Obsessive Intimacies Gets A Make-Over

January 15, 2016 Novels By Yani  No comments

I swear I think I change book covers the way chicks change their drawls. LOL! I must have changed A Thug's Redemption's cover four times before I finally was satisfied with the outcome. The only books that have not been changed were A Thug's Redemption 2 and A Thug's Redemption 3.
There wasn't really anything wrong with Obsessive Intimacies cover per say, I just didn't feel like it was compelling enough. I mean, while it is a suspenseful story, I don't think the cover gave that idea away nor did it have the feel of "erotica" when I looked at it. And let's just be honest, readers do judge books by their covers. So I decided to go with the original cover idea that I had instead of listening to folks when I was designing it. And voila!

To me, this cover has more POW to it without giving too much away. In the first cover, you can see that there is a love triangle going on in there but not anything that would make a reader do a double take when looking at the cover, pick it up and say, "Damn, I need to read this!" I wanted my readers to feel the heat and the passion that is vividly written in every sex scene throughout this entire book as well as get sucked into the drama and establish a connection with the characters. So far, so good. So no shade thrown to the other cover (I designed them both) It's all gravy baby.

Obsessive Intimacies was my fourth novel. I wanted to step away from urban fiction/street lit and try my hand at some good old fashion drama, suspense and throw a little erotica in there while I was at it. When I write my books, I always imagine my mother reading them and what her reaction would be. So you can imagine with all of the hot, steamy sex scenes, the profanity and the way various acts were described, I did quite a bit of cringing as I was reading through it and editing it. I'm not going to lie to y'all, I was saying to myself for the majority of the sex scenes, "Oh my God, my momma finna skin me alive!" And then I had the horrible thought of my brother reading this book and shaking his head at me. LOL! It seems silly, doesn't it? After all, I am an adult now. But I can't help but still feel like the little girl sitting between my mother's legs getting my hair braided or the little sister begging her big brother to teach her how to play Street Fighter 2 on the old Super Nintendo, so yeah, the idea of them reading these sexually explicit terrifies me lol. But I enjoyed writing it! And judging by the reviews and feedback I've gotten on the book, I know people are enjoying every page.

Check out the synopsis below!

Monogamy was not one of Markel's strongest suits when it came to his relationship with the woman he referred to his as his "right hand lady". During the first five years of his relationship with Tierra, he had an insatiable appetite for a variety of women, having numerous affairs while thinking TIerra was none the wiser. Unbeknownst to him, Tierra was well aware of his adulterous activities and decided to indulge in her own sweetest payback by seeking comfort in the arms of his best friend, giving into the age-old ideology that what's good for the goose, is good for the gander.
Though Markel at one point changed his cheating ways, a new temptation crosses his path and he quickly reverts back to his scandalous ways. Not willing to sit idly by while Markel continuously disrespected their wedding vows, Tierra begins an affair of her own, introducing problems neither one of them anticipated having. From road rage to fist fights, to a racist violent father of Markel's White Mistress, these affairs quickly spiral out of control and a deadly obsession is formed in the end. A cross between "Jungle Fever" and "Fatal Attraction" and filled with steamy, wild, and erotic sex scenes, Obsessive Intimacies is sure to grab onto you from the first page and not let you go until the last sentence!

Go to Amazon and download your copy of Obsessive Intimacies on Amazon Kindle, free for Kindle Unlimited Subscribers!

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New Anitbeet Productions Logo

January 8, 2016 A Thug's Redemption  No comments

It has been two years since I've updated this blog and I feel a need to apologize tremendously. So much has happened in the two years that it's been since I last posted an entry. I've been to the Houston Black Book Festival, I've published two more books and am in the process of publishing my fifth novel. And on September 11, 2014, I gave birth to a baby girl named Dallas. I've been a busy little bee.

