Friday, March 27, 2015


It's a Fabulous Friday and the last Friday in our March Madness blog event. We've had several great authors lined up this month, giving away books, gift cards, the right to name the next character in their book, and a guest appearance in their books. We've also had several winners and repeat winners, and it's been an enjoyable time.

Today, I would like to share with you an excerpt from BeJeweled: What A Tangled Web We Weave. This book was originally supposed to come out in the fall, but due to life it had to be placed on hold. It's still coming this spring and I just want to share with you, what you can expect...


“So Mami, a little birdie told me you’re expecting un bebé,” Gabriela announced in a somewhat loud voice.

“Shhh,” Nikki warned, putting a finger to her lips and frowning at her cousin.

“What’s the secret? Doesn’t Aunt Gianna know?” Sofia asked.

“Yes, she knows, but her husband doesn’t,” Yamile explained, crossing her arms in front of her and turning her lips down in disapproval.

“What?” Valentina hollered out.

“Shh, keep your voices down,” Sofia warned. “So, chica what’s going on?” she asked, wanting to get to the bottom of it.

“Sofia, you don’t wanna know,” Yamile said, shaking her head and sighing deeply.

“Look, I haven’t told my husband yet, because there’s some things I have to work through. It’s complicated,” Nikki replied in a soft voice. These women, she could drop her guard with; these women, she didn’t have to be strong with. They knew the frightened little girl she had been, the defiant teenager she grew to, and the glowing young woman she had become in her earlier years. But she didn’t want to share the complications surrounding her pregnancy. They weren’t aware of the troubles her marriage endured now, and she had extracted a promise from Yamile that she would never tell anyone. But they knew her heart.

Todo va estar bien, mi amor,” Sofia declared, clucking her tongue and patting Nikki on the back.

“How can you say it’s going to be okay when she hasn’t told her husband?” Valentina asked with outrage.

“Because, chica, she has to work this out the best way she knows how. It’s not for us to tell her,” Sofia argued back at her older sister.

“Are you thinking of leaving him or something?” Valentina asked.

“No! I wouldn’t leave my husband; I love him too much,” Nikki expressed.

They had gathered outside on the back deck of her mother’s home and kept looking at the door to make sure no one had approached.

“Then why not tell him about the bebé?” Valentina asked.

“Valentina, leave well enough alone. She obviously doesn’t want to discuss it,” Gabriela said, waving her sister off.

Suddenly, as if a light bulb went off in her head, Valentina sucked in a deep breath and placed her hand to her chest. “It’s not his baby, is it?”

No one had to say another word, the way Nikki and Yamile’s eyes suddenly grew large told the whole story.

“Oh, Mami, what are you going to do?” Sofia asked.

“Does Aunt Gianna know?” Valentina continued to drill. “This is going to be the death of her!” she exclaimed.

“No, it’s not, because you won’t say a word, and neither will anyone out here! If Nikki decides to tell anyone, it will be her decision, and not ours. Is that understood?” Yamile asked with a ferocity reserved for protecting her older sister.

“But she took vows to that man!” Valentina declared.

“And he took vows to her, too! You have no idea what she’s been going through in her marriage, so don’t you dare judge her. If you want to pretend like your life is perfect, then fine. But don’t dare take my sister through anything more than she already has been through! You haven’t been home in years, and now you come back and want to pass judgment on someone? How dare you!” Yamile was huffing and puffing with anger.

“Stop, both of you! It’s Christmas, and this isn’t how we’re going to spend this day. We’re familia and we support familia. Now, I don’t know what you’ve been through, or the circumstances around this bebé, but I know that I love you, and if you need me, I’m here. I believe whatever you and Carlos are going through, you’ll work it out. And Yamile, you’re right, it’s not for us to pass judgment. But at some point, Nekana, you have to be truthful with that man. You cannot deceive him or raise the bebé in deceit. I really wish you the best, and I am so sorry that the situation is what it is. But we’re going to celebrate today. And you two are going to hug and make up, because you love one another, is that understood?” Gabriela stood between Valentina and Yamile trying to regain control of the situation before they drew attention to themselves.

They both stood with arms crossed and an attitude of contempt towards one another. “I mean, now!” Gabriela declared.

Valentina made the first move towards her cousin, and they exchanged apologies and hugs.

“By the way, we never said it wasn’t his bebé; we’re just unsure if it is or not.”

“Mi Dios!” Valentina exclaimed.

“We’re going to love you and your little one regardless,” Sophia stated with a loving smile on her face as she stretched forth her hand to rub Nikki’s belly.

“Look, we have to get back in, because everyone’s going to be looking for us soon,” Gabriela stated. “And we’re going back in with peace and love, ladies.”

Thank you for joining me today. If you haven't had a chance to read the first book in The House of BeJeweled series, BeJeweled: The Flight of an Angel, before this second book drops, I would love to share a copy with you.

