Welcome The President of Building Relationships Around Books–Sharon Blount!

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Hello everyone! Please join me in welcoming Sharon Blount the President of Building Relationships Around Books on Facebook!

Hey Sharon, so glad you can come on here. Let me start off by saying I love your group. It’s straightforward, drama free and very informative. And in this day and age on social media, it’s so nice to see a group like this. The members are friendly and welcoming too.

First, thank you for inviting me here today, it’s an honor. I’m excited to answer any questions you may have for me. I’m happy to hear you enjoy being a part of the group. It’s the best compliment for me to hear. Nobody wants to come into a group with drama and craziness, and I believe you have to be straightforward; otherwise it’s room for misinterpretation and it’s not something I want.

Where did you get the idea for the group?

I was reading so many books and I did not have anyone I could talk to about them. At one point in time, I did have a physical book club but it did not work out for me. Being a new mom at the time, meeting up became difficult. Years later, I still wanted a place where I could talk about books. Characters are like family members, without getting the side eye (lol ). I did some research about online book clubs and took a leap of faith and started Building Relationships Around books in 2009. I am very proud to still be around.

The name of the group, I like it. How did you come up with it?

When I was thinking about book club names, I asked myself what I wanted out of the book club. I wanted friendships that were built around books. That was actually the name I had. I sat on it for a while and it just did not feel right. I was stuck for two weeks thinking, and then one day I had the light bulb moment. How to obtain a friendship you build on? And BAM, there goes the name: Building Relationships Around Books.

I noticed how organized B.R.A.B. is. You have days set aside for special events, member shout outs and books. PLUS, you post other tidbits throughout the day. How do you do it and can you give us an example as to how you came up with these ideas?

Yes we are very organized, that was something we wanted big time. I and MsPrissy, she was the only other admin at the time, sat and brain stormed on ideas.  The main one was authors promotion days. We are a book club not just a place you drop off and advertise. To control things that we set up, we have rules. Nobody wants to come into a group where there’s out of control drama. We added more activities along the way, with the help of my other Admin Denise Stokes.  We can’t function without it being organized, it makes things run smoothly.  We love interaction in the group, we have to keep readers coming back also; let members know about events. Awareness: we want to keep our family members well informed

We are family in the group, and one thing family does, they make you feel special on your Birthday.  That Idea came from me. One day a member felt down on her birthday. I felt that nobody should feel like that on their cake day, and I gave her a shout out. She was so happy and overwhelmed with emotions she called me and told me, I was the only person who cared enough to do that for her.  Ever since then I have done birthdays, you never know what can make someone’s day.

Are you a writer yourself or a reader?

I am avid reader first; it’s nothing like reading a good book to take you on your next adventure. I am currently working on two projects, but with all these great books coming out it’s been hard to finish, but I will.

Do you have any aspirations in becoming an author?

Yes I do. I have always wanted to write my own books. I just want to make sure I am doing it correctly and not put something out there because self publishing makes it easier.

What are the qualifications, if any, in becoming a member of B.R.A.B.?

You have to love to read; you can’t join a book club and not love to read. Come in with a positive attitude, because I don’t do drama, and be prepared to be embrace by other members. We are a family in B.R.A.B., and most importantly, know that your reading list will grow by leaps and bounds. LOL

I notice you focus a lot of romance books written by African Americans. Are other genres welcomed?

Our main focus is AA romance. But as you know there are many forms of romance, and being true readers,  we welcome all genres. I know I don’t personally read romance all the time. Many of our readers come in and tell us about different books by AA authors and NON AA authors

What books are you interested in personally? What’s your favorite genre?

I am romance junkie, it’s so inspiring to me that at the end of the story they work on their issues, and come out stronger, and love harder. Love does conquer all.

Do you have anything special happening over at B.R.A.B. at this moment that you would like to share?

Yes we have some exciting things happening very soon. We have our Readers Retreat Southern Affair coming in October 10th through 11th 2014, in Atlanta. I am so happy about this event, it’s going to be so much fun, and I get to meet some of my favorite authors like, Rochelle Alers, Maureen Smith, Kr Bankston, Keith Thomas Walker, Keith Kareem Williams, AlTonya Washington, M.j. Kane ,Delaney Diamond, Angie Daniels, Sienna Mynx, Deborah Mello, Iris Bolling, and Nikkea Smithers.

This is an event you don’t want to miss. For more information hop on over to Readers Retreats Southern Affair

We will be announcing our Nominations for the Reading Warrior’s Awards. The Winners will be announced on October 26th in the group. We have a big event, all the members come out and have fun.