For three years since I self-published my first novel, A Thug's Redemption, I've been trying to come up with a logo for Anitbeet Productions. I've tried getting my brother to design a logo for me but I guess he thought he was too good. (Eye roll). It's a damn shame that even when offered money for a person's talents, they don't want to work. So I put it off and just worked with the little graphic I created in 2012. But one day, the graphic design Gods smiled down on me LOL and sent me an angel. I was browsing through my Instagram timeline when I came across a friend of mine who went to high-school with me. She posted something she'd drawn and it was freaking AMAZING! Why in the hell didn't I think to go to her from the damn giddy-up! I told her what I had in mine and asked if she would be able to create something for me and she did a hell of an awesome, kick-ass job! So drum roll please!

Anitbeet ProductionsI was in love with it the moment I laid eyes on this! It was perfect for my personality and what I hope to turn this company into in the next few years. She nailed it. So of course, I have to do a completely new website lay-out that mirrors this beauty. I more than likely will start working on it this weekend.

So what can you expect from Yani and Anitbeet Productions in 2016? Well, if I have my way and I plan to work extremely hard so that I CAN have my way, you can expect nothing but great things. As I said in the beginning of this post, I just completed my fifth novel which is called "Love's Deadly Masquerade". I am still working on "Ebony Femme Fatale"  and there is a surprise cameo appearance from Jamal and Dante aka D-Ball from the A Thug's Redemption series at the end of "Love's Deadly Masquerade". And while the A Thug's Redemption series has come to an end, readers can expect a spin-off crime/thriller/suspense novel with Jamal and D-Ball coming this summer. I will definitely be making more appearances at book festivals this year. You can catch me at the Harlem Book Fair this summer, as well as the Baltimore Book Festival and many more.

I am also working on the script for A Thug's Redemption and will be posting a blog in the next month or so notifying readers of a casting call for the main characters in that book. This will be an independent film that I am hoping to have done in time for submission into the Sundance Film festival as well as other Independent Film Festivals coming up next year. And I also have a children's book series that will be coming out towards the end of the summer, in time for the 2016-2017 school year called Gullible Gabby. Gabby is curious and inquisitive little girl who has a bad habit of believing everything she is told no matter how far fetch things may seem. In these stories, Gabby will learn to think for herself and to not be so quick to believe everything she hears until she can prove the information to be true or false. Through those books, I want to teach children how critical thinking skills as well as other life lessons that most children miss out early on in life.

I don't want to give away too much, just expect to see Yani and Novels by Yani everywhere this year. And who knows, maybe I will make it to the New York Time's best seller's list. Hmmm.

In the meantime, subscribe to this blog as well as my other blog The Official website of Yani to stay up to date with the what's happenings with Anitbeet Productions and Yani. And for those of you who are unaware, there is an A Thug's Redemption 3: The Wrath of Andre which concludes the series. It's action packed and filled with drama and suspense. I also have an erotic drama "Obsessive Intimacies" that was number 12 in Romance on the Amazon Best Seller's list in 2014. The A Thug's Redemption series and Obsessive Intimacies can be found on Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Nook, Smashwords, ibooks, Google Books, Kobo and all other ebook readers. Follow me on twitter @urbanlit_goddes or @the_author_yani as well as instagram @the_author_yani. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Peace!

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Yani has gone “Natural” Rock the ‘Fro

