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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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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
Pre-order ATR 2 $15.00 USD
ATR 1 & 2 $20.00 USD

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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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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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!

Click here to listen!

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A Thug’s Redemption has a new cover!!!

March 2, 2013 A Thug's Redemption  No comments

I recently did a literary consultation call with the fabulous Dawn Michelle Hardy from Dream Relations PR and Literary Consultation company and it was indeed insightful and very informative. For those who are not familiar with who Dawn Michelle Hardy is, she is the former Publicist for Teri Woods, also an author from Philly who is known for her page turning novels, the Dutch Series, True to The Game and many more. Check out the awesome site Here. I urge any author who is looking for some direction in guidance with their journey in being a self-published author to seek out her services. Her consultation calls are on point! Prior to doing the consultation call with Ms. Hardy, I was telling a friend of mine that I was seriously thinking about changing the cover to A Thug's Redemption. When it was first done for me, I was so excited. But after a while, the excitement wore off. It seemed as though something was missing from the cover. It didn't grab me. And if it didn't grab me, it possibly wasn't grabbing others either. Don't get me wrong, I think the young lady who designed the cover for me did a remarkable job. But let's be honest; people DO judge a book by its cover. Ms. Hardy agreed with me and suggested that I give A Thug's Redemption a cover make-over. Add some color to it and make it POP because Urban Fiction novels are all about grabbing a reader with a catching title for the book as well as a spicy and decorative cover. Check out the new cover for A Thug's Redemption below A Thug's Redemption, Urban Fiction, Street Literature, Urban Books, Black Female AuthorI am truly looking forward to the next series of books that are printed with this cover attached. For those who have A Thug's Redemption with the original cover, hold onto it because it is sure to be a collectors item very soon. Thanks for checking out my blog! Peace!

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Hottest Urban Fiction Reviews by Ericka Strafford Reviews A Thug’s Redemption

February 13, 2013 A Thug's RedemptionPhilly Support PhillyRespect  No comments

Hottest Urban Fiction Reviews by Ericka Strafford

The flavorful blog, Hottest Urban Fiction Reviews by Ericka Strafford was kind enough to publish a review for my novel A Thug's Redemption. To read her review in its entirety, Click Here It's always an honor to have someone share their views and enthusiasm about my work as well as help spread the word about this awesome story. Ericka was also kind enough to do an interview with me as well. Read her Author Spotlight on Yani by Clicking Here. Insightful and probing. Her style is indeed refreshing. Thanks so much for the opportunity, Ericka! Peace!

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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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Upcoming Book Signing for A Thug’s Redemption at Horizon Books

January 21, 2013 A Thug's Redemption  No comments

I think this flyer is beyond DOPE! I wanted to spread the word about my book signing a little more effectively than I've done previously with just using word of mouth, Facebook and Twitter. I know I am a visual person and will most times remember something if it is shown to me in a captivating way. I was hoping to achieve that with a flyer promoting my next book signing which is going to be on Friday February 8th 2013 at Horizon Bookstore locate in the Gallery in Center City Philadelphia. This book signing will be from 4p-7p and I am so excited. I tried designing the flyer myself, but for some reason, my creative juices just were not flowing this time. I made an announcement on Twitter that I was looking for a graphic designer that could turn me out a FABULOUS flyer and I was beginning to get flooded with responses. I mean my mentions were on FIRE! I'm a first come first serve kind of person. I began looking through those who were prepared to direct me to their website where I could view their work and was very impressed with 22 Media Lab. They had just the kind of style I was looking for. I immediately responded to them, we exchanged emails and withing two hours, they turned out this fabulous flyer on the left of this post and I cannot wait to get my hands on the posters and flyers so I can begin passing them out on campus and as I commute to and from school to spread the word even further about my book signing. You can't deny the flyer is pure dopeness. So if you are looking for a graphic designer for flyers or even a book cover, hit them up on twitter @22MediaLab and let them know Yani sent you. I promise you will not be disappointed in their work.

So I hope as many people as possible can make out to my book signing. Show up and Show out. It is definitely an Urban Fiction Affair! Philly Support Philly!

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Video Blog; Get to Know the Urban Fiction Author, Yani

January 16, 2013 A Thug's Redemption  No comments

People are always curious about me, how I became a writer, how did I end up writing A Thug's Redemption and what is my book about. So here is a video clip of me answering those questions. Get to know a little bit more about the author behind the new popular page turner, A Thug's Redemptiong. Enjoy!

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