I have been working hard to get my new LoveRotica series out for you guys. I am using the pen name L. Loren for all of my LoveRotica novels so be on the lookout. My three part series The WanderLynn Experience will be complete very soon. Book 1 is almost finished with the editing portion and will be available this month on Amazon. I wanted a different book cover than the usual erotic romance novels, so I enlisted a graphic artist to bring my vision to life. Here is the result:
Today marks the one year anniversary of the release of my first novel The Mistreatment of Zora Langston! To celebrate I am giving away 3 Autographed Copies. All you have to do is sign up for my newsletter. Click Here for your chance to win!
Today’s featured author is the last in the series Black Authors I LOVE! that celebrated some of my favorite writers for Black History Month. I wanted to shake things up a bit since this is Leap Year and all so I chose Twyla Turner who is a self published author. She writes BBW Erotica and is my favorite writer in this genre. I know what you’re thinking because before last year I would never have read a book in this genre. I stumbled upon the book Scarred and the cover drew me in. I know they say you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but in this case it was dead on. I took a chance and read the book and I was hooked. Miss Turner is a very gifted writer who creates characters that make you fall in love. Read more about her and the series that started it all for me in the interview I did for my Couch Convos Series. Click Here to read the interview.
The featured author for Day 28 of my Black Authors I LOVE! series is Ralph Ellison. Best known for his book “The Invisible Man.” No this isn’t the sci-fi version of a man taking a potion that makes him invisible like in the movies. This book focus on the social issues facing African Americans in the twentieth century as well as personal identity of a black man who thought himself invisible in the world he lived in. My favorite quote from this work is “I am invisible, understand because people refuse to see me.”
The features author for Day 27 in my Black Authors I LOVE! series is Ann Petry. To be honest I was unfamiliar with this author until last year when I read an article about her book “The Street” about a single mother raising a son in Harlem and the social injustices they faced. Let me just say I was sleeping in this author, but was happy to awaken. Mrs. Petry was the first black female novelist to sell over a million copies of her book.(The Street) Do yourself a favor if you haven’t read this one, run out now or download it to you device. You won’t be sorry.
The featured author for my Black Authors I LOVE! series today is Toni Morrison. Mrs. Morrison is a well known writer of novels that touch on very deep and thought provoking topics such as rape, sexual abuse, and racism just to name a few. The way she strings words together to tell a story is very musical in my opinion. Her words sing off of the page and capture your imagination. That could be one reason she won the Nobel Prize for Literature as well as the Pulitzer Prize. She is not only a novelist, but an editor and professor emeritus at Princeton University.
Today’s featured author for my Black Authors I LOVE! series is Langston Hughes! I first fell in love with his poetry when I was in the eighth grade and read the prolific words “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun?… Or does it explode?” I was hooked from then on. Mr. Hughes was a writer during the famed Harlem Renaissance era and worked with some of my other faves like Maya Angelou, James Baldwin and Zora Neale Hurston. His first novel was “Not Without Laughter” which touched on the injustice of blacks in America due to racism and socioeconomic disadvantages. Most of his works kept to this theme marking him as a very influential social activist.
Today’s featured author for my Black Author’s I LOVE! series is Rosa Guy. The Trinidad born writer was well known for her book The Friends which broached the subject of bulling. In 1950 she co-founded the Harlem Writers Guild to fund and highlight the works of black writers. She dropped out of school at the age of 14 proving that you can do anything you dream if you work hard and are dedicated to your craft. Not everyone goes down the same path to achieve success.
Today’s featured author for my Black Authors I LOVE! series is Nigerian born feminist and author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I was first introduced to this amazing woman through her TED Talk on YouTube. Here’s a small clip. I watched this video and had to know who this woman was and how I could read more about her. Luckily she was an author and I was able to read her insightful novels. Miss Adichie is a very inspirational speaker and a great writer.
Today’s featured author for my Black Authors I LOVE! series is the incomparable Shonda Rhimes! Mrs. Rhimes has long been an idol of mine and I admire her writing prowess. She is best known for hijacking Thursday nights on ABC with hit shows “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Scandal”, and “How To Get Away With Murder”. Somehow she found time in her chaotic schedule to write and release a book last year called “Year of Yes”. In this book she details how she turned her life around from being reclusive and overweight to a life of adventure all by saying “YES” to things she never would have before. That one little word opened her life up to opportunities she never imagined. The book is inspirational and it spoke to me as she and I were similar. I am working on saying yes and attempting to make it my theme for the year.