Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Conversation with Dama Cargle

           Everyday a new author is introduced to the urban fiction genre and everyday authors, readers and people in general step back and critique these new comers. Thoughts such as who are they, what have they written, and are they any good? Starts to flow through minds and never settle unless these questions are answered. Some believe in sitting back and watching how the presence of these new authors will affect the genre while others take the bold approach and actually say to the author "Who are you?" and that is exactly what My Urban Books did we sat down with the new author Dama Cargle who has the literary world buzzing and asked "Who are you?" check out what she had to say.
My Urban Books: Dama you are a new author so tell us about yourself, who is Dama the author?
Dama Cargle: Dama the author and my personal self is one in the same, I’m focused, passionate and learning about my business and love what I’m doing. There’s nothing else I would rather be doing at this moment. Any and everything I do, I do it with 110% and I think a person will see that when they read my books, or interact with me.
My Urban Books: What does your writing  process consist of?
Dama Cargle: I find inspiration in something or someone. I always pray first before I write one word, turn my music up so load I can’t hear anything that’s going on around me. May have an alcoholic drink to help me get in a zone and let my characters take over.
My Urban Books: You worked on an anthology with authors Shan, YungLit, and Monique Chanae called When it Rain’s it Pours. Which do you find more exciting and harder to write an anthology or full fledge novel?
Dama Cargle: It’s all the same with me. Grab the reader’s attention from the start and don’t let go until the very last word. Only difference is you have to compress the story into fewer words when it comes to a short story. But it all works out the same.
My Urban Books: Tell us about the exact moment you knew you wanted to write, paint a picture for us.
Dama Cargle: I was so tried and sleepy one night and for me my characters don’t come through until I try to go to sleep. Well this night, I don’t know why this part, but the ending of The Finale wouldn’t let me sleep. I made a FB post praying to God stating something along the lines of….. "if you allow these people in my head to stop talking for just a couple hours of sleep I would give them all my attention."This lady in boxed me and told me to never ask God to stop a gift he has been placed upon you. She told me sleep will come but right now be obedient to God, so I got up and fixed me some coffee and let Sereniti’s emotions flow and till this day that is one of the most emotional chapters I have written.
My Urban Books: Are you an eBook or paperback person?
Dama Cargle: Both, I love eBooks for providing a way for upcoming authors to have control over their very own destiny. But my first love would be paperbacks.
My Urban Books: What advice have you received that stuck in your head?
Dama Cargle: Write, write, and write some more. As for me the characters start talking more even when I’m not writing, their talking. I find myself talking to them. I can vividly see them, their mannerism, their smell. Most of the time we argue when it’s time for bed becasue their not ready but I am.
My Urban Books: Tell us about your style of writing, how would you describe it?
Dama Cargle:I would call it sexy suspense LOL. I love to paint a picture of a sexy woman or man then take you on drama suspense ride filled with an unbelievable ending that will leave you craving for more.
My Urban Books: You just released your latest novel Sereniti what would you like for readers to know about this novel?
Dama Cargle: I would like people to know I’m serious about this. I did a lot of research and let my emotions flow with this story. I am Sereniti, as well as many other women. I think Sereniti is relatable for those that have loved a man in the game or his career more than he loves you in return.
My Urban Books: When you’re writing do you read novels?
Dama Cargle:Yes. It doesn’t bother me at all; my storyline is already laid out. I look at it as being homework, plus I like to keep up with what people think are 5 stars reads.
My Urban Books: What scenes do you enjoy writing most?
Dama Cargle: I love writing as a whole but I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy writing the sex scenes. What can I say; I’m a caring, passionate, lovable person.
My Urban Books: Will you write novels outside of the urban fiction genre?
Dama Cargle: Yes. I’m thinking about dipping into Erotica and Mystery. Go figure... LOL.
My Urban Books: What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Dama Cargle:I still consider my upcoming. But I will say this, don’t give up, when times get challenging keep pushing. Trust, when you type that last word you’re going to feel like you have conquered the world. Treat this like a business do your research and research some more not many are willing to give a helping hand sorry but it’s true. As respectful as possible bogard your way in, you’re going to run into some that’s not going to be happy with your hustle, but your entire concern should be making a name for yourself demand respect then the help will come freely because everybody wants to be associated with a winning team.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Conversation With Keisha Ervin

        In the world of writing many has come and many has gone but very few has stayed around, standing the test of time with their pens by their side and a fresh peice of paper clutched in their hand ready to write a novel that will grace book shelves around the world. Writing is an honor and should never be taken lightly, it is a journey of the mind a creative pool authors are swimming in. And Keisha Ervin has swam in that pool and created novels readers can't take their eyes off, so pull up a seat and listen carefully because this is our conversation with Keisha Ervin.

