Hello everyone and thank you for visiting my blog. I’m still not over Prince checking out on us but with life comes death and we all gotta go some time. I just wish God had done the sensible thing like get George Zimmerman and Donald Trump the fuck outta here and let Prince continue to contribute great music style and history to our culture. But as the saying goes, if wishes were pigs…
You know, being the author of urban fiction books and African American erotica as well can be exciting but exhausting all at the same time, especially for self-published authors. While it is fun to have the final say over cover designs, release dates and the price of paperbacks and ebooks, it is EXHAUSTING! I’m positive I put in 20 hour days. But what is more exhausting is dealing with people who do not respect my craft! Why is it strangers show more support than a lot of family and friends? Why is it that I can play a game of Ruzzle with someone thousands of miles away and mention my books to them and they run out and buy them but family sitting right here along with so called friends expect to get a book FOR FREE! Da Fck?? So you can spend money on weave, cases of beer, alcohol, and the latest whatever but you can’t fork over $15 to support your daughter/sister/cousin/home-girl etc?
While I see nothing wrong with free urban fiction books as that is a tool used to gain more readers and reviews on sites such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads and others, an author, a self-published author at that, cannot afford to give out numerous free copies of his/her book to friends and family. We still gotta eat! Do folks realize how much it costs to print copies of these books? It’s not cheap! Do folks realize how much it costs to market and promote our work outside of social media? It’s not cheap! At the end of the day, if it don’t make dollars, then it don’t make sense. I’m not talking about the people who have bought books in the past and are hoping for a gifted copy. I’m talking about people who expect a free copy every single time a book drops on the strength that “we grew up together” or “that’s my blood”. Yeah, but will that pay my bills or for these next batch of books that have to be ordered? You know you can’t roll up in Hibachi’s or Outback Steakhouse and say “Hey, the manager is my bff from back in elementary school, let me get a t-bone and some mashed potatoes on the house.” It’s not going to happen. So, put some respeck on my craft and genuinely show support. Otherwise, wait until I am doing a giveaway and hope that you are selected. If not, pay like you would pay the next man/woman for their services.
Alright, rant over! LOL
So! Readers are LOVING A Thug’s Life Revisited! That is always good to hear. For those of you who are new to my blog, A Thug’s Life Revisited is my newest novel that I wrote in NINE DAYS! It is a spin-off to the Amazon Best Selling Urban Fiction Book series A Thug’s Redemption and it starts off with drama, suspense and thrills and doesn’t slow down not even in the end. Everybody is loving that book and just about everyone who has gotten that book so far has read it in one day! They couldn’t put it down. Every page that was turned had readers on the edge of their seats! It’s amazing how my readers have become so attached to Jamal, D-Ball and Andre. They love those characters as though they are related to them or are the best of friends with them. LOL! So I thank you for your support.
Now I know many of you are Kindle Unlimited subscribers and I don’t knock you for that. For readers it is a dope program. But for me, I ask that if you are going to purchase any of my books in ebook format to please purchase from my website at www.theauthoryani.com/ebooks.html. In the near future, I am going to be implementing a big change in the manner in which my books are distributed and I will post a blog entry explaining why I have chosen this route. While Prince’s death was devastating, I’ve learned something from the way he conducted business and I think it is time that I step away from what most of the other self-published authors are doing and focus on doing something more unique.
Intrigued? Well you should be! Stay tuned as there will be more to come!
I had to wait until today to post this because my heart is torn in pieces. Yesterday, I received a text from a good friend of mine saying “Wow Prince Died”. I said: Bullshit! Bullshit! Fucking Bullshit! Lies! The devil is a lie! My heart was racing, my hands were shaking as I immediately took to my laptop, went to Google, and typed his name in the search engines. As I waited for what seemed like an eternity for Google to turn up the search result, I kept saying “Please, God. Please, please, please, please!” Sadly the first news story that popped up was from CNN stating that Prince Roger Nelson was dead at the age of 57. I screamed. Why? Why him? Of all the people in this world, Donald Trump, George Zimmerman, Birdman that could’ve been taken and not missed one teeny bit- why did Prince have to die? My heart was BROKEN! Just last month, literally one month before his passing on March 21, 2016, I challenged my daughter Destiny to play the intro to Purple Rain on the piano as a way to earn her stripes and the right to play the piano again since her grades had taken a dive and her behavior/attitude was getting out of control. She can’t read music and I told her no tutorials, play it by ear. She watched the scene from Purple Rain the movie where Prince listened to the instrumental a few times and then played it on his piano and then she sat at the piano and not even an hour later, she was KILLING IT! I posted the video on Instagram and Prince had that jawn taken down LOL. If it wasn’t him personally, it was someone from his company but I was betting then and still betting now that he personally had her video taken down. At first I was a little upset until I saw the notification in my G-Mail inbox from Instagram letting me know it was reported for Copyright Infringement and the email associated with the complaint traced back to his company website. You know what I said? COOL! Prince may have possibly seen her video. Even though he reported it, he may have seen that she has talent for a girl who can’t read music and never had any training. My mother suggested that I send an email back letting him know it was not my intention to infringe upon his music, my daughter and I are just huge fans and playing his song was my challenge for her. I said in response- Prince won’t read my email. He ain’t trying to hear from us little folks… I wish like hell a month later that I had emailed him.