Any final words, anything you would like our audience to know about you or B.R.A.B. in general?

We, our group of women and men, have truly bonded starting with books. And now we are a family, who share, offers love, support and of course, good recommendations for books to read. I am so proud of B.R.A.B, to see my dreams of having a book club has went beyond my expectations. To something that I am proud I took the time to do; the rewards from it are endless. Thank you so much for having me today; it’s been fun going down memory lane.

I also want to shout out my admins of the group. Msprissy Parker, Denise Stokes, Karen Berry, Kathy Brooks, Debra Harris, Lillian Douglas, Qiana Williams. Thank you Ladies for all that you do.

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Someone is stealing at Lambert, Parker and Bradley, a prestigious advertising agency. Despite some old school and new technologies, major items are disappearing and major money is being lost.

In comes Jeanette Foster. A topnotch financial investigator. She’s busted the mob’s books, but nothing prepared her for this.

But that’s not what makes her assignment interesting. It’s her new working partner, the head of IT. A modern day Tarzan by the name of Adam. And she’s more than willing to be his Jane.

Adam Strathmore is the head of IT. The new outside auditor had him wanting to pound his chest and drag her off to his lair; where he’d keep her naked. He does something he swore he would never do again—get involved with someone at work. But the attraction is instant and he can’t contain himself. In or out of the office.

After a whirlwind sexual encounter that blows both of them off their feet Jeanette wants to put the break on things. Adam is not having it.

Can they solve what looks like ordinary office supply pilfering and get their relationship back on track without both of them getting fired?

SNIPPET SEX TEASER:
“Take off my pants, then lie down on your desk back there.” He jerked his chin in the direction of the back of her office. In front of the large bay window, sat her long mahogany desk.

She did as she was told. She took his belt out of the loops and unzipped his jeans. He took her by the chin and lifted her face up towards him.

“I dreamt about this last night. Having you on the desk making you come over and over. The risk of having someone walk in on us only adds to the pleasure. Of course we will keep the blinds open.”

She felt her face flush and her eyes grew wide. They were only on the third floor. Oh…my…God. What was she allowing this man to do to her?

FULL SEX EXCERPT:

Adam looked up from his cell, and stood in front of  Miss Foster’s office. He pressed his ear to the closed door. He could hear her on the phone, but knocked anyway, hoping that she would let him in and he could set her up while she continued her conversation.

“Come in.”

He opened the door quietly and walked in. The woman hung up the phone and got up, a brilliant smile swept across her face. Her beautiful face.

“Hello, you must be Adam. I’m Jeanette Foster. I’m the new Chief Auditor of Operations.” She stepped from behind her desk and reached out to shake his hand.

“Yeah…Adam….Strathmore,” he barely croaked out. Va-va-va-voom! His crew wasn’t just talking this time. This woman in every sense of the word was drop dead gorgeous.

He took her hand, but kept his eyes focused on her. All of her. From her head to her feet. She was tall, at least five ten. Stacked! It’s been a long time since he’s seen a woman with real curves like this. Now he would admit, his thirty-five years hasn’t exposed him to every woman on the planet. But it seemed every woman he met at the club, or at work, seemed more focused on having a hard, lean, body more than him.

Her skin coloring reminded him of a rich cup of coffee, with just a dollop of creamer. Even with the hair pulled back, the thick black ponytail hung below her shoulder blades. Her face was heart shaped and her large round hazel eyes were dazzling.

Adam found himself moving closer to her, her hand still in his. It was her mouth that was pulling him. Those full, burgundy lips were calling to him.

And damn it, if he didn’t want to answer.

In that brief moment, a vision of him and her on the floor of her office having buck wild sex played in his mind. The thought of them naked together made his groin ache. He never had a reaction this fast to any woman.

“Mr. Strathmore?”

Adam shook his head, when he realized that Miss Foster had been calling him. “Huh?”

“I asked if that’s my new laptop.” She pointed downward.

He looked under his arm. “Oh yeah. And please….call me Adam.” He finally let go of her hand. “I’m here to set things up for you.”

“Great, I want to get started as soon as possible.”

“That’s what I’m here for Ms. Foster.”

“Please, call me Jeanette. Ms. makes me feel old.”

“I don’t think anything could ever make you feel old. You’re an exquisite looking woman.”

Before anyone could react to his words, they both stood there looking at each other, while what sounded like her cell phone rang in the background.

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1. What’s Jeanette’s title?

2. What jungle character did he remind her of?

3. Blinds open or closed during sex?

4. What’s the title of my blog?

 

 

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Brittany loves the cold and adventure, and heads for the Arctic Circle. She admits she’s in a rut and not looking for the same old same old, but she never counted on something like this. Trying out remote control panties with a Finn she met on a nude beach.

