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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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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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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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Interview With Ronny Press on FNRadio.com

March 15, 2013 A Thug's Redemption  No comments


Hello readers! I've been a bit under the weather lately and I even lost my voice. If you guys could hear me talk, it's terrible. Well... actually you are about to hear me talk LOL! I pre-scheduled a radio interview with Ronny Press on thefnradio.com. With the stress surrounding my grandmother's death along with a cold that I was falling prey too, it was just too much strain on my voice. But I was not going to back out of that interview. Tina Turner got on stage and did one of her best performances early in her career with a hoarse voice and sang the hell out of Fool in Love. So if she could do it, I definitely was not going to wimp out. I actually pretty good though I am a little upset with the sound quality on my mic. I swear I was right up on it. And speaking loudly. But for some reason, I was recorded very low. Nevertheless, I wanted to share my first radio interview with you all. I was unable to edit it so the entire radio segment is on this recording, including the second interview with an up and coming singer also from Philly as well as some hot music that was played. I hope you enjoy! Peace!

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*In the Studio* Interview with Philly Hip-Hop Artist Mel-Love

March 11, 2013 IntroductionRespect  No comments

Mel Love Philly Hip-Hop Rap Artist "The Silencer" mixtape

Hello everyone. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog. Recently, I have been doing a strand of interviews with various artists around Philly and my latest was with a lyrical mad man by the name of Mel Love. I personally think he has serious flow game and he demonstrated his freestyle and lyrical ability at the end of our interview which you will be able to check out on here as well as on my YouTube Channel. Mel spoke candidly on how he began rapping as well as who he would like to collaborate with if given the opportunity and gave his personal views on hip-hop and the state of the popular music genre right now. Mel Love has worked with Meek Mill previously and appeared on quite a few mix tapes. You can get "The Silencer" on Datpiff.com I personally rated it 5 stars and can't wait to see what else this amazing artist will be bringing to the table in the near future. Follow Mel Love on twitter @mel_love215 as well as on Instagram @mellove215. Do NOT sleep on this artist!

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Book Signing at Horizon Books in The Gallery-SUCCESS!

February 9, 2013 A Thug's RedemptionPhilly Support Philly  No comments

Young Black Female Urban Fiction Author, Philly Native, Urban Literature, A Thug's Redemption, Anitbeet Productions, Yani, The Author Yani

Hello readers! Recently, I had a book signing at Horizon Books in The Gallery Market East in Center City Philadelphia and I must say it was a FREAKING SUCCESS! I actually almost sold out of all of the copies that I brought with me. I will say though I normally have a flamboyant and live personality, I am not used to approaching strangers even to thell them I am a new author from Philly with a hot new novel. But after a few tips from the young lady who works at the store, I slowly but surely opened up and began approaching people as they passed by and the sales began rolling in. I even had a few of my friends from middle school, Jessica Isom, who is a RN at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Shawn Pendleton, (who I used to have a MAJOR crush on in high-school (shhhhh) stop by to show support. I must say, I was extremely amazed with how the book signing turned out and cannot wait for the next one. Here are a few pictures below of some of the people who purchased A Thug's  Redemption and showed that Philly can indeed support Philly. I seriously cannot wait to do another book signing in the Gallery or anywhere else. Thanks so much for your support! Peace!


Mecca's Unisex Salon and Barber shop's own Shawn "Shizz" Pendleton

A Thug's Redemption Philly Support Philly Urban Fiction Street Lit Black Female Author

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“How to” Guide to Self-Publish or join Anitbeet Productions

December 27, 2012 A Thug's RedemptionIntroduction  No comments

Hello everyone! Since I self-published my debut novel, A Thug's Redemption, a lot of people have come to me with questions; I have been asked "How do you write a book?"; "How do you get published?"; "How do you become self-published?" For those who are curious, you are in luck because this blog entry will have as much information as possible and if there was anything left unanswered, send an email to info@anitbeetproductions.net and I will respond at my earliest convenience.

