SuperStar Series, “His and Hers” Romances, On Sale!

My newest book, HIS book, “All For Love: The SuperStar,” is the other side of the romance of Darryl and Angela, which began with HER book, “All For Love.”

My writer rep is doing the unusual. I’d never seen “His and Hers” romance novels so I decided I’d break new ground and do it!

I’m so pleased with the five-star ★★★★★ reviews both novels have received! And “SuperStar” is a finalist for an Emma Award!   To celebrate both books will be on sale for $2.99 until the end of March.  Here’s the link to all my books on Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1aCC4Mx

 

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Nina Simone’s “Four Women” Performed By Raynetta Manees

In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth and #BlackHistory this is my performance of #NinaSimone’s classic “#FourWomen,” from my 2012 CD “Singing In The Rayne.”

 

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“All For Love: SuperStar:” Finalist, 2017 Emma Award!

My 2016 book, “All For Love: The SuperStar” is a finalist for the 2017 Emma Award for the Best Contemporary Romance Of The Year!

The Emma—the premier award for black authors of romance—recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas featuring black, African-American, and multicultural protagonists.

I am honored and thrilled!  My deepest thanks to all who nominated “SuperStar!”

Romance Slam Jam (RSJ), the networking organization for black and African American aspiring and published romance authors, has just announced the finalists for the 2017 Emma Awards.

The 2017 winners will be announced at a dress-to-impress awards ceremony on March 25 at the 2017 RSJ Annual Convention in Los Angeles, California.

A full listing of all award categories is on the RSJ 2017 website at https://rsjconvention.com/2017-romance-slam-jam-emma-award-finalists-announced/

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Black History In My Novels Part V “All For Love”

Happy Black History Month!  Although I write fiction I incorporate factual Black History into my books, and throughout this month I will be posting excerpts from my novels that reference Black history.  This is the fifth installment, an excerpt from my classic romance novel ALL FOR LOVE.

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As soon as Mate reached the top of the terrace steps, the orchestra began to play the “Triumphal March” from the opera “Aida” by Giuseppe Verdi.  

This was my amazing Angela’s homage to Black History for our wedding; her backdrop as she walked down the aisle.  In “Aida” the star and central character of the opera is a Nubian princess, and the role was famously sung by opera great, Leontyne Price.

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH – “Famous, Fabulous Black Women”

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Pins about Fabulous, Famous Black Women hand-picked by Raynetta Manees | See more about fantastic black women, past, present, and future.

In honor of BLACK HISTORY MONTH I invite you to visit my Pinterest page “Famous, Fabulous Black Women.”  There you will find much info about famous sisters, past and present.  But you will also find fascinating info on sisters that are, appallingly, not so well known, sisters who made important contributions to Black History and Black culture.

 

https://www.pinterest.com/raynettamanees/fabulous-famous-black-women/

[Originally posted Feb. 7, 2015]

 

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Black History In My Novels Part IV “Fantasy”

Happy Black History Month!  Although I write fiction, I incorporate factual Black History into my books, and throughout this month I will be posting excerpts from my novels that reference Black history.    This is the fourth installment, an excerpt from my classic romance novel FANTASY.

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 This excerpt is truly personal because it is based on an incident that really happened to me.  I am an avid cruiser, and this happened to me as I boarded a cruise ship several years ago:

“Sameerah stopped for a moment to show her ticket to the waiting steward, then continued up the gangplank to the cruise ship.  A fortyish woman in a blue uniform was greeting passengers.

“Hello!” the woman said brightly to a group of women boarding together.

“Good Afternoon!  Welcome aboard the Fantasy!” the woman said to the couple directly in front of Sameerah.

The woman’s eyes shifted in anticipation of warmly welcoming the next passenger.  Then her gaze focused on Sameerah.  The woman looked confused for a moment, then looked right through Sameerah, not saying a word.

The light-hearted holiday mood that was just beginning to build for Sameerah crashed in flames.  The woman’s gaze and silence said more clearly than words, “What are you doing here?”

Oh, no, Sameerah thought, hurt, angry, and indignant, all at the same time.  Do I have to deal with this crap even here?  Well, Missy Anne, I have as much right to be on this ship as anyone.  And I’ll be damned if I let you get away with ignoring me!

Sameerah stepped to her and fixed the woman with her brightest, phoniest smile.  “Hello!  How are you today?” she called to the woman in the most syrupy, artificial, nice-nasty tone she could muster.  The woman really looked at her then, giving Sameerah the uncertain, frightened gaze of an animal trapped in a corner.

Yeah, girlfriend, Sameerah thought with satisfaction.  We both know what time it is.  You know you were deliberately slighting me, and now you know I know you were deliberately slighting me.  As she continued into the ship, Sameerah chuckled to herself as the woman greeted the passengers boarding behind her, but with quite a bit less gushing gaiety than before.

Maybe you’ll think before you pull that crap again, Sameerah thought as she made a mental note to file a complaint about this heifer with the cruise director.

 

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Black History In My Novels Part III “Wishing On A Star”

Happy Black History Month!  Although I write fiction, I incorporate factual Black History into my books, and throughout this month I will be posting excerpts from my novels that reference Black history.    This is the third installment, an excerpt from my classic romance novel WISHING ON A STAR:

“You should talk—Woodrow.”

Would that it was that simple–no pun intended.  At least there was a President named Woodrow.  My name’s not Woodrow, Shay.”

“It’s not?  Well, what is it?”

Woody looked at her self-consciously for a beat before saying softly, “It’s Woodington.”

“It’s what?”

“It’s ‘Woodington’, Shay.”

Shay paused a moment before asking, “Uh…How did you wind up with a name like Woodington?”

He smiled resignedly, “Wait; it gets worse.”  He stood, and drew himself up to his full height, “My full legal name is Woodington James Hollister–the third.  So you see how I got it.  I inherited it.”

Shay blinked, “Good Lord.”

“Woodington was my great-grandmother’s maiden name, and her father was born a slave.  He was one of the first post-slavery Blacks to get an education, and he became a teacher.”  Wood paused a moment, remembering.

“I’m sure you know that during slavery it was illegal for Blacks to learn to read,” he continued.  “Anyone who taught a slave to read was severely punished.  So my ancestor spent his life teaching other Black people how to read.  However, even though slavery had by then technically ended, he was caught teaching—and lost his life because of it.”

Shay looked up at Woody, spellbound by this tale.

“He had no sons.  Understandably, my multi-grandma, his daughter, was proud of him and didn’t want his name to die with him,  so she named my grandfather Woodington.”

“What a sad—and beautiful—story.  It’s a name you should be proud to bear.”

“It’s a mouthful.  When I was a kid, I got teased, and sure got into enough fights because of it.  But when I got old enough to understand…  Yes, I am proud of it.”

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