July 3, 2013 Respect  No comments

Beautiful African American Woman

So I have decided to ditch the weaves and rock my natural hair. It was something that I had been considering for a long time but I naively loved the variety of wearing weaves, not realizing I could achieve a better variety with my own hair. Prior to cutting my hair last year, I had not had a relaxer in my head for more than two years. I foolishly let that ghetto-ass hair salon (not saying any names or pointing any elbows) put a relaxer in my hair before giving me the hair cut and style that I DID NOT ask for. Once I started letting my hair grow back and became serious about going natural, I looked absolutely ridiculous. The top of my hair was mostly straight but the back and most of the sides was thick, kinky and tightly curled. I looked like Samuel Jackson from Unbreakable with like three different styles in my head at once. That was not going to fly. I could have did a long transition but to me it was just trifling looking, so I cut all of the relaxer out of my head. That made my hair super short and there was no way I was going to walk around looking like some little boy. So back to the weaves. First I began sewing them in (as best I could considering how short my hair was) and my hair was growing back rather quickly with the products I was using (Shea Moisture). But upon taking one of the sew ins out of my head, I accidentally cut some of my hair in the back of my head. After all of my hard work! So sew ins were OUT! I began wearing weave caps with my hair braided underneath and sometimes I would do an invisible part. But that damn glue was doing more harm than good. So no more invisible parts no matter how nice they looked. Then I just began wearing the caps with my hair still braided underneath and using the Shea Moisture products to keep my hair moisturized. My hair grew very quickly. Upon taking my last weave cap out (which was a fabulous short cut) I noticed that my hair had grown to be exceptionally long considering the big chop I had done ten months prior. So I washed and conditioned my hair, blow dried it and combed and brushed it into a pretty Afro. I looked amazing, like a little African Princess. I knew at that moment that it would be a minute and a half before I went back to weaves again.


I will admit, it is a lot of work to maintain my hair as it is very thick, sometimes it gets extremely dry and I have to try out various products to keep my hair healthy and looking good. I sometimes spend at least three hours just untangling, washing and conditioning my hair before I twist it up to wear it in a kinky-curly Fro-style. But it is well worth it. Of course I am given strange stares because too many people think "nappy" hair is unattractive. They've been conditioned to believe that their natural beauty isn't real beauty at all and to obtain what the masses see as "real beauty" is to slap a relaxer in to make it bone straight, put a weave in to make it super long, dye it, fry it and slick it to the side. That is false, false, false. To me, nothing is more beautiful than a well kept, healthy Afro, or kinky-curly styled hair, big hair, twisted blow out hair; it is absolutely gorgeous! I have gone from this-


To this-


To this-

I am definitely keeping the last one. Don't get me wrong, it's nothing wrong with weaves, if you're wearing it because you like wearing weaves. But if you're wearing it because you think it enhances your beauty, you have some serious soul searching to do and are in dire need of some self-esteem uplifting. Love the skin you're in. I do! Peace!

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A Thug’s Redemption 2: Jamal’s Return- Available on Amazon Kindle