My Urban Books:    You have been writing for some time and have quite a few books under your belt. So tell us what is your goal when you’re writing? Do you aim to entertain? Get your feelings out on paper, what?

Keisha Ervin: Sometimes when I write I get my feelings out on paper but not often. I’m more of a talker when it comes to my feelings. I try to write cautionary tales so that other women won’t have to go through the things I put my characters through or that I or my friends have gone through. I also try to hip my readers on what’s going on out here in the world. Relationships and friendships can get tricky sometimes so I try to touch on those subjects.

My Urban Books:  Have you ever written a scene based on your life? If so, what is the scene about and what book is it in?
Keisha Ervin: Well, Chyna Black is me. That whole entire book is about my life. I always tell people that 75% was real and the other 25% make believe.
My Urban Books: What scene have you written that made you cry?
Keisha Ervin: Lol, none I don’t get emotional when I write my own books. I might read it and be like oooh that was good but that’s about it.
My Urban Books:  You’re novel Torn has taken readers on an emotional roller coaster! Please explain to us what it took for you to write this novel, what ingredients actually made it possible for this story to come to life?

Keisha Ervin: For those out there that don’t know Torn is based on a true story. For the readers who have read Torn, during that time I was the character Mina and my best friend Monsieur was Mo. I was always on the receiving end of hearing about her messed up relationship with her boyfriend who wasn’t treating her right. So I decide one day to write a story about it so that she could read it and see herself. And writing the book was a huge wake up call for her and she left the relationship.
My Urban Books:  What is the craziest thing a fan has ever said to you?
Keisha Ervin:  Nothing comes to mind. My readers and I say readers ‘cause using the word fan doesn’t sit well with me. I’m just regular ole Keisha, lol. But the readers are generally very pleasant and warming.
My Urban Books:  Tell us about some of your other business ventures besides literature, are they your passions or hobbies?

Keisha Ervin: Nothing that I do is a hobby. I have to love it in order to do it or else it won’t work, lol. Outside of building my publication company Color Me Pink Publications I also am a makeup artist and I have my own line of cosmetics that I will be debuting in 2013. I have a fashion blog called Bow Ties and Barrettes where I showcase my love fashion. I want to show women of whatever size that you can be fashionable and not break the bank to do so.  Fashion is a huge part of my life. If you notice fashion is a big part of my books. It’s like the side character, lol. I also will be selling handbags and jewelry in the next month or so.
My Urban Books: Was there ever a time you wanted to give up writing and just walk away from it all? If so what made you stay?
Keisha Ervin: Yes what made me stay around was the readers and knowing that God didn’t have to give me this gift. I could’ve still been a high school drop out on welfare but this blessing of knowing how to tell stories has kept me and my son with a roof over our head and food in our mouths. I could never say forget it and walk away. It would be like spitting in Gods face if I did.
My Urban Books:  With social networks such a Facebook and Twitter readers are now able to get a better look into author’s lives. Do you believe this can do more harm than good for an author?

Keisha Ervin:I’m on Facebook, Twitter  and Pintrest I think that they can be a great deal of help to you if you use it right. I don’t get on those social sites to tell my personal business or start drama. It’s strictly business for me. Those sites are great promotional tools and a great way to stay in touch with your readers. I try to include the readers in on all of my projects.
My Urban Books:  Do you have an unpublished novel that has been sitting in your computer for over a year? If so why haven’t you published it and what is the novel about?
Keisha Ervin: YES, Material Girl 3: Secrets and Betrayals. It is my most highly anticipated book and I am honestly scared to finish it, lol because there is so much anticipation for it. After writing the sequel to my latest novel RECKLESS I will be starting on MG3. I just have to give it my full attention and put my all into to it.
My Urban Books: What about urban fiction would you say is over rated?

Keisha Ervin: The whole fascination with drugs, robbery, pimps and hoes.
My Urban Books: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment to be?
Keisha Ervin: By far my son Kyrese. He is my everything. If I hadn’t have had him I wouldn’t be where am I right now. All of this is because of him.
My Urban Books: What will your next release be? Can you tell us a name and a brief description of the novel?
Keisha Ervin: It will be the sequel to RECKLESS. I have no title for it yet. After that Material Girl 3: Secrets and Betrayals and then To Love and Lipstick.
My Urban Books:  What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Keisha Ervin: To learn as much as you can about the business. Never sign a contract without a lawyer’s approval. Write from the heart and dare to push the envelope. If anybody wants to contact me my email address

Black Butterfly Review by Nika Michelle

It is always a pleasure to read something out of the norm. When I am in search of a read I zone in for something which is original, entertaining and take a left turn from everything else on book shelves. Black Butterfly by Nika Michelle is a read that I find to be different and full of style. The book revolves around the lives of the three Beauvois sisters and the trials and tribulations they undergo together and separately . Although this family is rich I could have gone without the constant name dropping pertaining to name brands and I believe the editing could have been tighter. The beginning of the novel moved a little slow for me and whenever the author drew me in let me go shortly after. But after I continued to read further into the novel Nika automatically drew me in and I could then feel the characters emotions jumping off of the page and having me feel either pain or happiness for the current situation.