Here is what the news is reporting. Prince was found unresponsive in his elevator to his multi million dollar estate yesterday morning. Paramedics tried to revive him and was unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at 10:07am CST. Allegedly, Prince had been battling the flu for the past couple of weeks and they are speculating that that is the cause of death though there has not been an official autopsy report. Last week, on April 15, Prince’s private jet made an emergency landing because of health concerns with the 7 time Grammy award winning artist. He was rushed to the hospital but released 3 hours later against doctors orders because, according to his people, the hospital was unable to place him in a private room. (This is Prince got damn it, if you have to pair three people up, you get this man a private room!) It is said that the Purple Rain star did not look well when he was released, however he was able to do a show in Atlanta the following day on April 16, 2016. Now this is where rumors and speculation begin and it’s really pissing me off.
April 16, 2016, a blind item was placed on a tabloid/gossip site stating that an unnamed African American male celebrity who had been in the news recently has AIDS and was first diagnosed in the 1990s. This blind item, who did not name Prince, stated that the unnamed celebrity was taking his medication like he was supposed to up until a couple of years ago. He stopped because some religious people claimed that God had healed him and he was okay. Allegedly, the sickness came back according to this person who is allegedly close to the unnamed celebrity and the situation, and doctors are saying that this person will get sicker and sicker and could possibly die before the summer. Now five days later, Prince is dead from “complications with the flu” and people are running with this blind item saying that it was him. I call bullshit on that. That’s rumor number one.
Rumor number two is that he was murdered. This, I can believe.
1) Two years ago, after battling with Warner Bros records for almost 20 years, Prince struck a deal that would give him controlling rights over his music catalogue which is worth over $100 million. Since then, his music (where I used to download it onto my phone so I could rock out during my commute to school or work) could not be found on any music downloader. Trust me, I looked before he died and was a little sad. While I have his CDs, I just wanted to be able to listen to him on my phone whenever I felt like jamming to “I Would Die 4 You” or “Little Red Corvette”or “Baby, I‘m a Star”. That’s the music I listened to whenever I cleaned or did house work. Not only were you unable to download his music online but you couldn’t get a lot of his videos on Youtube either. He had his music on LOCK! And I don’t too much blame him with the lack of creativity and sampling going on in the music industry these days. Piracy is at an all time high!
2) Prince also spoke out against the government, chemtrails, and a lot of the corrupt activity going on in the music industry. He encouraged other artists to not sell the rights to their music in partnership or anyway else, to be the sole owners of their music rights. To follow his example would cut a lot of folks out of money. I can only imagine how much “those people” were losing with Prince owning the rights to old music as well as new music. He may not have been topping the charts like he did back in the 80s and the 90s but he was still a force to be reckoned with. Seeing him in concert was on my bucket list.
3) Prince was a conscious man who made no apologies for his outspoken nature against the corruption in the government, various music companies and the music industry, referring to the music industry as slavery and the artists who did not fully own their music, slaves. If you pay attention to the symbol he used with his name and even had a guitar made in the shape of that symbol, it resembles the “ankh” as well as the all seeing eye. Once a man becomes awake, it’s only a matter of time before he is put to sleep… permanently.
4) One of Prince’s last posts on Instagram was a photo of himself on April 14, 2016 and the caption read “Just when you thought you were safe…” Yesterday when people began to speculate that the flu story was bullshit and he was murdered, that caption was removed along with other captions from other posts on his account. Things that make you go hmmm…?
5) Now all of a sudden the media is trying to ease in this story that his plane landed early because he was OD’ing from drugs and that his death may be the result of a drug overdose. This man wouldn’t touch meat or alcohol. I highly doubt he was touching drugs. Not to mention, a doctor who had recently seen Prince stated in an interview yesterday that his sudden death from “the flu” seemed very suspect and odd” and that aside from the flu, he was in perfect health.
Nonetheless, a musical genius who set the standard higher than any of these so called artist today could ever hope to meet, who was fearless with his talent and art form is gone and I can’t help but feel a little lost and hopeless now. Prince music was perfect for no matter what mood you were in. Pissed off, throw on When Doves Cry. Wanna dance and shake a boogie? Throw on “Baby, I’m a Star” or “I Would Die 4 You”. Feeling sexy? “Wanna Be Your Lover” or “Diamonds and Pearls”. The list is limitless as this Genius has music for almost four decades that has stood the tests of time. And while many will speculate how he died or if he was killed, I more so would like to celebrate how he lived.
Alright, y’all finna see a side to Yani that you’ve never seen before. Today was a good day. I went to this event – Philly Girls Jump at Awbury Park and planned on posting a blog entry about it tomorrow after my hips, thighs, ass, back, shoulders and arms stopped hurting from all of the vigorous double dutching that I’d done with some really awesome women that I met today (along with my sisters, daughter and niece) I should be in bed right now resting my sore bones. Instead I’m about to roast this bitch who just left the dumbest and most ridiculous review on Love’s Deadly Masquerade. Her name is Joanne R. Greene.