June 20, 2013 A Thug's Redemption  No comments

A Thug's Redemption 2: Jamal's Return A Thug's Redemption 2: Jamal's Return is available on Amazon Kindle and I must say it is ringing bells! For those of you who have purchased A Thug's Redemption 1 and/or 2, please be sure to leave your rating on Amazon. Even if you did not purchase the book on Amazon, you can still leave a rating as long as you've made a purchase on Amazon in the past. I am truly proud of how that book turned out and am loving the response I am getting from those who have read it already. I released it on my birthday- June 4th- as a birthday gift to me and just a gift to my readers as I know how much so many of them have been waiting on this book. Though it is not printed as of yet and I am hoping to have the printed copies in my hand very soon, you can make your purchase on Amazon Kindle Trust me, you will not be disappointed. If you would like a FREE preview of this page turning, suspenseful tale, read the first 40 pages on Book Buzzr As always, I take out my favorite part of a book I am writing or have already written and I post it. Get your copy of the 5 Star page turning sequel on Amazon Kindle. Buy A Thug's Redemption 2: Jamal's Return HereA Thug's Redemption 2: Jamal's Return ExcerptDeisha was watching the people who came in to view Kiree and Ms. Becky. She noticed a tall man who had a stocky build walk over to Kiree’s casket. He was light-skinned, possibly Puerto-Rican, and dressed in an all in one gray Dickie suit with a pair of Timberland boots. He stared at Kiree for a moment expressionless and then looked at Keisha and Manny. Deisha stared at him, waiting to see if he was going to view Ms. Becky as well. But when she saw the way he looked at Manny, she caught a bad feeling. D-Ball bent over to tie his shoe, not paying attention to anything and was unseen to the man in the Dickie suit. But the visitor noticed Jamal and turned to leave as quickly as he arrived.
“Did you just see that shit?” Deisha asked Maurice, disregarding the fact that she was using profanity in a church.
“Yeah, I saw that shit.” Maurice said in a low voice as he looked behind him. He didn’t see if the guy sat down or left so he faced forward. He too had a bad feeling.
“Am I crazy or did it look like he was checking to make sure Kiree was dead?” Deisha asked.
“That’s exactly what it looked like. Aww man. This shit got me feeling sick. I got a bad feeling.” Maurice replied.
“A bad feeling like what, what are y’all talking about?” Jamal asked.
Deisha whispered to him what she and Maurice had noticed with the last guy who came in to view Kiree and the way he looked at Manny.
“Shiiiiid,” Jamal mumbled as he looked around. “I didn’t think to have the cops outside of the church.” He pulled out his phone and texted Detective Davidson asking him to come to the church where the funeral was being held and to have a unit on stand-by just in case.
“Jamal, are you carrying?” Maurice asked.
“Fucking right I’m carrying. Shit, I’m in Philly. I don’t go no-where without my burner.” Jamal replied. He elbowed D-Ball. “Yo dawg, I know you’re carrying.”
“When am I never carrying?” D-Ball replied. “Why what’s going on?”
Jamal leaned over and whispered in D-Ball’s ear, telling him what Deisha had just said. D-Ball looked around and then turned sideways so the people sitting next to him couldn’t see him pull his gun out. He checked the clip to make sure it was fully loaded and then eased it back where he took it from. He then checked his other one.
“I don’t believe this shit,” D-Ball said as he shook his head. His palms were sweating as the funeral proceeded. Jamal, Maurice, Deisha and D-Ball were all nervous but did not want to alarm Manny or Keisha. Jamal checked his phone and saw Davidson texted him back letting him know a unit would be on the corner and he was in the back of the church. Jamal turned around and looked. Davidson nodded at him.
Jamal turned back around and whispered to D-Ball. “Keep Keisha, Manny and Kamir behind you when we leave. I’ma stay on your right and Davidson will be on your left, cool?”
“Got you,” D-Ball replied. They waited out the funeral and finally, the recessional was under way. Little by little, the packed church moved past the two caskets to say their farewells. D-Ball leaned next to Keisha as they stood to the side. “When we walk out of here; you, Kamir and Manny stay behind me and Jamal.” He grabbed her hand and made her touch the small of his back where his gun was. “Pull my gun when you need it.” D-Ball said to her in a low voice. Keisha looked at him puzzled but then nodded her head. The Pall Bearers grabbed the caskets and began walking out of the church. Keisha’s heart was pounding in her chest. She stayed close behind D-Ball with Manny and her son at her side. Jamal walked ahead of them but close to D-Ball with Deisha and Maurice behind him. As they were walking down the stairs, Deisha looked around. She searched the crowd wildly for the man she saw in the church. By the time she saw him, it was too late.
“That’s him,” Deisha said to Jamal as she jerked on his arm. Another gunman came from the left and pulled his gun. Keisha pushed Manny and her son back with her left hand as she pulled the gun from D-Ball’s back with her right. D-Ball pulled his other gun and fired at the man in the all in one Dickie suit as Keisha fired at the one coming towards them. People screamed and started running, pushing to get out of the way. Jamal took two shots to his torso and fell back. D-Ball turned and fired at the other gunman as Davidson fired at him also. Manny grabbed his son and ran back inside of the church. The scene outside of the church was chaotic as people either fell or was knocked down while others pushed and shoved to keep from getting shot. More cops came and grabbed D-Ball and Keisha. Davidson ran over to Jamal to check him. He was almost in a panic hoping that nothing bad happened to Jamal. When he felt the bullet proof vest, he let out a sigh of relief. Jamal was disoriented as he tried opening the vest. It felt like there was too much pressure against his chest. He coughed as he took deep breaths.
“DEISHA!” Maurice called out.
Jamal looked over in their direction and scrambled towards them. Deisha lay on the steps unconscious but still breathing. A bullet hit her in her stomach. Jamal grabbed Maurice and pulled him back.
“I’ve gotta stay with her, man! I’ve gotta stay with her!” Maurice screamed as he struggled against Jamal.
“Listen to me! Listen to me, Maurice! Let the medics do their jobs. She’s going to be alright. Your sister and her son need you.” Jamal said firmly to Maurice. Maurice was trembling as he turned to look at Deisha. The medics were placing her on a stretcher and putting her in the back of an ambulance.
“I’ve been where you are, Mar. But you’ve gotta keep a clear head for Deisha, for yourself and for your sister and her son.”
Manny walked out of the church carrying his son in his arms. It took him a moment to calm Kamir down. Davidson was able to talk the police out of arresting Keisha and D-Ball since they both had a license to carry and his guns were registered. Keisha grabbed her son and felt all over his back, checking him to make sure he was okay.
“He’s good, I checked him.” Manny told her. Keisha fell into his arms and cried hysterically.
“They shot Deisha!!” She sobbed in his arms.
Manny held Keisha and looked over at D-Ball with his son. He looked at Jamal and Maurice and saw how distraught he was that Deisha had been shot. He was beyond pissed off and tired.
“Jamal,” Manny called over to him.
Jamal walked over to him and Keisha. “Yo.”
“Samir didn’t even have the fucking courtesy to let me bury my muthafucking mom and brother. He brought the bullshit to their funeral. To their funeral!! You tell that fucking cop he can either bring Samir in tonight or fish his fucking body outta Cobbs Creek tomorrow. He ain’t playing by any rules, why the fuck should we!?” Manny said furiously.
Jamal looked at Manny and Keisha but didn’t have the words to say. He knew Manny was right.

