Tuesday, 23 August 2016

How I got my book to #1 on the Amazon #Bestseller list

Midwife to Destiny, the first book in the Destiny African Romance Series was released on February 21, 2014 by Decadent Publishing. During that time I took the book on blog tours and used social media as a marketing tool. The most important thing I did was to take successful authors’ advice and wrote more books. Now there are three in the series and a fourth one (Destiny Awakened) coming out this year.

An author’s most pressing question is how to get their book in front of the masses so that they can decide if they want to buy it or not. For me that answer came in the form of BookBub.
I was so happy when BookBub approved Midwife to Destiny. Why? Because as book promoters they have an extensive reach. I doubt that there’s anyone who has ever put their book on sale and listed with BookBub not seen a rise in their Amazon ranking.

On August 18th Midwife to Destiny was featured with BookBub as being on sale for 99 cents under African American Interest. It didn’t take long for my Amazon ranking got start heading toward the lower numbers. Can we say excitement? The next day this is what I saw on Amazon:

People chose to buy Midwife to Destiny which, drove it up the ranks. I think that's because my book is:
1. Well edited (Thanks Zee and Decadent Publishing)
2. Has a fabulous cover (Thanks Tibbs Design)
3. Is good  (Yes I do say so myself, and so do the 17 people who left reviews – Thanks reviewers)

I am now an Amazon Bestseller.

The best part is that people also bought the other two books in the series, which I also put on sale. And my book Love Undercover, by a different publisher, also felt the effects and rose in rank.

I invested $150 with BookBub. Even though I have no idea how many books I sold, but I’m glad that I did it because they definitely know how to deliver.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Book Review: His Loving Caress by Candace Shaw #AARomance

The Blurb
Hearts in harmony? 

Instead of falling apart when her childhood sweetheart chose his music career over marriage, Elle Lauren fled to Paris to study fashion design. Her stunning wedding gowns now give other brides the happily-ever-after she didn't have. Ignoring Braxton Chase's long-distance apologies has been easy. But meeting him once more stirs the deep longings and desires that a decade has not erased.

Braxton walked away from the pressure to marry at a young age, and he's regretted breaking Elle's heart ever since. From the moment he sees her again at his Atlanta jazz club, he knows he wants more than forgiveness—he wants a second chance at the body-and-soul connection that they once had. Can he convince her to trust the sweet, seductive melody of their lost love? 

My Review
I’m still smiling after closing the book yesterday. Such a sweet, romantic story. I’m never sure how I feel about exes getting together, after all they broke up for a reason. I had wanted to dislike Braxton for dumping Lauren at the altar, but I’d already learned to like him from the previous books in the series. Even if I hadn’t read the prior books, I’d still like him. He’s an ambitious, intelligent, musically talented man, but most of all he was remorseful over jilting Lauren all those years ago.

Lauren was a woman of power and class. Instead of pining over her lost love for the past ten years, she made a name for herself in the fashion world. As they say, the heart wants what the heart wants, and Lauren had always loved Braxton, even when he did her wrong by leaving her at the altar.

I liked that the couple had known each other all of their lives and were both genuinely good people. I’ve enjoyed every book in this series and am expecting more.

I give this book five out of five piano shaped chocolate bars.

I purchased this book from Amazon.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Book Review: Touched By Fate (Psy-IV Teams 2) by Jami Gray #Paranormal

The Blurb
Trusting him with her secrets is dangerous. Trusting him with her heart could be fatal.

As a specialized consultant for the Department of Defense, Risia Lacoste understands the bargaining chip of a well-kept secret. When her current assignment threatens to unearth her deeply buried skeletons, she’s forced into a high-stakes game of lies and loyalty where even her ability to foresee the future can’t predict the winner.

Darkness lies under the skin of every man, and PSY-IV Team operative and touch empath, Tag Gunderson, has the demons to prove it. Scarred by betrayal and disillusionment, he’s not Risia’s top pick for a partner in the game, but he’s all she’s got.

As the game draws them deeper into a pit of intrigue and their list of enemies grow, will Risia trust Tag with more than her secrets or will his demons destroy them both? 

My Review
I feel like this is a paranormal that could happen in real life and I love it. Tag is a military man who is Alpha to the core and yet his empathic ability makes him vulnerable. Risia is a strong woman who makes her really good living by manipulating people and digging up information. The fact that she can see the future is cool as hell. Ms. Gray adds a twist to how Risia’s future telling gift works which gave it a deeper dimension.

The story was filled with twists, turns, action and an intense romance that kept me turning the pages. It reads as a stand-alone, but it was nice to meet up with some of the characters from the first book. Believe me when I say that this series is on fire and I can’t wait to read book 3 which features a character that I’ve already fallen in love with because he’s so hot and his moniker is almost as awesome as his paranormal gift.

I give this book five out of five pen (it’s not as obscure as you think, you’ll understand when you read the book) shaped chocolate bars.