                What kept my interest is the fact that none of the women in this novel were similar at all, they all had their own drama, their own views on things and seemed to represent a few of the many insecurities and fears many women have. Nika made us take a look into the life’s of wealthy people and exposed the good and the bad which was a breath of fresh air and shown people do not only judge one another by how they look but also based on the money in their pockets. I enjoyed the ending, it was a shocker and something I did not see coming but was very realistic. When things hit the fan that is when the book was at its best and Nika's writing style truly shined. Nika pulled at my heart strings and made my eyes get big, Black Butterfly is a novel based on sister hood, love, and independence a novel where women takes a look into the mirror and has no choice but to face their fears. 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Kindle Fire HD

There are three new Kindle Fire HD's being added to the market. The first is the Kindle Fire HD 7" tablet for $199.00. The second is the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" for $299.00 and the last is the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G for $499.00. To check out the descriptions of these tablets click on the link.


Friday, September 7, 2012

Renee by Brandie Davis Sneak Peek (Unedited version)

Chapter 1

            Night fall is when New York comes alive and the city is at its best. Billboard and building lights shine so bright you’d never guess the sun was missing. The streets were jammed packed with children of the night who were loud and full of energy ready to party the night away. This is the city that never sleeps and watches everyone who steps foot in its concrete jungle and sucks them in. However, during this summer night, the city was surprisingly quiet and peaceful. Only a handful of people were out and about and cars zoomed by but didn’t make a sound. It was eerie, like the world came to a halt and felt Renee’s rage.

Like a queen, Renee sat on her throne and looked out at all of New York from her terrace. Her Manhattan penthouse supplied her with the view she needed to marvel over what was hers.  Her eyes danced across the sky then made its way down to the very streets she flooded with coke. Renee entered a game labeled “boys only” and took it over with ease. Her rage and emotionless soul made it capable for her to enter a man’s game and conquer it without apology or regret, but tonight it wasn’t about that, tonight the betrayal she felt didn’t come from the streets but from home. 

Her slender fingers wrapped around her pinnacle and cranberry so tight it was bound to shatter. Renee looked into the night and wondered where the one man she gave her heart to was.  Ever since she revealed to Julian three days prior that she aborted their child he cut off all forms of communication with her. He didn’t take her calls, come by, text, or face time her. The way he cut her off you’d think they had no history whatsoever. Renee drunk the last of her Pinnacle and poured herself another glass of vodka minus the cranberry juice and took it to the head. Liquor had always been her best friend through college. The more Julian ignored her, the more anger surged through her and ripped her soul apart. Life wasn’t fair, it was cruel and hurtful and all Renee could ask was why?

            Yes she aborted their child without his knowledge, but what she didn’t understand was why he was throwing such a tantrum. On many occasions Renee had voiced that she didn’t want kids. She wasn’t mother material and knew it. Renee attended meetings with her connect, not teachers. She flooded the streets of New York with the purest coke the state has ever seen and no child deserved to have a callous, queen pin as a mother. Motherhood entailed warmth and selflessness, things Renee didn’t possess. She lost those good qualities a long time ago and in the words of Omarion has an ice box where her heart used to be. So why act like she could be Clair Huxtable when she knew she couldn’t.  Julian knew all of this including the fact that Renee’s a selfish individual who only showed interest in herself. So why be surprised that she had an abortion?

Renee abandoned her glass and started to drink the vodka from the bottle. She thought about how true the saying “it’s lonely at the top” really was. Although she was cruel and insensitive she cared for Julian, he was there for her when the rest of the world walked out and remained loyal to her throughout the years which is why his disappearance left a bitter taste in her mouth. She drunk the last of the vodka and stood up to get a better view of the city. She looked far out into Manhattan until she could see nothing but buildings and darkness. She ran her fingers through her hair like a comb, she was losing her mind, but her pride wouldn’t allow her to break down and feel the pain she was really feeling. She would sleep in an empty bed that night and even though she would never admit or acknowledge it that’s what scared her most. A lone tear threatened to fall from her eyes but she fought against it, no tear had touched her cheeks in ten years and they weren’t about to now. So she stood there frozen in place while her blood ran cold and her nails dug into the railing.

            He’ll be back, was all she thought.