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My Daughter, Destiny- Little Alicia Keys

June 18, 2013 Philly Support PhillyRespect  No comments

Since late November, 2012, I have been teaching my daughter how to play the piano and one of the first songs we wanted to learn to play was Diary by Alicia Keys. It has a beautiful melody. I knew it would be complex especially since neither one of us can read music. With the help of a Youtube video, I was able to learn how to play the full song as well as her freestyle at the end and then pass the lesson onto my daughter, Destiny who is shown in the video. She picked up on the notes rather quickly. It was almost like the way Nick Cannon picked up on Drum beats in the movie Drumline where he would watch the person's hands to see how he played and then mimic the drum beat afterwards. Because my daughter played so beautifully at my mother's house on her piano, she wanted to try out for the school's talent show.

Destiny is one of those really smart children who unfortunately is picked on. She's a sweet kid, though she is no angel. But her good outweighs her bad. Unfortunately, since she has gotten into trouble a few times, she was already stereotyped as "one of those kids", which is really a shame.  The day of the tryout, her former third grade teacher along with another staff member saw that she was going to be trying out and I guess they expected her to get on stage and dance around acting simple on some "whip my hair back and forth foolishness". And the look of suspicion and doubt on their faces when she said she was going to play the piano was so disappointing. However, my daughter shut them all up. She sat at the piano and looked back at me for my approval and I gave her a head nod to let her know to do her thing. The looks on the faces of the people conducting the tryouts when she broke out in Diary on the piano in a smooth and flawless manner was PRICELESS. I still remember one lady in particular, Ms. Campbell say- "Wait a minute, Miss Destiny has talent! Little Miss Destiny can really play the piano!" Yes, Little Miss Destiny and a lot of other kids are much more than too many write them off to be. Not only did they accept her into the talent show, but they made her the encore performance.

I watched the way the talent show was conducted and what I found to be very disappointing was the lack of respect that the student body had for their fellow peers as they performed. Though nobody boo'ed, thankfully, the talking and laughing while students performed was just sad. And the lack of control the adults including the principal had over those children was even more sad. When I was a student at John F. Reynolds (which unfortunately will be one of the schools closing at the end of the term), my old principal Dr. Harvey was a force to be reckoned with. And when she wasn't the MC of an assembly but Ms. Stuckey was, nobody DARED to utter a sound when someone was on the stage because they didn't want to find themselves on the receiving end of her yard stick. At Pennypacker, the adults put little to no effort into quieting those students down until Destiny took the stage.