To answer the first question, "How do you write a book?"; with me it really was quite simple. I know some people go to the "drawing board" and they write an outline for the plot of the story, a description of the characters as well as who and how they want them to be in the story, and they proceed from there. For me personally, I simple just start to write. My whole philosophy behind writing a great novel is, if you put too much thought into it, it will inhibit you. It will block your creativity and leave you stuck. This may cause confusion, frustration and ultimately, you may even give up. Simply sit down and start writing. If you have an idea of a great story that you feel as though needs to be told, sit down, close your eyes and visualize the story as if it is a movie and then write down what you see. If it helps, get a tape recorder and speak out loud in regards to what you want your story to be about or how you want it to go and then play it back to help your creative juices flow.

When I started writing A Thug's Redemption, I was 14 years old (about to turn 15). I was familiar with writing stories before but this time was different. I could see my book as though it were a movie happening before my very eyes and I would write down what I saw. I tried to be as descriptive as possible because I want my readers to feel as though they are watching a movie with every word they read. I want them to be able to see the story unfold with every page they turn. (So far so good!) But now it is different for me. When people ask me, "How did you write your book?" my answer is, "I get flashes". That may sound weird but let me explain what I mean. I recently finished writing the sequel to A Thug's Redemption. I knew back in 2005 that there was going to be a sequel, I just needed to see it. I don't like to force my writing no matter how much my readers yearn for more. It has to come naturally because if it is forced, it will be trash. I was sitting on the train on my way to work one day when I got this unbelievable "flash". I could see the first part of my book so clearly. The flash was so strong, I literally had to close my eyes so I did not lose what I was seeing. As soon as I got to work, I immediately began writing down what I saw as vividly as possible and it was on from there.

Another question I am asked frequently is: "How do you become self-published?" This is a biggie because for a while, I had been asking this question. I searched Google, Ask.com, Yahoo and practically every article that came up was just a teensy bit of information to draw you in and then they either wanted you to sign up for something that came with a monthly fee, or they wanted you to buy the information at a ridiculous price. Knowledge should never come at a price. I used to work with a young lady who told me that she self-published her first novel. I asked her the same question that is asked to me; "How?" She explained it quite simply. The first thing you need to do of course is write the book. You then, of course, need to edit it or have someone you can trust edit the manuscript for you. The next thing you want to do is get a copyright by visiting Copyright Associates It's VERY important that you copyright your work before you go shopping it around to publishing companies because thievery is at an all time HIGH! Protect yourself at ALL TIMES! Once you obtain your copyright, you then want to get an ISBN number for your manuscript by visiting ISBN.org You can also obtain a bar-code from that same website that will allow you to attach a price to your manuscript. Now you are almost there!!

The next part is finding a printing company which you can shop around for on-line. Be sure when you are pricing, you make sure you aren't spending too much money on printing that keeps you from profiting from book sales. After that, you need a cover design, and a website as well as a marketing plan, publicity, press releases, trolling for reviews and interviews, book signings, getting bookstores to put your novel on their shelves and that's when the really hard work begins.

Sounds like a lot, doesn't it? Yes, it is. It's very hard work and you must be dedicated and not give up no matter how many doors close in your face, you must remain resilient and persistent. Believe in your work and your talent, otherwise no one else will.

For those who are interested in working with Anitbeet Productions and having my publishing company get your work out while helping you accomplish your dreams, you can submit your manuscript to info@anitbeetproductions.net. Even if your manuscript is not complete, you can still submit it. If you are in search of an editor, writing coach, PR Services or cover designer and website developer, send your inquiry to info@anitbeetproductions.net and a response will be given to you at our earliest convenience. I look forward to working with other authors and will be branching out to other areas as well. (Stay tuned)

In closing, if you have questions that weren't answered in my post, send me an email and I will be happy to assist you anyway that I can. If I personally don't have what you are looking for, I definitely can point you in another direction to help you explore your options. Thanks for reading! PEACE!

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