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This Week's Spotlight...

Be Our Guest...

Welcome Melissa Blue...

Author of Kilted for Pleasure...

Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to pop by and have a chat with us Ms. Blue.
This genre gets infrequent hype...so we at Contemporary Love... love to bring it.

       So Melissa...why did you decide to Write in this genre?

Melissa: I say contemporary romance because I write African American romance, Interracial romance and Mainstream romance. It depends on my mood and what characters show up in my head. It's always contemporary stories though. So let's go with that.


Alie: Do you believe in love at first sight?

Melissa: I do not. I feel like you can't look at someone and know their soul. Also, for me, love is action. It's not what you say or look like, it's what you do. Can you get that fluttery sensation in your stomach? Absolutely, but that's not love. Can all your primitive genes roar at you? Absolutely. I think it's rather I was willing and open to love someone after seeing them the first time, which is probably just semantics. Lol

Alie: What is the best thing you have done in your life?

Melissa: Raising my children. They have taught me so much about myself and what's important. They are also funny as hell. They restore my faith in humanity all the time.


Alie: What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

Melissa: Character is king. If you write characters people cannot forget then you can do no wrong. Dig deep, don't stop until they are practically alive on the page. Just think about all your favorite stories. Do you remember the plot or do you remember the characters?


Alie: Name 5 favorite movies. Why?

Melissa: Love and Basketball. If this were a book it would be women's fiction and it's one of my favorite romance genres. This is a story about your first love, it's a reunion romance, it's about redemption and forgiveness. Plus, Maxwell's song during their first love scene is just so much.

When Harry Met Sally. Nora Ephron is and will always be the queen of Romantic Comedy. This story was told in a linear fashion, but it still had a fractured kind of structure, which you just don't see done very well often. And this story is one of my fav tropes: From enemies to lovers. You get to watch this romance arc over years and it's a breathtaking arc.

Love Jones. I had a thing for Larenz Tate for years after this movie. Nia Long can play the hell out of any character. At the heart of it this conflicting romance felt visceral.

So after nothing but romance I pick Seabiscuit. In a way this is another love story. This is about a man who loses a son only to gain one. A boy who loses a family and finds another. And a horse that no one believed could be anything but a glue factory candidate. I loved how this story was framed around the depression. They hit on that fact pretty hard but I didn't care. This movie had a cast of thousands and I loved every character and this movie.

Last, but not least Back to the Future. It's cheesy, fun goodness. I can practically recite every line of this movie.


Alie: Lol. What secret talents do you have no one else knows?

Melissa: I can pick up things with my toes. I know, but outside of writing I am a pretty boring person.


Alie: If you could go to the past or future, where would you stay and why?

Melissa: I'd go into the future. There are some very awesome things that happened in the past, but I know about it or I can know about if I bother to research it. The future is unknown. I'm a fan of spoilers in TV and books so this shouldn't be a surprise I want to know how it all ends.


Alie: What internet site do you surf to the most?

Melissa: Outside of Facebook, I have to say Pinterest. That site is like crack to me. I use it to find placeholder images of characters or scenes in books. I also use it because I have a thing for pretty pictures. Plus, it's the best place for food porn.


Alie: Describe your past week as a type of landscape or a weather forecast.

Melissa: I've been prepping for my release so it's been a bit rocky. So let's say the weather man predicted nothing but sunshine and I went outside in shorts and a tank top. Mid-way through my outing a thunderstorm hit. I wasn't ready. And now my twist out looks like a hot mess.


Alie: What's the naughtiest thing you have done in school?

Melissa: Like I said, I'm totally boring. But I did use to call and pretend to be my mother to get out of class whenever I didn't feel like going. I kept a B average so I felt like meh about missing a few days out of the year. We all sound just alike in my family. It's a little scary.


Alie: If you can be a Disney character, who would you be and why?

Melissa: Belle is the obvious choice. I want that library. And Beast is one of my fav heroes of all time.

Alie: Sundays, I like to...

Melissa: Sleep in but I never do. I'm a workaholic. But one day I so will.

Alie: So Ms. Blue...what's next for you? What are you working on now?

Melissa: KILTED FOR PLEASURE is coming out really soon. I am both excited and terrified about this book. It's about how a Scot deals with grief and falling in love again. It's about a woman who has lived a life where rules and boundaries are her safety net and what happens when it's ripped out from under her. Anyway, it's hitting retailers on March 10th. Readers will be able to finally read the book I've been teasing them about for almost a year.

Alie: And where can we find you?