Ms. Campbell was sure to quiet the students down and had them give Destiny their undivided attention. She went onto say how she and Destiny had their difficulties and that she never would have guessed that Destiny was as talented as she was. A few students began their chitter-chatter at first but when they heard the first few notes to Diary by Alicia Keys and recognized what she was playing, everyone quieted down and my girl did her thing! At the end she received a standing ovation. Passing through the hallways afterwards, she was given so much praise and when the principal saw me, she gave me a thumbs up.

Seeing the kind of talent that my daughter has as well as some of the students in the talent show is a major reason why we have to invest in our children. We have to show interest in the things that interest them and do our best to let them indulge in various activities to help them shine. If their talent is wasted, or they aren't allowed to tap into that talent, that could be a factor that causes them to fail in life.

Destiny is still playing the piano. Since the talent show, I have taught her how to play Girl on Fire & Unlock Yourself by Alicia Keys. I am also trying to learn Circles by Marques Houston as well as Apologize by One Republic so Destiny can learn those songs as well. Children who are perceived as "bad" really aren't all bad. They just need an outlet, something to do that is of interest to them. Idle minds lead to the Devil's work and that's something we must never forget when raising our children. Below is the video from Destiny's school talent show performance. I hope you enjoy! It's a little shaky at the end because my hands began trembling. Not because I was nervous, but because I was so proud!

 

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Book Signing at Horizon Books in the Gallery-Success!

June 14, 2013 A Thug's RedemptionPhilly Support Philly  No comments

Female African American Author YaniOh my God! Today was just a little bit crazy. Weird things seem to happen on the days I have my book signings but I refuse to let anyone or anything deter me. My book signing at Horizon Books in the Gallery was yesterday and though it was a success, I must say, the day started off quite weird. First I woke up to a flat tire. Definitely no buena LOL! Luckily, my nephews' father, Byron, who has an awesome magazine PAC Magazine (Photomic Art Concepts), came by and was able to take care of it for me. But as he was finishing, I could see the dark clouds rolling in where some wicked weather was fast approaching. By this time, it was about 8:30am and my book signing was starting at 12 noon. I crossed my fingers and prayed that whatever was about to hit was over before I made my way to the Gallery.
Next, my photo paper seemed to have magically disappeared and I was unable to print my little flyers to hand out to readers who were passing by and/or getting their books signed. The crazy part was, I saw the photo paper all week! Isn't it ironic how something that you don't need at the moment can be right in your face for days at a time but the minute you need to use whatever it is, it's nowhere to be found? Needless to say I was only able to print a handful of flyers. Then it gets worse. As I am curling and styling my hair, I hear this crackling noise. I'm looking around like, "what the hell?". I don't pay it any mind at first, I continue curling my hair until I hear this crackling noise again and then out of the corner of my eye, my curlers start sparking. Seriously...SERIOUSLY! Only half of my damn head was done, it was raining cats and dogs, I was doing long spiral curls and the curlers decided they wanted to start snap, crackling and popping like some demonic Rice Crispies. And there were no hair stores open in my area! So I had to take a gamble. The curlers were already super hot and they heat up rather quickly I unplugged them and proceeded to curl my hair a little faster to get as many curls in as possible before they cooled off. Once they did (don't judge me) I plugged them back in, let them heat up, unplugged them and continued until my hair was complete. I'm sorry, but there was no way I was going to a book signing in the Gallery with a lot of people passing by, looking like Samuel L. Jackson from Unbreakable. Think about it. Yeah...no buena.
So, hair is curled, make-up is flawless books are packed up in the trunk of my Ford Explorer XLT. I'm ready to roll...until I realize my daughter has my umbrella and left me the broken one. Seriously...SERIOUSLY!
I manage to get to my truck and thankfully, while I was in route, the rain slowed down and it wasn't that hot out...at first. I never drive in Center City because that's just madness. So I parked on 7th & Wallace and grabbed my travel "pully" with my books inside and began walking to the Gallery...with the broken umbrella. But thankfully, the rain was barely a drizzle. However, mother nature decided to become humid and by the time I got to the Gallery, most of my curls had met an untimely demise. I could have gotten electrocuted for nothing. SMH!
Nevertheless, the book signing was a success. An old co-worker of mine, Chynell, stopped through to show support and my brother, Victor, came through as well, to keep me company. I was able to get a few pics of my awesome readers and supporters and I can't wait to go down to the Gallery and do another signing. A Thug's Redemption can now be found in Horizon Books in the Gallery Market East. Stop down there and get your copy. And don't forget to leave a review!

