Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Spotlight: "The Renaissance Minority Writers Movement" Petition

Happy hump day! I would like to welcome Shawn Richards to my blog today and he is here talking about the petition he started, "The Renaissance Minority Writers Movement". As a writer and lover of poetry, I quickly got behind this movement. Fifteen days ago, I signed the petition and here are some reasons why you should too...
Could you explain how the petition to BET came about?
[Shawn Richards:] The idea for [it] actually came about 10 years ago. Around that time I was just starting to get serious about writing. I remember watching the BET awards that year, and talking to a friend about what had happened on the show. We started joking about how there should be an award for black authors. We both ended up laughing it, but the idea stuck with me over time. Eventually, I decided to do something to make it happen.
Why is it important to you to see literature and poetry recognized in the BET awards?

[SR:] Because our kids need an alternative to what they are being conditioned by daily, by popular media. I'm specifically referring to BET, MTV. And don't get me started about VH1, BRAVO and reality shows. A change is never going to occur unless someone, somewhere, starts doing something consistently. So why not me? Why not now? I've had the privilege becoming a member a growing community of black writers over the last few years. We're writing novels in every genre. Blogs on every conceivable topic. Screenplays. Movie reviews. You name it, we do it all! In that time I've also discovered poetry, and learned of the existence of truly 'Rock-star-esq' poets. You can't tell me an award, from that platform, to highlight the best HIP-HOP artist, is MORE important than an award to highlight the best African-American author, or poet. So if Viacom and BET want to over-hype and sensationalize something, fine. I would gladly support the sensationalization of either of these.
How do you believe recognition in the BET awards would change black literature? How would it change the BET awards?

[SR:] It not about changing either. Regarding black literature, it's about exposure. We write books. We do numbers. We deserve to be recognized on this platform. And we are now officially asking to be included! For BET, I feel it would help restore some of the credibility lost in recent years. Particularly with the quality of the awards program. (I know I'm not the only person who has read the lackluster reviews of the BET Awards, the last several years. #NoShade #ijs) In addition, as it's spelled out in the nuts and bolts of The Renaissance Minority Writers Petition, it would also help influence more young minorities to read, because they think it's cool to do so. The same is true of poetry.
What do you hope this petition will accomplish and what do you hope to see come from it?

[SR:] The purpose of this petition is to highlight the literary achievements of minority writers. In multiple genres of literature and poetry. So if we could inspire people to read, write stories, and participate in the COOLNESS that is poetry, that would really be great. Just great. #TPSReports
Any last words for those reading this interview?
[SR:] Sure... Talk less, listen more. Question everything. Only accept answers that make sense to YOU. We shall overcome one day, was GREAT rhetoric. But never a real strategy. Nothing happens unless you get up off your rusty dusty and DO SOMETHING! And with that being said, please support The Renaissance Minority Writers Petition. #WORDADDICT
Go to to sign the petition, AND like us on Facebook. The link for that is can also be found on the site.
Thanks Shawn for an informed interview!

Monday, November 3, 2014

It's my birthday (month)!

November is finally here and in five days, I'll be celebrating yet another birthday! In honor of my milestone birthday this year, I'll be offering a flash sale of my Queen Quartette series from Nov. 7-10. Stay tuned for updates!

As I prepare for the release of my 4th book, His Diamond Queen, in the series, I'll also participating in a few Goodreads giveaways. The 2nd (His Bedpost Queen) & 3rd (Queen of His Heart) books in the series will be autographed copies offered to US residents only and I'll be running the first international giveaway for the 1st book, His Flower Queen.

Be sure to enter and happy November!

US Giveaway Only

Goodreads Book Giveaway

His Bedpost Queen by Lena Hart

His Bedpost Queen

by Lena Hart

Giveaway ends December 01, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Queen of His Heart by Lena Hart

Queen of His Heart

by Lena Hart

Giveaway ends December 15, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

International Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

His Flower Queen by Lena Hart

His Flower Queen

by Lena Hart

Giveaway ends January 03, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Another "Secret" Project Revealed!

This project has been in the works for months but it was only yesterday that we received the GO to share the great news: an Interracial Romance anthology featuring seven talented authors--including myself!

LOVE IN BLACK & WHITE is slated to be released December 2014 from Secret Cravings Publishing and will feature my story, "First Love," a prequel to my very first published book with SCP, "Because You Love Me." I've revisited my "first couple," Jake and Sabrina, and have gone back in time to tell the story of when they first found and fell in love.

Alongside my story will be six other great IRR novellas, including "The Reunion" by Jamallah Bergman, "On the Way to Heaven" by Stacy-Deanne, "Indulgence" by Mahalia Levey, "Guilty Cravings" by Sam Crescent, "Bree's Purr-fect Mate" by Roxy Wilson, and a sizzling story by new IR author, Alela Marsh!

Come December, I hope you add LOVE IN BLACK & WHITE to your TBR list and give us a chance to prove to you that true love is never black or white. ♥

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Book Blast Tour fit for a Queen!

I'm excited to announce that HIS FLOWER QUEEN, book one in the Queen Quartette series, will be on tour this weekend. There are 20 stops (see below) in the tour and a $20 gift card will be awarded to one lucky commenter so be sure to stop by as many as you can! Good luck and have fun!

Below is the tour schedule for the stops:

Barnes & Noble
Thurs, October 9:
1: Books to Light Your Fire
2: Bunny's Review
3: Unabridged Andra's
4: Romance Novel Giveaways
5: Books and Other Spells
6: Romance Novels in Color
7: SBM Book Obsession
8: Welcome to My World of Dreams
9: Bookgirl Knitting
10: Books N Pearls

Tues, October 10:
1: Punya Reviews...
2: Erotic Author Nancy Adams
3: Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
4: A Book Addict's Delight
5: It's Raining Books
6: Straight from the Library
7: Long and Short Reviews
8: Behind Closed Doors
9: Kinky Vanilla Romance
10: Reviews by Crystal
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Making October Awesome!

I can't believe we're already in October but I'm excited about this month! I have lots of things planned, including the final edits for my last book in the Queen Quartette series (YAY!), prepping for my first solo Facebook party coming this November, and also a secret project that I'm keeping my fingers crossed about and looking forward to announcing soon.
$.99 sale starts 10/5!
I'm also planning to do a "Big Push" (promo-wise) for the first book in the Queen series, HIS FLOWER QUEEN, where the book will be on sale for .99ct through the month of October. Doing any kind of promo is never a guarantee but I'm really looking forward to getting the word out on the series and am keeping my fingers crossed that I gain lots of new readers! =)

Now that we're down to three more months until the New Year, I do find myself doing lots of reflecting of what I've accomplished this year and what I have left to see through. And instead of counting down the days 'til 2015, I'm going to enjoy every moment we have left in 2014. A lot of great thing and not-so-great things have happened since January and I planning make more happy memories this month and the future months to come.

Happy October!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

My Sexy Saturday #61

Here's a steamy mini-excerpt from my new release, QUEEN OF HIS HEART.
“Just a taste,” he whispered thickly.
Her hips lifted slightly, allowing the delicate material to be pulled away from her body. There was a strong pulsing inside her and she wanted him to ease the insistent throbbing. She wanted it badly.
The red panties slipped to the floor and he gently pulled her hips forward until she was on the edge of the counter. Judith leaned back against the wide cork board as he hiked up her skirt. The cool air in the small room rushed between her heated flesh and the sensation of being completely exposed only heightened her desire and anticipation...
Happy Sexy Saturday!
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