Every night before I go to bed, I check on book placement, ratings and then do a little promoting to generate book sales throughout the night while I sleep. So imagine my surprise when I go to Love’s Deadly Masquerade and I see where I’ve gone from a PERFECT 5 start rating down to a 4 1/2. Now, I am not some delusional author who expects everyone to love my work and give me kudos and 5 stars. I know there are going to be some people who don’t vibe with my style of writing which is fine. Everything ain’t for every body. But if you are going to 1 star me BITCH you better show me where I earned that shit. I was expecting a three star rating or something like that. Maybe the plot twists were too much for them to handle or
whatever. This bitch didn’t even finish reading the book! Was it for too many grammatical errors, you ask? (nope) Was it because the story-line was too far-fetched or outlandish? (nope) Was it because the book didn’t make sense or seemed amateurish and incomplete??? (NOPE!!) This bitch 1 starred me because I had too much profanity! DA FUCK? Listen, I had to read her review like three times, like is this bitch serious? I can only think of one movie with a domestic violence type plot where there was no profanity and that was “Sleeping With The Enemy” starring Julia Roberts and that movie was so unbelievable in regards to what really goes down in an abusive relationship I wouldn’t know where to poke holes in the story-line. For God’s sake, Roberts jumped off a fucking boat in the middle of Hurricane Katrina and swam to shore, conveniently had a stash of cash, threw a wig on, hopped a bus all the way to east Jablip somewhere, was able to rent a home with NO ID NO SOCIAL SECURITY CARD NO PROOF OF INCOME but the bitch couldn’t make sure when she flushed the ring down the toilet the shit actually went down? Da Fuck? I’m going to assume Joanne thought that movie was amazing and Julia Roberts was cunning and courageous. Meanwhile What’s Love Got to Do with It- Tina Turners biopic about how Ike Turner was beating the snot out of her in between calling her bitches and raping her in music studios probably made Joanne’s eyes fall out and sent her screaming to the Priest asking God to forgive her for indulging in such an animalistic film. And God forbid she ever read Rose Madder by Stephen King, who started the book off with Rose’s husband, Norman, dishing out Mike Tyson blows that caused her to have a miscarriage in their living room all for reading a romance novel. And as poor Rose’s baby is vacating her womb while she sits in a pool of fetal blood, this bastard is making and munching on a ham sandwich. See no evil, eh?
Anybody with half of a brain knows that domestic violence isn’t pretty. If it were, it wouldn’t be domestic violence. It’s definitely not limited to a man just slapping his woman in the face now and again or pulling her hair. It’s grimy, its ugly and to a person who does not lack a conscience, it can easily bring you to tears when you hear and/or see some of the things a lot of women go through every single day. I made sure I captured that in this book. I spared no punches with the descriptive way I told this story from start to finish and if it’s too much for a person who lives in a PG-13 world, too FUCKING bad (yup I said FUCKING not FREAKING) because the world isn’t PG-13. For many of us, the shit is NC-17 even when we try our best to avoid it. So while little Ms. Daisies and sunshine may think that what went on in this book with the profanity and the abuse and the way Eric talked to Vanessa was trash because I used FUCK and BITCH and SHIT and GOT-DAMN and NIGGA, like Freddy Kruegar said in almost every Nightmare on Elm Street movie: Welcome to my world, bitch. This shit is real. And hiding behind your cotton candy bubblicious existence won’t make it any less real.
I do want to thank her. Because she gave me an idea to put a warning at the top of Love’s Deadly Masquerade’s book description letting readers know that if they have sensitive eyes and are too delicate to handle profanity and the descriptive manner in which I described the way Eric was beating the shit out of Vanessa and tormenting her, exit now and go find something else more happy-happy, joy-joy. I won’t change my style of writing because a few sensitive creatures can’t handle what goes on in the world outside of Beverly Hills 90210. Not catering to my personal art-form would be a disservice to my art, my talent, my craft and myself. I don’t see Stephen King making any apologies for the creepy shit he writes. (I love Stephen King by the way LOL) Alright, that’s my rant for the night. I will see you darlings next time! Peace.
For those of you who don’t have sensitive eyes and can handle reading a very real story with real like characters in real life situations, check out Love’s Deadly Masquerade on Amazon Kindle for $5.99. If you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you can download it and read it for free. Then give me your opinion on the STORY itself. I’m all for legit reviews. If you think the story-line and plot was trash, I’m eager to hear why. Because those who gave me three stars on A Thug’s Redemption were legitimate and their opinions helped me work on my craft which is why The Wrath of Andre and Obsessive Intimacies are damn near perfect 5 star reads. Keep in mind that I’m an artist, and I’m serious about my shit!
I just received word that Amazon has a new Kindle device and it is the talk of social media! It is called the Kindle Oasis and this is said to be the end all-be all of eReaders that comes with a cover charger (WHAT!), is light weight and delivers MONTHS on battery life. This new kindle device is also said to be one of the most expensive devices under the kindle umbrella, being priced at $289, but after reading about some of the specs, I think it might be worth it. And to be honest with you, it’s about the price of what most people are spending on tablets so, for the extreme book worm and chronic book reader, I think it could be worth the investment. How cool is it that it comes with a cover that charges the device?! That tidbit of information excited me. I usually read my books on my Samsung Galaxy s-5 (I’m upgrading to the s-7 Edge for my birthday because this phone is not popping anymore since the new Android OS upgrade. Keeps freezing and shit. Ain’t nobody got time for that! That’s another rant for later though LOL) or on my Galaxy Tablet, but that Kindle Oasis looks perfect for when I want to curl up on the couch with a blanket wrapped around me and a glass of wine near by while reading a really good book. I might have to put that on my birthday wishlist… right next to that Benz LOL.
So! Something Thuggish This Way Comes tomorrow Yani fans!! Yes, A Thug’s Life Revisited will be available tomorrow! I actually just got a couple of copies in the mail as I was typing this blog entry and I must say, this is one of my thinner books. Still a full length novel, but a little thinner than my other books. I texted my biggest support Tiffany who has been reading my books since I was like thirteen LOL and told her her copy just arrived. I know she can’t wait to get it! As soon as I finish this entry, I’m going to thumb through it myself to see what it looks like just like I do whenever I release a new book.
