A Thug’s Redemption 2: Jamal’s Return tagged posts
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!
I 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!Read More
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. Read More
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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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!!Read More