Simply leave a comment in the comments section, and we'll see if you're chosen to win a copy. You have to catch up on book 1, to follow book 2 when it releases. Best wishes!

Check out my books here: CHELLE RAMSEY and here: C. MICHELLE RAMSEY

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Thursday, March 26, 2015


Authors are quite often asked where their ideas for stories are generated from. Well our author friend, Dalia Florea is here to share her unique perspective. She's telling us a little about her soon to be released novel, Teardrops Know My Name. She's also giving some lucky commenter a gift card today.

Where do ideas come from…

If you ask any author what question they are asked most, a majority would say, “where do you get your ideas?”  The answer, of course, varies. But one thing most of us have in common is that we don’t have to look hard for ideas, they’re usually right in front of us. Our job, then, would be to develop those ideas into a story worth reading.

Ideas come from asking questions, daydreaming, walking, running, etc. – basically, they come from engaging in life.  Ideas may come when we least expect them.  There are no real “fresh” ideas, however, with whatever idea we dream up, it’s important for the story to be “fresh” around that particular idea.  One of the biggest things I’ve learned and still practice today is always having either a notebook and pen or some sort of device handy to make note of the ideas as they come. I even keep a pen and pad beside my bed in the event an idea wakes me up out of my sleep. It really does happen.

Most prevalent for me, ideas come from people watching.  In my debut novel, Mirrored, one of the characters is a homeless man sitting on a bench.  He became a part of the backdrop of the story because, working in a metropolitan area, I often see homeless people sitting on park benches as I walk by to catch my commuter bus home.  Many ideas just sort of pop into my head as I’m blow-drying my hair. Yes, that’s right -- sometimes there is a whirlwind of ideas seeping through as that hot air is flowing through my tresses.

The amazing part of writing fiction is the process of imagining.  The hardest part is to get those ideas on paper and create characters to execute them into something interesting and believable.

Teardrops Know My Name - Coming 3/27! Now available for Pre-order! 
Someone is stalking, fashion photographer, Linda McNair and turning her world upside down.  She has no idea who it could be.  Is it an old boyfriend? Someone in the industry? A complete stranger? The only thing Linda knows for sure is her stalker has to be stopped.  Her life may depend on it.

When Linda meets Detective Sean Gregory, one of New York’s finest in more ways than one, stories unravel, revealing secrets, lies and betrayal that nearly destroy her, breaking her heart into a million tiny pieces.

Linda tries to resist Sean’s affection, but she can’t help wondering if he’s the right man who can put the shattered pieces of her heart back to together.

Dalia grew up in Queens, New York and now makes her home in Northern Virginia outside of Washington, D.C.  Her debut Mirrored reached the Top 100 Bestseller’s list in Women’s Detective Fiction.  She is a voracious reader who enjoys writing fiction stories with a mixture of mystery, suspense, and romance.  When she isn’t crafting suspense romance, she enjoys reading, attending live music concerts, and visiting wineries. 


On Twitter @DaliaFlorea

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Today's March Madness post brings an inspirational voice. In this journey of life, we often question ourselves, our purpose, and even God's will for our lives.

Inez Reilly brings us her perspective on God's plan, His desires, and His heart. No matter where you are on your journey, or what you may be going through today, I'm sure that her letter will touch your hearts. She's also giving away a copy of her book, Beholden. Read on...

