Today was super awesome! Like, the dopeness behind how awesome today was is indescribable! Today, I had my first book signing in over four years. I’m shocked that I wasn’t nervous. The last book signing that I did was at Horizon Book store in The Gallery Market East on November 22, 2013 and I damn near sold out that day. Today was special because I teamed up with both of my sisters. We are determined to take our companies and products to the next level and become forces to be reckoned with. Not only did we do book signings for both of our books, Why Yet and myself, but my older sister showcased her body butters as well. A young woman from Temple University by the name of Sabreah Abdul did a podcast for me and Why Yet about our books and it reminded me why I write and why I want to share my gift with the world. She is the first interviewer that I had who didn’t ask generic questions but actually read the book I was doing the signing for which was Love’s Deadly Masquerade, and read up on my background as well as did her research on other books that I’ve written, going as far as to research Hoop Dreams Deflated so we could talk about that book as well. I’ll be posting the link to the podcast so you all can listen to the interview that was done.
Here are some pics from today’s event.
I will be posting the rest of the photos in my photo gallery once I complete it in the coming week. Meantime in between time, as soon as the podcast is posted, I will add it for you all to listen to. And if you have not purchased any of my books, you are truly missing out. Visit My eBook Store to purchase ebook copies of all of my books. For paperback orders which include free shipping, visit My book store Thanks for stopping by my blog. And remember, even if people don’t believe in you, make sure you are your biggest cheerleader. Just because people seem like they’re not paying attention doesn’t mean they aren’t watching how you move. Just make sure you know the difference between those who are truly there for you and those are there for what they can get from you. See you at the top because the bottom is too crowded. Peace!
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!
The day that I have been waiting for has finally arrived. (Hits my Cabbage Patch) Yeaaaaaah boooooyyyyyy! (in my Flava Flav voice) Love’s Deadly Masquerade is officially out and it is already generating buzz! This is what Online Book Club had to say:
…The writing style is raw and evocative. The vivid and (mercifully) short descriptions of the various forms of tortures that Eric inflicts on Vanessa are particularly hard-hitting. Then there are those glimpses into Vanessa’s psyche which are particularly impactful, for example, when she wonders whether God is making her experience firsthand how shallow was her viewpoint on domestic violence, and perhaps God is punishing her for believing what she would have done in such a situation without ever understanding how overpowering the fear of violence is.
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This is what one of my biggest supporters (Tiffany W.) had to say on Facebook about Love’s Deadly Masquerade:
This is why I do what I do! Writing actually, is not just something I do, it’s who I am. When I wake up every day, if I can’t do anything else, as long as I can write, I am okay and I am happy. I pray that I never experience writer’s block again because that period of time was the hardest, darkest time in my life. I love what I do and knowing that readers appreciate my work and look forward to the next piece of work that I do makes me love it even more.
So where can you get this awesome book from? EVERYWHERE! Your local book store and if they don’t have it, let them know you don’t appreciate them slipping and they need to get it on their shelves ASAP! You can get it online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and many others. You can also visit my site and purchase a paperback copy through there. For those who are using Paypal, FREE SHIPPING is available to you. If you don’t have Paypal, don’t worry- you can send a money order for $15.00 plus $2.99 for shipping and handling and I will see to it that you get your book in 3-5 days. Ebook readers, at this time, Love’s Deadly Masquerade along with my other titles are available to Kindle EXCLUSIVELY because they are enrolled in the Kindle Unlimited Program. So you can either purchase your kindle copy for $4.99 or if you are a Kindle Unlimited Subscriber, download it and read it for free! I do ask that once you read Love’s Deadly Masquerade, please be sure to leave feedback on Amazon. Feedback is very important to an author because it let’s other readers know to check me out as well!
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