I purchased this book form Amazon.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Auditions for narrator for Entwined Destiny

Hi everybody. I have some great news. My publisher is holding auditions for a narrator for my latest book, Entwined Destiny. I'm so excited. If you're interested please head over to this link.


I made it a tad bigger so you couldn't miss it.

The Blurb
Time is ticking away for Adjoa Twum. She has until the end of the year to find a guy, fall in love, and marry. Or else, her father will disinherit her from the family business. Adjoa hasn’t had success with the dating game. No man meets her expectations. Esi, her cousin, suggests a fake relationship with Adjoa’s best friend, Kwame Opoku, to pacify her relentless father.
Kwame thinks Adjoa’s request is ridiculous. Posing as her boyfriend might get tricky, but he can’t say no to those beautiful eyes. Once the falsified relationship begins, things heat up. He discovers deep feelings for her, feelings that might lose Adjoa and her friendship.

Should they take the chance and up it to the next level?

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Prah, Constantine and Baryeh Review: Hitched: Volume One (Imperfect Love 1) by Kendall Ryan

 Welcome back for another round of three reviews of one story. I hope you’ve been spending the summer relaxing with some great books like I have.

I have to warn you that this is not a standalone novel. There are two other volumes to the book. The good news is that they’ve all been released.

Remember to check out Constantine and Baryeh’s reviews to see what they thought about the book.

The Blurb
Marry the girl I’ve had a crush on my whole life? Check.

Inherit a hundred-billion-dollar company? Check.

Produce an heir… Wait, what?

I have ninety days to knock up my brand-new fake wife. There’s only one problem—she hates my guts.

And in the fine print of the contract? The requirement that we produce an heir.

She can’t stand to be in the same room with me. Says she’ll never be in my bed.

But I’ve never backed down from a challenge and I’m not about to start now.

Mark my words—I’ll have her begging for me, and it won’t take ninety days.

On the heels of her smash hit and New York Times bestselling SCREWED series, Kendall Ryan brings you HITCHED, a romantic comedy that delivers heart and heat. A NYC playboy turned business mogul has ninety days to win over the woman he's always desired in order to save his father's company. One tiny problem: She hates his guts. 

My review                                    
When I read in the blurb that the heroine hated the hero’s guts, I was expecting some real fireworks between them. Maybe some banter that kept my mouth hanging open. It turned out that Olivia had her mouth agape for most of the book because some of the things Noah said were outrageous (not always in a bad way).

Noah and Olivia are being forced to get married in order to save their fathers’ company. I can see Olivia’s hesitation in marrying the playboy of New York, he can’t seem to keep it in his pants. There was no mention of a single committed relationship in his past and yet the reader (and Olivia) was expected to believe that because he was going to get married to the woman he’d had a crush on for most of his life, that he’d remain faithful to her alone. I had a hard time wrapping my brain around it. I also found Noah to be shallow compared to Olivia, even though he had a tender side to him that he made sure to show her.

I really enjoyed Olivia’s character, but Noah lacked depth for me. The cliffhanger at the end was expected, but this won’t stop me from picking up the second book in the series.

I give this book three out of four martini glass shaped chocolate bars.

I purchased this book from Amazon.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Review: One of the Guys by Delaney Diamond #AARomance

The Blurb
He makes her feel like a woman…

Mechanic Ronnie Taylor spends most of her time with men. As such, she’s always been tough, but Diego Molina makes her feel the opposite of tough. The big Cuban is brash, bold, and gets under her skin. She finally has to admit the reason he annoys her isn’t because she dislikes him. It’s because she likes him a little too much.

When Diego turns the tables on Ronnie, he uncovers the sensual woman hiding underneath. But past regrets threaten to derail their new relationship. Before they can get to forever, they must trust that they’ve found what they’ve been looking for all along.

My Review
I have read an enjoyed every book in this series. I really liked that Ronnie and Diego had known each other for a year, but even though they’d worked together other on car projects, they knew very little about each other. And yet the attraction always loomed between them until it exploded when they finally got together.

Diego was protective of Ronnie (on occasion a bit overprotective), but it was sweet. I wouldn’t have thought that the backstory of such a perfect man would’ve been so intense, but Ms. Diamond surprised me with it.

I give this book four out of five wrench shaped chocolate bars.

I purchased this book from Amazon.

Book Review: Night Broken by Patricia Briggs #urbanfantasy

The Blurb – Night Broken
An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

My Review
Mercy is a better person than I’ll ever be. After dealing with Adam’s ex-wife, I would have given Mercy permission to stomp the woman into the ground. But Mercy kept her cool. Even when a seemingly indestructible creature was after her. Such an amazing character.\

The love between Mercy and Adam keeps growing. I absolutely adore their romance. I don’t care for the way Ms. Briggs propels me onto the cusp of a heart attack with all the drama. There isn't a book in the series where I don't ask, Will Mercy make it through this one? With Ms. Briggs killing people off that you wouldn’t expect, you never know.

I give this book five out of five volcano shaped chocolate bars.
I purchased this book from Amazon.