FANTASY Is Dedicated To You, The Reader

00curvyframeMy book FANTASY is dedicated to you, the reader.  The dedication reads:

“This book is dedicated to every woman who has ever felt self-conscious about her size.  Outer beauty comes in all sizes, shapes, heights, ages, and colors.  And inner beauty will always shine through, no matter what the packaging.”

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Maybe it wasn’t your size that gave you concern, but breathes there a woman who has never felt insecure because of her shape?  Or her height?  Or her age?  Or her color?

The heroines in my books are diverse in appearance.  Two of my leading ladies have been plus size.  One heroine was extremely petite.  Another was extremely tall.  One of my plus-size ladies is also a grandmother.

I have purposely made the heroines in my books physically diverse because I believe beauty can’t be defined by any arbitrary “standard.”  And inner beauty will always shine through.

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An Excerpt from FANTASY!

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Excerpt from FANTASY:

Izzy thoughtfully watched them leave, elbow on the table, chin propped in her hand. “I wonder how much time I’d get for slapping the taste out her mouth?” Izzy asked hypothetically.

Sameerah almost choked on her champagne. “Don’t even think about it, cuz. She ain’t worth it.”

“Huh!” Izzy snorted. “Bet I’d get out of jail before she’d get out of the hospital.”

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FANTASY – A Plus Size Heroine with Spice!

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My latest eBook, FANTASY was my fifth novel.  By that point I had received quite a bit of reader feedback via letters and emails, and in person at book signings, as to the things readers wanted to see.

FANTASY addressed the three reader “wish list” items I heard most frequently:

1. The heroine is a beautiful PLUS SIZE woman.

This was the number one request.  Many readers wanted to see a full-figured woman as the heroine in a romance novel.  FANTASY has the beautiful, confident, and talented plus size Sameerah.  Although queen sized, Sameerah takes good care of herself and is an advocate of nutritious eating and exercise.  Sameerah’s firm hour-glass figure is admired by numerous gentlemen aboard the FANTASY cruise ship, none more so than the hero, Tony, who tells her, “Baby, I love it!”

[BTW my short novel, ALL THE WAY HOME, also features a plus size heroine—who is a grandmother.]

 

2. FANTASY contains the HOTTEST love scene I have ever written.

Some readers wanted to see more spice in my books, and with FANTASY I let myself go.   In each successive book my love scenes have gotten spicier and spicier.  But FANTASY contains the most detailed and graphic love scene I have ever written.  In fact, I do NOT recommend FANTASY for anyone under eighteen.

3. Readers wanted to see a main character who did NOT have it made financially.

As my readers know, my books center around people in the media: singers, actors, comedians, TV personalities and more.  If you are in the media and are successful, odds are you, as Darryl diplomatically puts it in ALL FOR LOVE, “have a few bucks.”

The lovely Sameerah in FANTASY is a media triple threat: a singer, pianist, and song writer.  But Sameerah was orphaned as a teenager, and has since been on her own, struggling to have her talents discovered.   She has been supporting herself by back ground singing, and by spotty royalties from TV and radio jingles.  She doesn’t even have a car, and can’t afford cable TV.  The FANTASY cruise presents her with her first real opportunity to have her talents acknowledged.   Little does she know the cruise will offer her even more—her first real opportunity for love.

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FANTASY Now Available for Kindle and Nook!

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My novel FANTASY is now available for Kindle and Nook on Amazon.com and BN.com (Barnes & Noble.)  The paperback edition is rated “five stars” on both websites.  This link will take you to the Amazon page. I will soon be having a FANTASY give away contest.  Stay tuned for details! http://www.amazon.com/Fantasy-Raynetta-Manees-ebook/dp/B00LJLIZE2/

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Romance Novel FANTASY – Digital Edition To Be Released Next Week!

TA-DA! The digital edition of my five-star romance novel FANTASY will be released next week! Here’s the sexy cover. Many thanks to my readers who have inquired about this book. God bless you–I appreciate your patience.

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Jet Magazine Going To Digital Only Format

0JET MAG FINALI just found out that Jet magazine will no longer publish in print.  They are going to digital format only.  I’m so happy I was able to pick up a copy of their final print issue.  It was the last one at the store, and the store owner told me I was lucky, because they had been selling like mad!  I can never remember a time when there wasn’t a Jet magazine, and it’s no wonder—I just read that the magazine started in the year I was born!

I remember reading Jet as a child and as a young woman, back when it was one of the pitifully few places that reported information of major interest to the Black community.

I got scared when I saw the legend “Final Printed Issue” on the cover.  I thought at first they were going out of print altogether, i.e. out of business.  I was so relieved to see that they will continue to publish, but just in digital format.

As an author who is multi-published in both print and digital formats, I can understand this move by Jet.  I had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the digital world, both as an author and as a reader, but now I’m so happy I was!  I love my Kindle and go nowhere without it.  For those who may not know, magazines and newspapers can be downloaded to a Kindle (or Nook, if that is your reader drug of choice) as well as books.  You can also download personal documents as well, but I digress.

I’m looking forward to reading Jet digitally, and I thank them for being there for the Black community long before (virtually) anybody else was.

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My Interview Comments on “FOLLOW YOUR HEART”

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The previous post mentions my interview on the RomanceInColor.com website.  Here is an excerpt from that interview that covers my comments on the novel that won their Award of Excellence, FOLLOW YOUR HEART:

“[Interviewer]: FOLLOW YOUR HEART received an Award of Excellent from Romance in Color. Why is FOLLOW YOUR HEART so special?” 

[My reply:] “FOLLOW YOUR HEART is special because it is a Christian romance that takes place in the real world. I didn’t want to write a Christian romance where everything was all sweetness and light and everyone in it followed a Christian lifestyle. That’s not the way the world is. I wanted my book to show Christian people living in a real world, and having to deal with all the challenges and temptations that entails. I think one of the biggest challenges for anyone who wants to live a Christian lifestyle is all the temptation around them to live otherwise. I think the book very definitely covers the ground of how difficult it is to stick to your beliefs in the face of so very much that is trying to steer you in a different direction. 

 “Although my main characters are Christians, many of the other characters in the book are most definitely not. The book therefore contains some mild profanity, sexual scenes, and some very un-Christian behavior by some of the characters. FOLLOW YOUR HEART has two villains, and they are the most evil and vicious characters in any of my books. 

 “There is also a major rather twist about two-thirds of the way into the book and I really heard from a lot of people about that. Most of the response was along the lines of “I didn’t see that coming and I really enjoyed it.” I do, however, remember a letter from one reader who told me I should be ashamed of myself and that she put the book down and absolutely refused to read further after the point of the “twist.” This was a shame, because had she read into the next chapter she would have found out things were not as they had at first appeared. 

“The Black Church has been and still is an important part of the lives of a host of black folks. Many readers said they could identify with that aspect of the book, down to the paper funeral home fan on a stick. 

“ Many critics and readers have called the beauty shop scene in FOLLOW YOUR HEART “a classic.” 

“I have also had any number of readers tell me that they didn’t expect the book to be “good” because the hero is a minister, and that they were amazed to find they couldn’t put the book down. As one reader put it, “It’s a marvelous romance from a Christian perspective, and it proves that Christian romances do not have to be dull, boring and so ‘other worldly’ nobody would ever believe it!” 

“Several readers who told me they were not Christians said that they enjoyed the book, too. 

 “But the way FOLLOW YOUR HEART is most special to me is that it is dedicated to my mother, who was the greatest example of a Christian woman I have ever known. The heroine’s mother in the book is based on my Mama, Lebertis Knight Manees Wright.”

 

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