Now, next up is Licked into Submission and I will get back to working on that today (God Willing) my schedule is just ugh! What I really need from my readers, fans and supporters is to please continue to spread the word to your friends, family and co-workers who you think would enjoy reading my books. For those of you who have read my books already especially Love’s Deadly Masquerade, please, I can’t stress this enough- leaving a rating and a review on Amazon is so conducive to how well we sell our books. When people are shopping for items, they want to know if they will be making a smart purchase with their money. The best way for them to make an informed decision is by readers leaving a review on an author’s book letting other potential readers and buyers know if they liked it or not and why. So please, when you finish reading A Thug’s Life Revisited at the end, Amazon prompts you to leave a review. Click those 5 stars and let the world know how much you enjoy my work.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and continuing to support my work. I appreciate you more than you know! BTW Love’s Deadly Masquerade is at #60 on the best seller’s list. Let’s continue to push for that number 1 spot. Until next time!
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Happy Monday, everyone! At the risk of sounding like Mr. Rogers, it is indeed a beautiful day in the neighborhood. (Despite the rain) Today, I’m bringing some good news to my readers. Many of you have sent me emails and inboxed me on Facebook and twitter requesting that I release A Thug’s Life Revisited early. You all have said that June 1st was too far away and blessed me out for making you wait two years from when Obsessive Intimacies came out until Love’s Deadly Masquerade came out. I can’t say I’m sorry enough for that LOL. Seriously. But I took your requests into consideration and you are in luck. A Thug’s Life Revisited has been moved up and will be available Thursday, April 14th, 2016 on Amazon Kindle, Kindle Unlimited (grrrrr) and of course you can purchase your paperback copies directly from me. I will do my best to get this book as well as my other books on book shelves across the country. A lot of these stores are not very cooperative. Yesterday, I completed the cover and got the manuscript set up. Everything looks right as pie and I can’t wait for you all to read this one. At the end of A Thug’s Life Revisited, I put a preview of my next novel “Licked into Submission”. Yes, it is an erotic book and I’m not going to lie to you all, somebody finna get pregnant from this book and it ain’t gonna be me! Just by the way it starts off, you will be able to see that you’re in for a serious erotic roller coaster ride. I’m not going to give too much away. I will be posting a snip-it soon, so stay tuned. Today it’s all about A Thug’s Life Revisited and it’s early release date. Below, I will post a hot preview and I want all of my supporters to run, quick, fast and hurry to Amazon and pre-order your kindle copy and be sure to leave a review after you finish reading it. I promise you won’t be disappointed! How hype are you for this book? I’m STUPID hype!! I’m so taking over this year! This is what the full cover looks like…
Buckle up and get ready for a hell of an emotional thrill ride as you read this fast paced novel. And you know I always have to throw the crazy ending in there. Read the snip-it below…
…Jamal’s phone rang. He leaned upward so he could pull it from his back pocket and saw that it was his father calling him.
“Speak of the devil… sorry,” Tiffany grimaced.
Jamal chuckled. “It’s cool, babe.” He answered the phone. “Yeah pops, what’s up?”
“I was waiting to see if you were going to call me but you took too long. What are you doing?” Andre asked his son.
“I was talking to Tiff. We were supposed to go to dinner tonight…”
Andre cut him off. “Talking to Tiff? Son, you were almost blown to smithereens tonight and you’re chit-chatting with your wife like it’s all gravy?”
“Dad…” Jamal sighed.
“There’s a price on your head. The less you say to Tiffany the better, you know that. You know that! This isn’t just you anymore, son. You have a wife and a son and these muthafuckas got zero fucks to give when it comes to taking out a target. Bitches and kids can get it, too.”
Jamal looked at his phone with a frown.
“I’m not calling Tiff a bitch, ‘Mal. Chill out.” Andre replied as though he could see his son’s facial expression. Jamal shook his head.
“Put your dad on speaker,” Tiff said. Jamal shook his head no at her and she squeezed the part of his neck she was rubbing. Jamal winced in pain.
“Alright, woman!” he grimaced. Tiffany chuckled and kissed his cheek. Jamal put his father on speaker phone and held the phone up.
“Hi, Dad!” Tiff perked.
Andre shook his head. Though he liked Tiffany and thought she was perfect for Jamal as well as a great wife and mother to their child, he believed she had no business knowing about or being a part of this upcoming battle. “How you doing, Little Lady?”
“I’m fine. Just trying to keep your son safe and happy.”
“Tiff, I know you love my son and you’ve already shown that you have his back no matter what. But this business is not your business and for your safety and my grandson’s safety, it cannot be your business. Do you understand?”
“Jamal is my business. That makes whatever this is my business as well,” Tiffany said firmly.
“Do you want to see your son in a coffin, Tiffany? Do you want your son to see you in a coffin? Do you want my son to see you and Jamir in coffins? Because he tasted that defeat before, I’m betting he won’t be able to handle the taste of that kind of defeat again. And I don’t think you or your son deserve that either. So again, this cannot be your business. Do you understand?”
Tiffany thought on his words which caused her to be slow to respond.
“Tiffany,” Andre said with base in his voice causing her to jump. “Do you understand?” he asked again, slowly.
“Yes sir. I understand.” Tiffany shook her head. Jamal grabbed her hand and kissed her palm as he waited for his father to speak.
“Both of you listen to me and when I’m done, take me off of speaker phone, Jamal.”
“A call has already been made to your superiors with the Cheltenham School District, Tiff. You are officially on a leave of absence. Pack you and Jamir’s bags, because you’re going on a vacation,” Andre instructed. “Get off of speaker phone.”