Sebastian had been waiting for a chance to get the beauty he’d seen around off and on for the last few, to himself. No longer anxious to approach her, he decides to take control of the situation. Now that he holds the controls, he’s not giving them back.

 

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Ringside- Atlanta Reese is the baby of the family and on a quest to find herself. Only she ends up in New Mexico and whips up a chili recipe that leaves the restaurant owner, Hank Gaines: hot, bothered, and begging for more.

Hank knew he was in trouble the moment he tasted her heat. But he had a secret he could never let Atlanta find out about or he’d lose it all.

Northern Exposure- Brittany loves the cold and adventure. She now finds herself near the Artic Circle trying out remote control panties with a Finn she met on a nude beach.

Sebastian had been waiting for a chance to get the beauty he’d seen around to himself. Now that he holds the controls, he’s not giving them back. 

Masquerade- Sydney as the big sister was always the responsible one, she always did the right thing. Until one night she puts on a disguise and goes after her fantasy man.

Caine knew the moment he held the masked woman in his arms she was the one for him, yet why was it when he held Sydney he never wanted to let her go.

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The Writing Process

Hello everyone. This is just a little something to let other writers (and readers) know what goes on in an author’s life. I was tagged by my good friend and writing buddy, LaVerne Thompson. And I’m going to tag a few writer buddies of mine too.

 1.)    What am I working on?

 At the moment I am working on two stories. They are for my Freaky Geek series. The one story is called Office Play. (See cover below). The story set up is someone at a high power ad agency is stealing office supplies. And these are not just ordinary office supplies. We’re talking things from paper clips, to company cars and servers.

Adam, the office IT Geek/Stud is on the case. But also on the case is the gorgeous Jeanette Foster. An older woman that has caught the eye of Adam and vice versa.

The second story is Lectures In Discipline. It’s another book in the Freaky Geek series. Professor Peter Greenly is seen as the campus absent-minded, geeky professor. But Tina Kelly, a former student and now a college professor too, saw through that and always wanted him. But she’s not sure what she wants sexually from him. Does she just want to have a few moments every other night of role playing, or does she want to go all the way in the BDSM lifestyle? Well, Peter will teach her either way. WINK WINK.

 2.)    How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Well, for Discipline I’m not going hard-core into the BDSM lifestyle. I think I write like some readers that want to experiment in reading this genre. Some are not into the hardcore stuff, but maybe would like the softer side or just dip their toes in the genre so to speak. The story is the same way. The heroine is curious, but doesn’t want to go guerrilla style in the BDSM lifestyle, but there are certain aspects of it that intrigue her.

There are a lot of hardcore stories out there for readers to shoes from and they are great reads. I just like to give readers another option.

3.)    Why do I write what I do?

Hmm. Sometimes a story just pops into the old gray matter. I read something, see something in the news, or notice something in everyday life. I also write things that I myself am curious about. I love putting my characters in certain situations that my readers might wonder what they would do if it were them. Even though my writing is fiction, I still try to make it as real as possible as though this can happen in real life. I think it makes the story more personable.

 4.)    How does my writing process work?

It depends on the story. I mostly do an outline, chapter by chapter. I almost always know the ending of the story no matter how many twist and turns it takes. It can start off one way and in the middle, make a complete 180, but the ending will always be the same. It’s just getting from point A to point B.

Now, I am tagging Marie Rochelle, Yvonne Nicolas and Kate Richards

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“Do you mind if we spend the night?” Patrick inquired.

Sandra coughed and cleared her throat. It wouldn’t be the first time they stayed over. She had guest rooms, and they all crashed at each other’s places once in a while. But truth be told she wanted to finish her new reading material. The adult magazine she’d picked up, Just for Women had all kinds of hot, sexy stories in it. She’d been stuck on the same damn story for the past few weeks, but something always interrupted her.

She’d just gotten into the story the previous night when Rhonda called to give her the latest drama from her hair salon. Tonight was supposed to be Me Night. Sandra had it all planned, too: a glass of wine, a hot bath, a hot story, and maybe some self-pleasuring.

Each time she’d tried to read it, Sandra pictured Sean and Patrick as the men involved. She shook those images out of her head and tried to insert some other dude. Like Kenny, another trainer at Boot Camp. But it never worked. His face would haze over and be replaced with either Sean’s or Patrick’s. She had to mentally slap herself, because that would not do. They were her buddies.

Her two fine buddies.