 

 

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A Thug’s Redemption 2: Jamal’s Return Released & Upcoming Book Signings

June 8, 2013 A Thug's Redemption  No comments

Hello Readers! I am so happy to announce that A Thug's Redemption 2: Jamal's Return is now available on Amazon Kindle! You can download this page turning, suspenseful novel and read it from your iPhone, iPad, Android device, PC or Kindle. Many have been wanting to know when the soft cover copies would be available. At this time, I am experiencing a minor delay, however, I am unveiling the option to pre-order copies of A Thug's Redemption 2 which will be available July 5th. Below are the options to buy A Thug's Redemption pt 1 and pre-order part 2. All orders come with FREE Shipping and are signed by yours truly!

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ATR 1 $15.00 USD
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Today, I was expecting to be at the Philly Urban Book Festival in Center City Philadelphia at the African American Museum from 12pm-4pm but I received an email letting me know that it had been rescheduled until further notice. I was looking forward to meeting with my readers, signing books and taking photos. But no worries, I will still be at the Horizon Book Store in The Gallery, also in Center City Philadelphia on Thursday, June 13th 2013 from 12pm-5pm. Come on down and join me for this Urban Fiction Affair! Until next time folks...PEACE!!

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Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly Dead at 34 in Atlanta Georgia

May 2, 2013 Respect  No comments

Mac Daddy: "Don't try to compare us to another bad little fad
I'm the Mac and I'm bad give you something that you never had
I'll make ya Jump Jump wiggle and shake your rump
Cause I'll be kicking the flavor that makes you wanna Jump
How high? Real high
Cause I'm just so fly
A young loveable, huggable type of guy
And everything is the back with a little slack
Cuz inside-out is wiggida wiggida wack
I come stompin' with somethin' pumpin' to keep you jumpin'
R&B, Rap, and Bullcrap is what I'm dumpin'
And ain't something about Kris Kross we all that'
So when they ask do they rock
Say believe that" - Jump Lyrics Courtesy of eLyrics.net

I believe I was in the 2nd grade when this rap duo hit the scene and I just thought they were the BOMB.COM!! Every time the song came on Power 99FM, I turned the radio up as loud as my mother would allow me to and rapped along as I bopped around the kitchen in our old home in Blumberg Projects. I never got the whole wearing the pants backwards thing and I can still remember my mother saying: "That's stupid. How the hell do they go to the bathroom. I guess that's why they're pants are hanging off their ass they can just "jump jump" out of them" LOL! I didn't really dig the diss that they made against Another Bad Creation (ABC) but I still loved the song and thought they were so cool.

Though they kinda fell off the Hip-Hop radar, Jump Jump still remained a popular song in my eyes and I still managed to remember the lyrics. And the NBA keeps me rapping along with it when it is played while players "jump ball". Not to mention Justin Timberlake's character being teased in the movie Friends With Benefits and rapping along to the song as it played.

It saddened me to hear that Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly passed away in his ATL home yesterday. He was only 34. What saddens me even more is reading reports that it was an alleged overdose yet no autopsy had been performed. Would it kill the media to have a little respect for the dead as well as the family? Until an autopsy proves that he died of an overdose, don't smear his name in the papers or on blogs giving his fans the impression that he was a drug addict or succumb to a drug addiction. Wait until you have the facts before you begin throwing speculation. So since this is throwback Thursday, for those who have not seen the "Jump, Jump" video before or it's been a while, let's do a little Blake Griffin time traveling back to 1992 and let the robust lyrics of Kriss Kross' "Jump, Jump" flow through your brain. Peace!