“Wait…” Tiffany stammered, bewildered by what Andre said. Jamal shushed her as he took his phone off of speaker and stood up.
“You’re slipping, Jamal.” Andre warned.
“How you figure, Dad?” Jamal replied as he began to pace.
“A hit was put out on you and your partner tonight and you went home to chit-chat with your wife. Do you want to die? Are you out of your fucking mind? And then you start telling her about what was in the file like they won’t tap your shit to see what you know. What the fuck were you thinking?” Andre scolded.
“I wasn’t…” Jamal started.
“That’s right, you weren’t thinking.” Andre cut him off. He blew out air as he tried to calm himself. “You cannot involve her in this.”
“She’s my wife, Dad.” Jamal replied as he glanced at Tiffany.
“You CANNOT involve her in this. Be ready in ten minutes. I’m on my way. We’ve already been on the phone too long.” Andre disconnected the call and Jamal closed his eyes.
“I’m not leaving you,” Tiffany said as she stood up.
“You are,” Jamal replied.
“Tiff!” Jamal said loudly making her jump. He had never raised his voice at her before. She looked at him as though he had lost his mind. “I can’t do this with you and my son here. I can’t do this if I’m constantly worried about you, if I’m constantly worried about him.”
“We’ve been through this before,” Tiff argued.
“Yeah and you almost died.”
“But I didn’t.”
“You think because you shot a couple niggas, that you a gangsta now, is that it?”
“No, I’m not saying that. But Jamal, haven’t you learned anything yet? Hiding me and Jamir away is not the answer. It didn’t work with Tamera and your brother…”
Jamal looked at her with fire in his eyes. “Don’t,” he said coldly. “You pulled that card last time and I listened to you. You almost got killed. It’s not just you this time. It’s Jamir too, and I will not put him at risk because you think you have to be this ride or die chick. I don’t need you to be my ride or die chick. I need you to be my wife and a mother to Jamir.”
“I am your wife and a mother to our son, what are you talking about?!” Tiffany argued.
“Then don’t fight me on this, Tiff.” Jamal said loudly, silencing her.
They stared at each other for a moment before Tiffany finally gave in. As much as her gut told her not to leave him, he was her husband and she believed he knew best, so she submitted to him. Jamal put his arms around her and held her tightly.
“I love you, Tiff. I don’t want anything to happen to you or our son.”
“I love you too, babe.” Tiff replied back. They held each other a little longer just listening to one another breathe. Finally, Jamal let her go.
“Go grab some things for you and ‘Mir real quick. Dad will be here in a few minutes,” he instructed her.
“Okay,” Tiffany replied quietly before heading upstairs to their bedrooms. She grabbed a Louie Vutton duffle bag and threw a few pairs of jeans, shirts and lounge-wear inside along with her under clothes and personal items. She was about to walk out of their bedroom when she saw a picture of her and Jamal on the mirror. His arms were around her and he was nibbling on her cheek while she laughed. The moment was so perfect. She pulled the picture from the mirror and stared at it for a while longer. She then heard the doorbell and knew that had to be Andre so she rushed to Jamir’s bedroom and grabbed some of his clothes along with his favorite stuffed froggy and a couple of bedtime stories that he liked.
“Tiff, we gotta roll babe, come on.” Jamal yelled up the stairs.
“I’m coming,” she yelled back to him. She looked around making sure she didn’t forget anything and then turned Jamir’s bedroom light out before closing the door behind her.
“Where’s Lil Man?” Andre asked.
“He’s with Deisha and Maurice. They were going to let him sleep over so me and Tiff could have a quiet night,” Jamal replied as he opened a small closet in the dining room. In the wall behind a few cases of water was a safe. Jamal opened it quickly and pulled some cash as well as a gun and two clips from it.
“I see Norman taught you well,” Andre smirked remembering the similar set up in his deceased brother’s home.
“Hell yeah,” Jamal replied as he quickly counted out five thousand. He handed the money to Tiffany. “No debit or credit card transactions. You understand me?” he said firmly. Tiffany nodded her head and put the money in her purse. He then handed her the gun and out of habit, she checked to make sure the clip was fully loaded and then chambered a round.
“Because a girl can’t be too safe in these crime ridden times,” she said, repeating what Jamal always taught her when he first began taking her to the shooting range in the beginning of their relationship. Andre smiled at her as he watched her put the safety on and stick it in the pants holster that she slipped on while she was upstairs.
“Alright, let’s go pick up Lil Man…” before Andre had a chance to finish what he was saying, a gun went off hitting him in the chest. He fell back into the table and slid to the floor.
“Dad!” Jamal yelled out. Tiffany snatched her gun from her waist and began shooting at two men coming through the front door. One of them pulled out a sawed off shot gun and Jamal pushed her behind the island.
“Go out the back,” Andre grimaced as he pulled both of his guns. “I’m okay, I have my vest on.” He fired over the top of the island to give them room to run. The two shooters jumped back and ducked. One had already been hit by Tiffany’s quick shooting. Though he had a vest on, it ripped through the side and he was bleeding profusely but still trying to go for the assigned kills.
Andre peeked from behind the counter and shot off a few more rounds. “Go!” he yelled to them. Jamal pulled his gun from his waist and they crawled hurriedly over to the basement door with Tiff heading down first. Jamal took a quick glance back at his father not wanting to leave him there when he heard Tiff’s gun go off in the basement. The loud boom from her glock caused him to jump. He snatched her by arm and jerked her back into the kitchen. They were trapped with a couple of guys coming through the basement and the one guy left in the living room. Tiffany fired into the living room to give herself a chance to jump to the next wall. She dumped her empty clip and put another one in as she looked at Jamal. Jamal nodded at her…
Heyyyyyyy everybody! What’s up, what’s up, what’s up!!? I am in a super good mood this morning as Love’s Deadly Masquerade begins to climb into the top 100 for Women’s Fiction >>>Crime on Amazon Kindle. I just completed a Free Kindle Giveaway for this book and while there were over 2000 downloads with Love’s Deadly Masquerade sitting at #1 for Crime and Psychological on Kindle for free downloads, there were still readers who got their free download through Kindle Unlimited (I know a few posts back I said I was breaking up with that program but a few of my author friends insisted that I give it a longer try, so I am…pouting) and that improved its ranking in the Paid categories IMMENSELY. It’s only right that I show my readers and supporters gratitude because without you all, where would I be?! In that regard, I have come up with a three-part contest that includes Amazon Gift Certificates, Cash Prizes and Kindle Fire 7s! I know you are excited wanting to know how can you get parts. So without further ado, let’s get to it!
Giveaway 1- Enter your chance to win a Kindle Fire 7″ Display Wi-Fi, 8 GB (Black)
1st- Purchase & read Love’s Deadly Masquerade on Amazon Kindle(not through Kindle Unlimited-sorry, there will be a contest for KUP readers next week)
2nd- Leave a review for Love’s Deadly Masquerade on amazon and send a screenshot of your proof of purchase and review to firstname.lastname@example.org
Last- Make a post on Facebook recommending it to your friends. Make sure you tag me!
Giveaway 2- Enter your chance to win a Kindle Fire 7″ Display Wi-Fi, 8 GB (Black)
1st- You must purchase & read Love’s Deadly Masquerade ebook
directly from www.theauthoryani.com/ebooks.html
2nd- Leave a review on Amazon and send a screenshot of your purchase and review to email@example.com
Last- Make a post on Facebook recommending it to your friends. Make sure you tag me!
Giveaway 3- FOR PAPER BACK READERS ONLY! Enter your chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift certificate or Paypal deposit!
1st- You must purchase ANY paperback novel from www.theauthoryani.com/folio.html Take your pick from A Thug’s Redemption 1, 2, or 3; Obsessive Intimacies or Love’s Deadly Masquerade
2nd- once your book is received, take a picture holding your new book and post it to Facebook naming the title & the author (tag me)
Last- Be sure to leave a review on Amazon for whichever book you purchased!
This is my display of appreciation to my readers and supporters over the last few years. Every week I will be doing a giveaway and the prizes will be getting bigger so don’t miss out! If you already own novels by Yani, share the contest with your friends and family so they may have a chance at winning! This contest starts today and ends next Sunday evening at 11:59pm! A winner for each prize will be selected and announced Wednesday at 12pm EST. For those who are entering the paperback contest, I will be sure to wait until everyone has received their books and completed the necessary steps. Thank you for your support! Let’s have some fun!
If you didn’t see last night’s episode of Empire, HUNTY you missed a treat! Last night, shit definitely went down! The show opened with Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) being introduced as the new CEO of Empire (Oh Lucious finna buss a cap in his ass over this for sure!). After answering a few questions by the press and making them leave, Cookie lets the young Lyon know that he better do as he agreed if his ass wants to stay alive. And then, like the bomb Black mom that every misbehaving child fears, she slapped the bullshit out of that young man LMAO. I swear to God that was the slap heard around the world!
Then it was the drama with Jamal and how his daddy spread the word that he and Skye were “screwing” and he’s into girls now. You know the gay community was going to come for his ass and sure enough as he and Becky are heading out of Empire’s headquarters, they are surrounded by a group of very…uh… flamboyant (giggle) gay men all carrying flip-flops, giving a very Weird Al Yankovich’s-like- spoof version of Hakeem’s song “Drip-Drop” singing “Flip, Flip, Flip Flippity Flop”. That was some cold shit there, bruh. LOL! Jamal hit the nail on the head when he found out that Lucious was the one who started and was helping to spread the rumors about his “flip-flop” behavior when he said Lucious did it to tank his chances of winning song of the year since they both were nominated. Didn’t I tell y’all Lucious is the damn devil! That’s a cold bastard, boy! Jamal is so much like me I swear to God he is. When kids used to pick at me in school, before they knew it I had put pen to paper and chopped their punk asses down to size with some heavy bars. And Jamal dropped some heavy shit with a song he did in response to how his father was trying to sabotage him. I don’t know which part was colder, when he called him a snitching ass bitch or when he let everybody know that Lucious Lyons isn’t even his real name. Woooo!!! You better get ‘em Jamal!
Now let’s back up for one quick sec. Why did Hakeem lil punk-ass go and change the Empire logo from having it at Lucious’ face, to having it as his??? Lawd, he really want Lucious to put two in him and have him swimming with Bunky out there in those cold waters LOL. He better start sleeping with one eye open because Lucious just strikes me as the type to invite that boy over for a celebratory dinner and as Hakeem thinks everything is all gravy baby, Lucious pops two in his stomach. Maybe that’s just my little twisted imagination LOL. But like I said, Lucious is the devil so I wouldn’t put it past him.