Melissa: You can always take a peek around my website: http://www.themelissablue.com

Other places you can find me:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorOfSMR

Tsu: https://www.tsu.co/MelissaBlue

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/melblu


Melissa Blue's writing career started on a typewriter one month after her son was born. This would have been an idyllic situation for a writer if it had been 1985, not 2004. She penned that first contemporary romance, upgraded to a computer and hasn't looked back since.


Outside of writing, Blue works as a mail clerk for the federal government, has a paralegal certificate (that she has more use for as a dust pan) and is a mother of two rambunctious children. She lives in California where the wine is good and, despite popular belief, is not always sunny. 

You can pick up this title for pre-order at these retailers:

Awesome...and thanks so much for joining us Ms. Blue. Remember guys the above links will get you your copy today...

Guest...Guest & More Guest!

Welcome Rhonda A. Marks...

Author of Making Time for Love...

Thanks so much Rhonda for

stopping by.

So...Ms. Marks...were you already a great writer before your first book was published? Have you always like to write?

Rhonda: I was not a great fiction writer. In fact, I'd forgotten how to write fiction after twenty years of practicing law. I had to relearn (and am still learning) how to compose a good sentence.

Alie: Okay I see. So, name 5 favorite movies. Why?
Rhonda: Ghost, When Harry Met Sally, Miss Congeniality, French Kiss and Pretty Woman. I love movies/stories with a happy ending, especially when you can't imagine how the hero/heroine are going to end up with their happily ever after.

Alie: Is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?)

Rhonda: Making Time for Love is my first full-length novel. I've released ten (10) other novellas/short stories. Three were published with Decadent Publishing  under the name Denise McCray. The next was a self published novella by Denise McCray. Then last year I released my Who's your Daddy series which consists of six (6) novellas.

Alie: Okay, and characters often find themselves in situations they aren't sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
Rhonda: That's a hard question for me. I'm a classic passive/aggressive person, which means that I rarely do anything I don't want to do. Plus I'm a real fan of the word "no".

Alie: Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?
Rhonda: I want to travel to Paris. I remember a class trip when I was in high school where my French class went to France. My family could not afford it. So, that's on my bucket list.

Alie: What does your writing process look like?
Rhonda: I usually begin with a "what if" question. Then I'll write a paragraph or two about my idea. It then blossoms to a short synopsis. I'm a plot-focused writer, so my next step is to draft the character sketches. Then I get to work on  a detailed outline, breaking down my story scene by scene. Then I write my first draft.

Alie: And have you ever been in trouble with the police?

Rhonda: Other than speeding tickets, nope. Can't afford to with my profession.

Alie: Hahaha...I hear ya on that. So, what's your favorite love story? (book)
Rhonda: I love historical romance, especially Regency romance. My favorite author right now is Valerie Bowman. Her books are hilarious and very sexy.

Alie: Wonderful...I write IR Historical too lol. List five adjectives to describe yourself.
Rhonda: Reserved, socially-awkward, passive-aggressive, stubborn, softy

Alie: Really...Lol. Okay, what's your favorite thing to do in the summer? Fall? Winter? Spring?
Rhonda: I love to travel, no matter the time of the year. During the winter, I have to spend at least one week in Florida to escape this Pittsburgh weather.

Alie: Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
Rhonda: Brenda Jackson, Beverly Jenkins, Leslie Esdaile (RWG), Nora Roberts

Alie: I love those too. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Rhonda: Yes. But I also believe in being realistic and doing your due diligence before handing your heart over (this is the attorney speaking).

Alie: LOL. Me too...as far as the heart thing. Not sure if I believe in Love at first sight though. So, if you were a genie, what wish would you absolutely not grant?
Rhonda: A request to do harm to another person.

Alie: I like that. What is your favorite meal, and what is your favorite restaurant?
Rhonda: I love all kinds of food, but I usually try to find a Chinese restaurant wherever I go. But when I'm in NYC, I have to head to B. Smith's. Love that bread pudding!

Alie: Awesome! I'm actually moving there at the end of this month. Lol...really...I'm an ex chef...and I have an amazing recipe for it if ya ever want it lol. Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
Rhonda: I can't force myself to write, which is a bad habit since I want to be a full-time writer.

Alie: So, what was your favorite decade? (50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, etc.)
Rhonda: The 80's. I was in my twenties and the freedom was great.

Alie: LOL... me too. My kids rip me all the time saying I got stuck there lol. So, would you rather have a cat or dog? Why? 
Rhonda: Cat. I love the way they behave. