jacksonville.

Tell me about life growing up. How does it affect your writing?

I was a studious girl who was considered mature for her age. There were years when my life was serene and other times filled with home turmoil. It filters into my work in that there are always those who have conflicted lives.

When did you know you were a writer?

Always.

What motivates you to write?

Life and that yearning, burning desire to bring characters to life.

How much of what you write is based on personal experiences?

It depends on what I’m writing. I’m sure that much that I’ve experienced some of it filters in but most is born of a vivid imaginative mind.

What is your research process when preparing a post?

Many of my posts are born of experiences. However I love researching so I will spend hours talking to people or Internet searching.

What genre do you read? What authors do you admire?

I read women’s fiction, spiritual fiction, nonfiction, young adult fiction and contemporary romantic fiction. My favorite authors are Colin Channer, Pearl Cleage, Diane McKinney whetstone, but I enjoy a huge range of authors.

What advice would you give others about writing & in general?

Writing is a solo process that involves dedication to the story and the craft but always be open to constructive criticism and develop a thick skin, everyone will not love your books. Every book isn’t for everyone. Also develop your own voice.

What would you like people to know that they might not know already?

I’m sure people know this, but I cannot reinforce enough that careers in writing are built slowly. It’s not nor should it be a get rich quick schematic. Build your craft and your audience. Also treat readers well.

 It has been an honor to have you in my Chat Chair! I hope you will come back again!  Please continue to follow Angelia on Twitteron her blogFacebook, and on her Amazon page

Tia Kelly WAS in Nikki’s Book Spot!

 

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Pre-order for Feb. 2015

 

Hey everyone! Tia Kelly dropped by my Book Spot to share with us a little something about her greatly anticipated novel, Playing for Love, released on November 26th!   All I know is, if you haven’t grabbed this book, go out and pick it up now!    It’s beautifully written and many scenes will have you completely caught up–better have some Kleenex near by!

  Check out the excerpt below!

 Description:

Kenneth Wilkerson, baseball’s MVP of breaking hearts isn’t in Craymont looking for complications. With an injury that has him sidelined from the game he loves, and the latest scandal in his wake involving a woman who is very much engaged to someone else, the last thing he needs is to get mixed up with Paige Scott.

Paige Scott, a former party-girl, has a very murky past and even murkier relationship with Kenneth’s best friend Carlos Ortiz. Paige knows Carlos watched her go from it girl to broken and when she finally healed, he made it clear to her that he would not step aside to let another man in just to do it again.

But Kenneth lets nothing stand between him and what he loves.

Love for the game… his family… and her.

tia 1PLAYING FOR LOVE is the first novel from the Wilkersons in Love series. Tia Kelly invites you to come meet the Wilkersons and get ready to fall in love.

 Excerpt:

“Open the door, Paige,” Kenneth demanded in between knocks.

He pulled up just in time to see her walk into her front door. His athlete’s reflexes were not enough to make it before she slammed it in his face.

Finally the door swung open. “I need you to leave.”

Kenneth pushed himself inside and reached out to tilt her face upward. He felt the dampness on her skin and felt worse.

“I probably shouldn’t have left, but I didn’t know what to expect after last night.”

Paige pulled back, wrapping her arms around herself. “You didn’t know? Or didn’t care.”

Kenneth leaned against the wall and let his head fall back. “Paige, you were drunk.”

“And that makes this better?”

“No, it doesn’t.”

He looked at her while she took a seat at the bottom of her steps.

“Why did you do that?”

Paige looked away, chewing nervously on her lip while tugging at her shirtsleeve. “I don’t know.”

“I think you do.”

“Is that what you do? Psychoanalyze the women you sleep with the morning after?”

“Paige, I don’t have any regrets about last night except for one.”

She looked up and searched his face to prepare her for what he was about to say. “And that is?”

“That I was the only one that actually wanted to be there.”

Paige pulled back and stared at him. “You make it sound like I used you.”

“Didn’t you?”

Paige huffed. “We have to work together until you’re released back to your team. I can’t have this conversation with you every time we cross paths.”

“And you won’t.” He stared back to her and sat on the staircase next to her. “Look at me, Paige.”

She glanced up, releasing the edge of her sleeve. Her expectancy and uncertainty warned him that whatever he had to say, he needed to be careful in how he delivered it.

“Typically, I don’t care about what happens the morning after, but there’s something in your eyes that tells me last night was more than just a one nighter for you.”

“What makes you think that?”

“Because last night scared me, too.”

See what I mean?  

 

 

Here’s some of her other books on sale now!

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The Love Sessions, a contemporary love story, on sale now for Kindle and Nook.
tia5After a whirlwind courtship, Eric West and Shelby Bryan elope. When their love loses its shine, the toll it takes on their marriage leads them down a detrimental path. Secrets brought Terrence Baker and Alexis Norwood together and now secrets threaten to tear them apart. Donovan Sinclair adores his wife Mya and lives to make her happy. Until one day, the one marital vow they never imagined experiencing ends it all – death. Keri Waters arrives to the Poconos ready to pick a wedding date with her fiancé, but when she meets Nathan Garrett, she learns how it really feels to have a man love, honor and cherish her.
 
Eight people discover the hard way that wedding vows are meant to be more than just words while attending a premarital retreat in the Pennsylvania Poconos with therapist Dr. Savannah Harper.
yours
Yours, a sexy romantic novella, on sale now for Kindle.
Teresa Clarke always lived by the rules… until tonight. Javier Fernández felt like a man against the world until Teresa invited him into hers. For this love affair… one night might not be long enough.
 
Also available from the Love Sessions series – The Love Sessions (Complete Series Edition), Love’s ReboundGive Me You, and Save Me From You.  
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Continue to keep up with Tia Kelly at these links:

Website: tiawithapen.com

Purchase:  Amazon & Nook!

Facebook: facebook.com/AuthorTiaKelly

Twitter: twitter.com/TiaWithAPen

 

Nia Forrester WAS in Nikki’s Chat Chair!

 

6038_4753846446488_964874398_n  You see this silhouette and immediately you will connect it with Nia Forrester, writer of ‘women centered fiction with a relationship focus.’  She graces the Chat Chair to share some insights into who she is as an author, what she does for her day job  and what fuels her writing passion.  Just in case you’re not familiar with her body of work feel free to click on the covers below, they are Amazon linked. So grab a beverage and get to know Nia Forrester!

 

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Nia, tell us something about you.

I feel like I’ve had to answer this question a lot lately, Nikki! So I’m trying to think of something original to tell you about myself. I guess one thing I haven’t talked much about is my day job other than writing. So here goes: I’m a longtime advocate and lobbyist for the rights of women and children, looking at the way both groups’ rights are addressed in law and in the legal system.  When I worked on women’s rights, it was about ensuring that they had access to full reproductive health care, and now that I work on the rights of youth and children it’s from the standpoint of how they are treated when they enter the juvenile justice system, and ultimately, how we can keep them out of that system.

What makes woman-centered issues resonate with you?

Well, first it’s because I’m female! And I was a girl in a family of boys, so very early on I had a front-row seat to how differently males and females are socialized. I also went to a college where there was a definite feminist leaning, and studied Women’s Studies and History. That’s where I learned about many of the great writers that I reference in my books, among them Nella Larsen who is still one of my all-time favorites, Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath and others. I studied feminist theory and for a while defined myself as feminist. As I grew older, I decided that ‘womanist’ more accurately described me. I’ve always been interested in gender politics and that interest continues today. Even romance novels and television shows are like little studies in gender politics to me. I’m a little nerdy that way.

Tell us where you are from.

That’s not as straightforward a question for me as it might be for some people. I’m Canadian by birth, Jamaican by culture and have lived in the U.S. for more than a couple decades. I was raised in Jamaica, the States and Europe.

That sounds so adventurous!  How was life growing up? How does it affect your writing?

I grew up in a family of boys. I was the only girl. And with a large extended family of multi-racial cousins from all over the world. We were very close and spent lots of time together as I grew up. I remember a very happy childhood. I think the ways it’s affected my writing are hard to enumerate. I saw a lot of different family dynamics play out among the various cousins, the way they related to their parents was different from the way I related to mine, the way they related to each other was different and sometimes I think I can see the effects of those relationships on their relationships today. So it was my first introduction into the influence of your parents on how you live and love later in life. I write about that a lot in my work and it helps shape my characters.

No doubt the diversity lends itself to your multi-layered writing! What motivates you to write?

Everything, Nikki! Life, people I know, conversations I overhear, places I’ve been, jobs I’ve worked. All of those things spark stories inside me and I have to write them down. I don’t need motivation, necessarily. I just need time and space and the writing happens. More so lately than in the past, I’ve needed silence.

When did you know you were a writer?

I always knew. From the time I had a word to call what I did, I knew I was a writer. It’s always been one of the most important parts of who I am. And even though I never thought it possible, my love of writing has only gotten stronger over the years.

How much of what you write is based on personal experiences?

Probably all of it to some degree. I write primarily about relationships so I would have to say that every relationship I’ve written had some element of my personal relationships. I don’t write fiction that is very fantastical, so it’s easy to integrate personal experiences into my work. And I’m sure I also do it unconsciously.

Share with us your writing process.

I like to tunnel in to write. Sometimes it’s not possible to do that in the sense of isolating myself from people —I have to go to work for instance and to do my day job effectively, I have to talk to people. But when I’m actively writing, it’s necessary for me to have a certain distance, a little bubble around myself, so I can get into my characters’ heads, or allow them to get into mine.

What genre do you read? What authors do you admire?

I read almost everything with the exception of pornography and self-help. I have long lists of authors I admire. Sue Miller,  Ann Rice, Stephen King, Elinor Lipman, Danzy Senna, Alice Walker, Vikram Seth. And of course there are new indie authors I’ve come to love as well.

What advice would you give others about writing?

The advice I think I would give about writing is to never stop. Keep going, even when it’s tough. And in the unlikely event, you feel so blocked you can’t write ANYTHING, keep trying to write. The other thing I would say is to work your process. I think we all have our own formulas to produce our best work and it’s probably a mistake to try to adopt someone else’s formula. I’ve heard people advise writers to use beta readers, or to edit as they write or to not edit as they write. Honestly I think everyone’s process is as different as fingerprints and to try to adopt someone else’s is as wrongheaded as trying to steal someone else’s identity—first, it doesn’t work nine times out of ten, and second, it will get you in trouble (in this case, the ‘trouble’ is that your work will suffer)

Is there a pivotal lesson that you’ve learned in life that you would like to pass on to others?

Wow. That’s a weighty question. I wish I could say yes. I used to think I was gathering life lessons as I got older, but now I just see my life as an interesting journey of learning. So I guess I would say that we never know for sure what we think we know. And I’m in a place in my life where I’m actually okay with that.

What would you like people to know about you that they might not know already?  

How much I love those emails from readers, even when it’s just a couple lines, telling me why they liked or did not like something I wrote. I have one reader who never leaves a review, but occasionally emails me to tell me about some insight, something very specific she got from my books. Sometimes she sends multiple emails about a single book, which might begin: “Y’know what I was thinking about Shawn (one of my characters) the other day?” I love that! It’s better than a review on Amazon or Goodreads. It moves me that my writing moved someone else to think about something, or to think about the world differently. This particular reader always says, “I’m sorry to bother you” or something like that, and I just want folks to know that contact like that is never a bother. It’s my pleasure.

Finally, tell us what are you working on and when can we expect a release?

I’m working on ‘The Art of Endings’ the follow-up to ‘Secret’. I expect it will be out this spring.

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Well I’m sure I speak for many when I say this book is greatly anticipated!  Thanks so much for dropping by! It has been an honor to have you in my Chat Chair! 

Please continue to follow Nia Forrester on Twitter @NiaForrester  on her blog www.niaforrester.com , her Amazon & Nook page, and  of course, in the group she formed, the Writer’s Review & Support Resource.

Tia Kelly WAS in Nikki’s Chat Chair!

 

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Pre-order for Feb. 2015

 

 

Hey everyone! Tia Kelly dropped by my Book Spot to share with us a little something about her greatly anticipated novel, Playing for Love, released on November 26th!   All I know is, if you haven’t grabbed this book, go out and pick it up now!    It’s beautifully written and many scenes will have you completely caught up–better have some Kleenex near by!

  Check out the excerpt below!