The smartest thing Hakeem did this season thus far was making that sex tape of him and Camilla and sending it to Mimi. Hunty, she started dumping her shares of Empire stock faster than a man dumping his chick after running her hoe-fax. Cookie went to share the good news with Lucious to let him know everything was handled. Next thing you know, Lucious is recording Camilla as she is trying to clean up the evidence where she done offed Mimi! Had the bitch laying dead in the bubble-bath filled tub. Ooooh Naomi Campbell, yo ass cold busted now. Lucious taunted ol’ girl so damn bad, before you knew it, she was pulling those pills she used to poison Mimi back out of her pocket and popping them in her mouth. While it definitely caught me off guard, it seems like that situation came to a head a little too quickly. Of course I wouldn’t have wanted them to drag it out, but it still seems like it all happened too quickly. I am going to trust that Lee Daniels has something hot up his sleeves before the end of the season because this can’t be it. From the looks of it judging by the previews to next week’s episode, it seems like Lucious is trying to frame Hakeem for the shit. Yikes!
And finally, the last part touched me on a personal level. Andre and his wife Rhonda lost their baby when she was pushed down the stairs by that bitch Boo-Boo Kitty. As Andre was telling his business associates to buy up the stock that Mimi was dumping with his son’s trust fund that he began setting up when he found out that Rhonda was pregnant, it began to sink in that the baby was gone and he snapped. So Jamal and Hakeem took him into the studio and performed a song that they wrote for him in regards to his loss called “Good People”. Hakeem’s rap was on point with everything he said. Back in 2010, I lost a baby on September 10th. The miscarriage nearly killed me. Who would know that four years and 1 day later I would be blessed with a healthy baby girl born September 11th, 2014? So indeed I was a bit nostalgic during that scene. The pain in Andre as the tears flowed while his brothers sang and rapped for him, job well done Trai Byers. He plays the role of a man suffering from Bi-Polar disorder very well.
If you missed last night’s episode of Empire, you can stream it from fox.com or if you have a hulu account, you can watch from that site as well. And if you don’t have hulu, take advantage of their free trial, the $7.99/month is definitely worth it. Empire comes on Wednesday nights on Fox 29 at 9pm EST.
Tonight is TGIT and you know I will be tuned in to Grey’s Anatomy as well as Scandal and will give my take on both shows tomorrow. If you are on twitter, follow me @urbanlit_goddes and join the TGIT twitter party starting at 8pm EST with Grey’s Anatomy. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog. Until next time loves! Muah!
Good morning readers! I wanted to make sure I got this blog post up bright and early so I can make you all aware that Love’s Deadly Masquerade is available on Amazon Kindle for Free! Yes, I know so many readers out in the world enjoy not only a good read, but a FREE good read! Let’s Get Love’s Deadly Masquerade into the number one spot for Crime, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense and Psychological! Are you team Yani? (Scream Yes!) What do we want? (screams- The Number 1 Spot on The Best Seller’s List) When do we want it? (Screams- NOW!) So let’s go Team Yani! Tweet and retweet #TeamYani #LovesDeadlyMasquerade #Freebie to help spread the word so that this book can sit in the number one spot where it belongs! Tweet and Retweet with those hashtags and encourage your fellow readers to one click, read and be sure to leave a review. I can’t stress how important it is for readers to leave a review for an author after they’ve read the book whether you liked the book or not. Good feedback most definitely leads to more sales because it makes the next reader curious about the story that was written. Sometimes, bad feedback can have the same effect because readers may want to know if they’ll feel the same way (depending on the detail of the bad feedback). But bad feedback (depending on what’s said- sometimes it’s constructive, sometimes it’s just pure hate!) can help a writer perfect his or her own craft to turn out an even better book next time.
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I swear, Shonda Rhimes has Thursday nights on SMASH! You get just the right dosage of drama with a (sick) twist of comedy and suspense in two amazing shows. (I haven’t become a fan of How to get Away With Murder so I can’t vouch for that show. No Shade though…) I have been watching Grey’s Anatomy since it first came out in 2005. When I heard Patrick Dempsey was going to be starring in it along with Isaiah Washington, I knew Thursday nights would be much more interesting than they had been since New York Undercover met an untimely demise back in 1997. (After Tores was blown to smithereens, I tried watching it when they brought in Tommy from Martin, but that shit was so ass.) I was never really a fan of hospital dramas (outside of General Hospital. Who doesn’t love Sonny Corinthos?!). I never watched E.R or Doogie Houser, or none of those other shows. And I won’t lie, when I first began seeing the commercials for Grey’s Anatomy, I was like- Ugh! Another hospital drama? Gimme a break. But Patrick Dempsey has been a joy to watch on the screen since I saw the movie Mobsters with him and Christian Slater when I was a little girl. And Isaiah Washington! Wooo! That man rocks! Last year (sniff sniff) when McDreamy died (sniff sniff) I swear to God I cried. Yes I did, damn it. Especially the part where you could hear his thoughts and he was like “Great, I’m going to die because these people are idiots.” When McDreamy died, I laid down the law! I said I was finished! No more Grey’s Anatomy! First George, then Izzy left, then the shooting at the hospital, then the plane crash that killed Little Grey and McSteamy, not to mention Burke was gone and then Christina left, too! I said the hell with this. Shonda, I love you, boo. But this shit with McDreamy getting killed was just too much! But like all drug addicts, I found myself falling off the wagon and I came crawling back. But if you get rid of Korev on some f*cked up bullsh*t, I’m really done. I’m breaking up with Grey’s Anatomy for good. Our 11 year relationship will be finished! Now, about this last episode… Shonda is trying so hard to make this new guy slinking around in Meredith’s life likeable. Yeah, he’s kinda cute in a 90s Beverly Hills 90210/Melrose Place/Saved By the Bell kinda way with the dark eyes and the scruffy-ness around his chin and the not so perfect McDreamy hair but he’s not DEREK! So why did I catch myself grinning over their scenes together. I literally felt like I had traded on my boy LOL. So they went out on a couple of dates, and while Meredith didn’t get into her “dark & twisty” mood like she has in the past, (crying like she did with George O’Malley when they slept together) she did snap in a strange way that had her half-sister ready to knock his ass smooth out when she heard Meredith screaming for him to get out. And then as Meredith is going on this cleaning frenzy, she comes across Derek’s old blanket and her whole expression changed. It wasn’t a moment where she was reminded that she was a widow and the man she loved and went through so much to be with had died (the show says two years ago even though for us it was one). It was more so like, she was in a bad place sleeping with this new guy and even in death, Derek was still her peace, he was still her solace and through her having his blanket, he was able to calm her down. So she sees the blanket in the closet and she freezes and then she just kinda chuckles before grabbing it from the closet. Then she says to Korev that the cleaning is done and wraps the blanket around herself before sitting in front of the fire place. It was a beautiful moment as they showed flash backs of the two of them together. I’m sorry Patrick Dempsey left the show. His relationship with Meredith was just so enjoyable.