Patrick was the epitome of dark and dangerous-looking, with Native American blood, and it showed nicely. Dark, shaggy hair fell to his collar, and he had what seemed like a permanent five-o-clock shadow. High cheekbones completed the bad-boy appearance, tempered with a slight hint of goofiness in his lopsided smile. His eyes were dark and brooding, which matched his personality at times. But Sandra had learned to deal with it.

Sean represented the blond, carefree, optimistic—and gorgeous type. His personality was the polar opposite of his friend’s. She loved the contrast of the two. She loved being included in their lives. Nothing intimate could ever happen between them.

But one could dream.

My B’Day Blog: Venturing in New Territory—Writing BDSM

When I first started out writing in the romantica genre, it was pretty tame except for a few epublishers. And the stuff I wrote was pretty low key also. Of course, you had more than your normal romance story sex scenes, and they were a bit more graphic. But nothing to turn your hair gray.

As I read more ebooks,  the racier the stories were becoming. I also saw what more readers were gravity to. Books with disclaimers like: GRAPHIC CONTENT. MAY OFFEND SOME READERS.  I decided then to up the anti in my writing too. No big deal, just more sex scenes and more conflict between characters, which was something I loved reading anyway.

And just so you know. For those that think it’s easy to write romance/erotica. It ain’t. It’s  harder than mysteries, in my humble opinion. It’s not just a bunch of sex scenes strung together. It has to make sense in the story plot. Yes, the story has to have a plot. LOL

But I digress.

So I read more, listen to my fan base, saw what was selling and made sure I personally liked it as well. Why?

Because if you don’t like a certain genre or topic in particular, you can’t write it with any honesty. Trust me, not matter how hard you try, it will show in your writing that you really; one, don’t like the topic. Two, the genre as a whole makes you feel queasy and three, you’ve done little to no research on the topic.

Well, that wasn’t the case with me. I decided after years of going back and forth and reading the genre, to dabble in BDSM.

Okay, let me first start off by saying, I had preconceived notions about the topic. Whenever I saw BDSM, I cringed. And by the way, ten years ago, there were not a lot of books just sitting on the selves of your local bookstore. You had to know certain authors that wrote those type of books and order them, or go to specialty stores. And these stores were small, on the corner ‘literary’ type stores. And finally, stores that catered to erotica or porn.

When I wanted to read those type of books, I use to go to the counter of my local bookstore and sheepishly ask the person at the register to order the book. Then I‘d pick it up, trying not to look ashamed. Especially since the cover would have a nearly nude woman bound and gagged on it.

SIGH. Those were the days.

Now with the Internet (and the closing of so many brick and mortar bookstores, grrrr), it’s easy to obtain those books. All you have to do is type in BDSM in the search bar and you are inundated with books, magazines, dating sites and of course porno.

I read at least 30 of these types of books in the past five to seven years. From the playful to the real intense to everything in-between. To be honest with you, my taste is somewhere in-between but closer to the tame stuff. LOL

However, that’s not to say I haven’t read some very good heavy material. Bridget Midway writes excellent BDSM, but it’s not for the faint of heart. However, her characters and story line will keep you turning the pages. Yvette Hines is another one. Great character development, Kate Richards and Tara Rose go from the mild to medium.  There is something out there for everyone!

So after reading so many of these books, I decided to dip my toes in the proverbial BDSM pool. I started with House Arrest.

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Not really BDSM, more of role play and a little power play, but not what one would consider pure BDSM.

My second book Detention, got a little more into it, but it was more Dom/sub play. Still couldn’t venture into that realm of true BDSM.

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Now with my third and current book, Lectures in Discipline, I dive into it with both feet. It’s still on the light to medium side, but it shows more of what the BDSM lifestyle is about. How people interact with each other. I talk about the club scene, equipment used in punishments and pleasure, forms of punishments. It’s also about a woman who is discovering herself at the same time discovering the world of BDSM.

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I had so many misconception of BDSM. I thought it was one thing and one thing only. I did not realize there were so many shades of—no, I’m not going to say it.

But anyway, the whole lifestyle covers a wide range. It can be very playful, to very intense and emotional. The people who participate in it are normal everyday folks. They can be your neighbor, the mailman. Even that church lady. LOL

Once I realized what BDSM actual is—and isn’t, it became easier to write it. I was able to tap something within myself too, that allowed the honesty to show through in my story also. My characters act genuine without seeming forced. The sex scenes, as well as punishments and rewards are organic. I can honestly say that I had no hardship in writing this story.

Will I write more BDSM stories? Yes.

Will I write more intense BDSM stories? That remains to be seen. I am still growing in this genre and still finding out new things. But as I learn and grow from my research, I can promise you, so will my writing.

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