 

Description:

Kenneth Wilkerson, baseball’s MVP of breaking hearts isn’t in Craymont looking for complications. With an injury that has him sidelined from the game he loves, and the latest scandal in his wake involving a woman who is very much engaged to someone else, the last thing he needs is to get mixed up with Paige Scott.

Paige Scott, a former party-girl, has a very murky past and even murkier relationship with Kenneth’s best friend Carlos Ortiz. Paige knows Carlos watched her go from it girl to broken and when she finally healed, he made it clear to her that he would not step aside to let another man in just to do it again.

But Kenneth lets nothing stand between him and what he loves.

Love for the game… his family… and her.

tia 1PLAYING FOR LOVE is the first novel from the Wilkersons in Love series. Tia Kelly invites you to come meet the Wilkersons and get ready to fall in love.

 Excerpt:

“Open the door, Paige,” Kenneth demanded in between knocks.

He pulled up just in time to see her walk into her front door. His athlete’s reflexes were not enough to make it before she slammed it in his face.

Finally the door swung open. “I need you to leave.”

Kenneth pushed himself inside and reached out to tilt her face upward. He felt the dampness on her skin and felt worse.

“I probably shouldn’t have left, but I didn’t know what to expect after last night.”

Paige pulled back, wrapping her arms around herself. “You didn’t know? Or didn’t care.”

Kenneth leaned against the wall and let his head fall back. “Paige, you were drunk.”

“And that makes this better?”

“No, it doesn’t.”

He looked at her while she took a seat at the bottom of her steps.

“Why did you do that?”

Paige looked away, chewing nervously on her lip while tugging at her shirtsleeve. “I don’t know.”

“I think you do.”

“Is that what you do? Psychoanalyze the women you sleep with the morning after?”

“Paige, I don’t have any regrets about last night except for one.”

She looked up and searched his face to prepare her for what he was about to say. “And that is?”

“That I was the only one that actually wanted to be there.”

Paige pulled back and stared at him. “You make it sound like I used you.”

“Didn’t you?”

Paige huffed. “We have to work together until you’re released back to your team. I can’t have this conversation with you every time we cross paths.”

“And you won’t.” He stared back to her and sat on the staircase next to her. “Look at me, Paige.”

She glanced up, releasing the edge of her sleeve. Her expectancy and uncertainty warned him that whatever he had to say, he needed to be careful in how he delivered it.

“Typically, I don’t care about what happens the morning after, but there’s something in your eyes that tells me last night was more than just a one nighter for you.”

“What makes you think that?”

“Because last night scared me, too.”

See what I mean?  

 

 

Here’s some of her other books on sale now!

tia4  tia7 tia 1 tia6    tia2 tia3

The Love Sessions, a contemporary love story, on sale now for Kindle and Nook.
tia5After a whirlwind courtship, Eric West and Shelby Bryan elope. When their love loses its shine, the toll it takes on their marriage leads them down a detrimental path. Secrets brought Terrence Baker and Alexis Norwood together and now secrets threaten to tear them apart. Donovan Sinclair adores his wife Mya and lives to make her happy. Until one day, the one marital vow they never imagined experiencing ends it all – death. Keri Waters arrives to the Poconos ready to pick a wedding date with her fiancé, but when she meets Nathan Garrett, she learns how it really feels to have a man love, honor and cherish her.
 
Eight people discover the hard way that wedding vows are meant to be more than just words while attending a premarital retreat in the Pennsylvania Poconos with therapist Dr. Savannah Harper.
yours
Yours, a sexy romantic novella, on sale now for Kindle.
Teresa Clarke always lived by the rules… until tonight. Javier Fernández felt like a man against the world until Teresa invited him into hers. For this love affair… one night might not be long enough.
 
Also available from the Love Sessions series – The Love Sessions (Complete Series Edition), Love’s ReboundGive Me You, and Save Me From You.  
  tia loves rebound tia8 tia save
 

Continue to keep up with Tia Kelly at these links:

Website: tiawithapen.com

Purchase:  Amazon & Nook!

Facebook: facebook.com/AuthorTiaKelly

Twitter: twitter.com/TiaWithAPen

Thanks for dropping by Tia!   I look forward to getting to know more about the Wilkersons.  If  you would like an opportunity to win a copy, leave a comment and I will randomly choose a winner!