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Updates and News for Urban Fiction/Street Lit Readers & Authors

April 25, 2013 A Thug's RedemptionRespect  No comments


Hello readers and fellow Black African American Urban Fiction and Street Lit authors! I wanted to share some information that maybe helpful for authors in Philly and/or the tri-state area who want to network, promote and get their name out there so readers can be conscious of their efforts, talent and hard work! Spring has arrived with sunshine and warm weather which means more opportunities for outdoor activities such as Black Book Expos, Black Book Festivals, Black Author Festivals and so much more. If you are an author hoping to gain exposure and expand your readership, you may want to look into the following events and see if you can arrange your schedule and be in attendance. Below you will see what events are coming up and in the future, if anything changes with these events or if new events are discovered, I will definitely update this blog post to keep my fellow authors and readers informed!


Starting with my home town, there is a Philly Urban Book Festival happening on June 8th 2013 from 12PM-4PM located at the African American Museum 701 Arch Street Philadelphia Pa 19106. For more information on this event or if you would like to attend as an author or reader in search of some great material, Click Here!


There is a Baltimore Urban Book Festival coming up on July 14th 2013 from 12PM-6PM. Authors who want to expand on their readers as well as promote their work should grab a table quick, fast and in a hurry! Author vending tables are $180. For more information Click Here!


Also in July is the Harlem Book Fair on July 20th 2013 which from my understanding is THEE event new published and self published authors want to attend to help get their name out there. For more information on the Harlem Book Fair or if you would like to be an exhibitor Click Here!


In August, there will be a Los Angeles  Black Book Expo on August 17th 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center located at 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Anegeles CA, 90015. This event will also be from 12PM-6PM PST. For more information on this event for any authors who are interested in attending to expand their readership and gain more exposure, Click Here!


In October, there will be the National Black Book Festival in Houston Texas from October 24th-26th. It is the 6th anniversary of this great event and also something authors do not want to miss. For more information on the National Black Book Festival for any authors interested in attending, Click Here!


That is all for now. Please, if there are any events that I have not mention that anyone feels would be beneficial, comment below and I will add that event as well. I hope to see some of my fellow authors at some (if not all) of these events. Have a wonderful day everyone!

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Video Blog- On the Couch Interview with Philly Hip-Hop Artist Prime City Rap Star

April 2, 2013 Philly Support Philly  No comments

Prime City Rap Star Interview with The Author YaniOn Easter, I had the privilege of doing an On the Couch Interview with Philly native and Hip-Hop artist, Prime City Rap Star. But City is far more than just your average underground rapper from Philly. This talented lyricist is also a graphic designer, photographer, videographer, and has other talents he intends to showcase in the near future. Hailing from the North Philly section of Philly (Blumberg Projects, my first home) City has sold thousands of copies of his mixtape, King of Pressure which can be downloaded on datpiff.com, has performed at numerous venues in and around Philly, markets heavy with the "powerful, privilege and influential" Elite Klass and is definitely someone who should not be slept on. City has also recently launched his own website http://www.ifuxwitprimecity.com/ where you can learn more about his music, his shows and other information pertaining to his skills.

Watch the On the Couch Interview which includes his rap video "DC 2 Intro" and his song "The Moment" from the King of Pressure mixtape. City talks in depth about his skills in and out of the studio, the sit-com that he worked on "Family Business" which will hopefully be airing during the summer on Comcast, (Stayed tuned for more information on that) and we both voiced our opinions on the over flow of rappers trying to hit the scene and gave our take on Beyonce's track "Bow Down" which I wholeheartedly will say is TRASH without a shadow of a doubt. But that's just me.

Check out his On the Couch Interview here

 

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