Callie has to get it together with her new girlfriend, lying about how Arizona felt about their daughter meeting her new girlfriend. That was so messy. Messy, messy messy! Glad she cleaned it up in the end.
Then we have the drama with Pierce and Deluca. How the hell Deluca wanted them to go public, but ended up not being able to handle the pressure of dating an attendee so he tries to flea Pierce off. I loved it when she said, “No- I do the brushing off. Nobody brushes me off.” That’s right, boo. Because he ain’t all that cute anyway. What the hell is a Deluca anyway? Sounds like a boogie that was sneezed out of somebody’s nose or an STD LOL. I will not be sad if some tragedy happens at the end of the season and he is killed off. Buh-Bye! Lastly, we go to April and Jackson. Just when I thought Debbie Allen couldn’t play the role of the “bitchy mother-in-law from hell” any better, she proves me wrong by being the “bitchy EX mother-in-law from hell”. She had me thinking she was being the sweet, caring soon to be grandma who was concerned about April and the baby’s well being when really she was just pumping that girl for information so she could nail her ass to the wall. Lord Momma Avery got something up her sleeves! But I have a feeling whatever it is will back-fire and either cause Jackson and April to get back together or it will cause her to miscarry. That would be tragic considering what already happened to their baby last season. I hope they get back together because they were such a cute couple. She has to chill though. April really has to chill and stop looking for arguments where there aren’t any. All Jackson has to do is bat those fine, sexy green eyes and keep on smiling, baby. Keep on smiling. LOL! Woooo This post is long and I haven’t even gotten to Scandal. I might have to take this to video after this entry and start doing Youtube clips. My fingers feel strong as shit right now. LOL But let’s get to Scandal! Olivia, Olivia, Olivia! Girrrrrl you have turned into quite the character. I don’t know if it was because of the kidnapping from last season or everything that happened when it came out that she was indeed the President’s mistress, but she is out of her mind! First with stalking Jake to “see what he is up to” when really she was looking like the ex-fuck buddy who was scoping out the new piece of ass and comparing notes before throwing heavy shade. Yes baby, she told Jake last week that nobody can “ride him” like she does. I damn near fainted. Chile, damn the tea! Pass the vodka! Now this week, she was on some vindictive stuff trying to get Susan’s real baby daddy, who is sitting in jail, to spill to the world that he is the baby daddy and not the army man who was killed in the line of duty. When the guy told her that he wasn’t going to do it, she threatened to have drugs planted in his cell room to add on more time and all kinds of craziness. Huck wasn’t feeling that shit at all considering he has a kid and his main thing was what they were doing could eventually hurt Susan’s kid. Olivia is like fuck that, I don’t lose. I win. Before that man would snitch on Susan and tank her entire political career, he hung himself in his cell. SMH. Olivia needs to be reeled back in before she leaves any more bodies in her wake. This is why last week, Edison told her that he was doing business with the monster’s father (meaning he is doing business with Papa Pope, the father of the monster -Oliva LOL Oooh Burn!) Cyrus is still a bad, bad boy. I know he was the one who got the nurse to recant her story about Edison being admitted for pain-pill addiction and depression, even at the risk of making the candidate whose campaign he was running look bad and taking a hit in the polls. He just wanted to get rid of the competition, being the brother who was stealing his shine while running the campaign. Cyrus is such a bastard, but you got to love him. But the highlight of the show was when Poppa Pope got in Edison’s ass. Yes baby! He got in his ass so fine, he had Edison standing in the kitchen looking like a total bitch while Jake (I love this dude LOL) Jake… LMFAO Jake was sitting at the got-damn kitchen table fucking some fried chicken up watching the whole thing, like damn… glad that ain’t me getting a chunk of my ass torn out. And after Poppa Pope got in that ass, Jake says to Edison- “It’s some chicken in the fridge if you want some.” LMAO I was so dead on that scene.
If you missed Thursdays episode of Grey’s Anatomy or Scandal, you can catch them both on Hulu. I will be back next Thursday watching Grey’s Anatomy at 8pm EST and Scandal at 9pm EST on 6 ABC. Follow me on twitter @urbanlit_goddes to tweet with me as we watch, laugh and maybe even have a glass of wine… or two… or three depending on how juicy the episodes are. As always my loves, it has been a pleasure. PEACE!
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