My beloved,

You are always on My mind. There has never been a moment in, and before, your life that you have not been the apple of My eye. I know every nuance of your being, yet I want you to share so much more of yourself…freely. I am so in tuned with you that with every breath I know what you want, need and desire. I contemplate your every move and I have made provisions for you. Can you even fathom that I have known you in a way that allows Me to know your thoughts and prepare answers for them, in advance? I have so many surprises stored up for you…I know you love surprises. Yes, I am always thinking about you. I know where and how you will position yourself when things get tough and I wait for you there. My arms are always open and my heart is always ready to listen. You are safe with me. You can be your truest self and never fear rejection. I won’t leave you. I will not abandon you, in any way. I will not be absent or distant or distracted. I will look you in the eyes, lean in and hear what it is that you need and give it to you. I know that you are tempted to doubt the intensity and sincerity of my love, yet I won’t budge. There is no shadow of turning, with me. I chose you with full knowledge of your faults, your fears, your insecurities, your distractedness, your forgetfulness and knowing that you could never love me in the same way. I love you with your tainted past and your impure thoughts. I love you when you are absent from me and when our relationship doesn’t make it onto your priority list for the day. I love you even when you do not feel like I do. I love you knowing that you compare me to others. I love you knowing that you put more stock in what the adversary says to you than I do…when you don’t trust me. I love you knowing that you are afraid, even when I have never given you a reason to fear me. I love you when you say you want more of me, yet you push me away when I come close. I want you to fully know, as you are known, the length and breadth and width of my intimate passion for you and all that pertains to you. I want you to know that you can trust my love, lean into it and abandon all thoughts of your past lovers. Open your arms and let me embrace you. Open your mouth and let me breathe for you. Open your heart and let me show you how to accept all that I have for you. I love you so much that I watch you sleep. I count your breaths and every flutter of your eyes. I examine every surface area of your being. I am an expert on you. I know you in a space and time that has yet to be revealed to you. I do that because I want to be prepared for any and every thing, so that I can be what you need. I am enough for you, but I know that you need other people, too. I am ok with that. I love you…the part of you that has no name; the part of you that is yet to be known. You don’t have to be ashamed of who you are, what you have done or what you think and say. I love the smile that no one sees. I gently kiss away those tears that are hidden from view. I hold your aching heart, in the palm of My hand, so you do not fully feel the weight of all the pain. I am sweeping the ground on which you walk to remove excess debris that is intended to derail you. I love you. I take away the death grip of grief and buffer you from its intensity. I do not take it all away because I want you to trust Me enough to come to Me with it – hand it over and receive My peace that is prepared just for you. I love you. I got you in a way that you have not fully experienced, yet. However, I am patient – My love compels Me to wait.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Today's March Madness post comes from one of my favorite romance authors...Ms. Phyllis Bourne. Preparing to release her latest novel, Moonlight Kisses, Ms. Phyllis is dropping in to help celebrate my birth month by giving away a $5 Starbucks card to a lucky winner. So start dropping your comments if you want to feed that java addiction you have. Read on...

Come on, we’ve all thought it, ‘wouldn’t life would be a lot easier if everyone was just like me’.


That’s exactly what Espresso Cosmetics CEO Cole Sinclair finds in rival cosmetics company owner Sage Matthews in my upcoming Kimani romance MOONLIGHT KISSES. Only nothing is easy as Sage proves to be every bit as cocky, stubborn and competitive as him.


I got a big kick out of writing the interaction between Cole and Sage as their sexy - and hilarious - game of one-upmanship progresses to grudging respect, friendship and finally love.


To celebrate Chelle’s birthday month as well as the release of MOONLIGHT KISSES, book two of the Espresso Empire series, I’m giving away a $5 Starbucks card to a single winner. (The birthday girl will select the winner from commenters!)


MOONLIGHT KISSES is available in paperback on April 21st and in e-book format May 1st.
A native of Chicago’s Southside, Phyllis Bourne began her writing career as a crime reporter for the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. After years of chasing cops and criminals, she left reporting to write about life’s sweeter side.

Nowadays her stories are filled with heart-stopping heroes and happy endings. Phyllis is a 2001 and 2005 RWA Golden Heart finalist. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found at a make-up counter feeding her lipstick addiction. Phyllis currently resides in middle-Tennessee.

Find out what she's up to and stay abreast of her current writings:
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Monday, March 23, 2015


We're going into the final stretch of March Madness. We have 7 days of giving left for our readers and we're excited about that. The author I've teamed up with today is Lisa Watson, and she's showcasing her novel, Love By Design.

Ms. Norma Jean Anderson, matchmaking guru, is back in this third book of the Match Broker series. Let's see what Lisa has in store for us today, as well as the two, yes I said two gifts that she's giving away. Read on!

Matchmaking guru, Norma Jean Anderson, aka The Love Broker is back again! This time, she sets her sights on her nephew, Logan. Ms. Jeannie’s got her work cut out for her in Book 3 in The Match Broker Series, Love By Design, because sometimes, old hurts run deep!

I love writing about feisty Norma Jean and her wonderful family. I’m sure we all know someone in our lives that just won’t take NO for an answer when it comes to trying to set their loved ones up—by any means necessary! Everyone thinks Norma Jean’s matchmaking schemes end in disaster…but do they really??


He Lost Her Once…Is There a Second Chance?

Transforming a vision for Belle Cove Resorts into reality is a breakout move that could take Dakota Carson's image specialist company to the next level. But it means teaming up with the man who broke her heart. Soon enough, Dakota's overwhelming desire for the gorgeous entrepreneur reawakens. But giving in to passion could cost her way too much. 

Years ago, Logan Montague walked away from everything, including the woman he loved. Now CEO of his family's international resort chain, he won't risk losing Dakota another time. With his matchmaking aunt's blessing, he and Dakota are united in business—and pleasure. And so Logan embarks on his scheme of seduction, sweeping Dakota away to an exotic Jamaican hideaway. With both their professional and personal futures on the line, can they learn to trust and love each other…again?

To celebrate Chelle Ramsey’s Birthday Month, and March Madness 2015, I’m giving away one free copy of The Match Broker Series book 3, Love By Design, and a $5 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner!

If you missed the first time Lisa was here you can: READ AN EXCERPT

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