Monthly Archives: July 2013

Featured Articles: Making Blog Connections – Write Divas | Write Divas

Featured Articles: Making Blog Connections – Write Divas | Write Divas.

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T.M. Franklin :: SNEAK PEEK SUNDAY – The Guardians, Book 2 in the MORE Trilogy

Author T.M. Franklin teases us with sneak peek from her book The Guardians, Book 2 in the MORE Trilogy. Here’s a bit of Ava and Tiernan:

T.M. Franklin :: SNEAK PEEK SUNDAY – The Guardians, Book 2 in the MORE Trilogy.

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Guest Blogger: L.V. Lewis – Trust Your Instincts – Write Divas | Write Divas

Reblog-a really good read if you’ve ever worried about trusting your own instincts.

Guest Blogger: L.V. Lewis – Trust Your Instincts – Write Divas | Write Divas.

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Writing Pitfall #4: Mundane Detail – Write Divas | Write Divas

The first step is admitting you have a problem. Great article!

Writing Pitfall #4: Mundane Detail – Write Divas | Write Divas.

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Ask the Divas: Creative Dialogue Tags – Write Divas | Write Divas

A favorite topic of mine…creative dialogue tags.

Ask the Divas: Creative Dialogue Tags – Write Divas | Write Divas.

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On NOT Hiring an Editor … my interview with a vampire.

A good read for a Thursday morning:

On NOT Hiring an Editor … my interview with a vampire..

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Review: Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever by L.V. Lewis

Title: Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever

Author: L.V. Lewis

Genre: Literature & Fiction

Page Length: 268 pages

Publisher: Jungle Fever Press

Release Date: October 30, 2012

ISBN: 978-147933-232-8

Book Summary: FIFTY SHADES OF GREY to the second power meets Keisha and Jada from the Block.

If you’ve wondered how an ethnic girl might have handled an arrangement with an experienced white Dominant, this is your book. If you’d like to see two of the sexiest TWIN DOMS in an erotica series in interracial relationships, this is most definitely your book.

Aspiring recording studio owners, Keisha Beale and Jada Jameson, score a rare meeting with venture capitalist Tristan White, and are thrust into a world beyond their wildest imaginations.

Street-wise Keisha is startled to realize she wants this rich white man, despite the certainty that he is out of her league. Unable to resist Keisha’s sassy, irreverent and fiercely independent spirit, Tristan knew from day one he wanted her, too—as his first African American submissive.

Upper-class Jada of the Springfield Jamesons has traveled in almost the same circles as the White brothers and has had a secret crush on Nathan White, the point guard for the Chicago Buffaloes, for quite some time.

Both brothers have succumbed to jungle fever and want a little coffee in their cream.

Lured by Tristan White and his offer to front the capital for her business in exchange for kinky sex, Keisha finds herself with no other option. Keisha is also tortured by a secret past, and her inability to come to terms with it, threatens to undermine the future of her business and their tumultuous unorthodox relationship.

Erotic, amusing and in places hilarious, the Ghetto Girl Romance Quadrilogy is part parody with a unique take on a Fifty Shades-type story that will take you even further into the BDSM world and promises to make the vanilla original Fifty Shades blacker.

The first two books focus on Keisha and Tristan’s romance, and the final two focus on Jada and Nathan’s.

Review: 

Loved it!

I knew going in this book was parody, so I expected funny, ironic, roll-your-eyes humor. And I got all that and more. What I didn’t expect was to get caught up in the characters, to start to care about them and care about what happened to them, or to feel the emotions the author managed to pull out of me.

The story mimics the FSoG series in theme, but takes a different approach in practice as black entrepreneur Keisha Beale and her business partner Jada Jameson seek funding for their new business venture from white billionaire Tristan White. The attraction is immediate, but Mr. White is very controlling (snicker) and offers an added incentive if Ms. Beale agrees to be his submissive. Not a submissive by nature, this goes against the grain for Keisha. But she’s definitely interested.

I figured I’d laugh… and I did. A lot. I know women like Keisha, I get her sense of humor, but most of all I get her need to be self-sufficient and to keep her heart safe. Having read the original Fifty Shades series, I had a general idea where the plot was going, but L.V. Lewis kept me on my toes with how she got me there.

What surprised me–pleasantly, of course–was how effortlessly she made these characters real people, not just parodies. The characters were fully developed to the point where I completely understood the use of Keisha’s safe words; even though I was expecting them, hearing her say them gutted me. The anxiety and anguish that scene stirred up speaks to the author’s talent as a writer and storyteller.

And Tristan… I giggle saying Tristan White. He’s an enigma, all right. But there are hints to his reasons, and his actions speak volumes. He wants to be with Keisha. Regardless of the terms he uses, his need to be with her is apparent. And he’s not simply the harsh, cold businessman he wants everyone to think he is. Not when he insists on taking home some leftover soul food from Keisha’s mama or when he uses his pull to help Keisha’s family. Tristan is layered, and I’m happily awaiting the peeling of more layers.

Five stars to this amazing not-just-a-parody. I’m bouncing in my chair for the next installment.

L.V. Lewis Links:

Goodreads ~ Website ~ Twitter

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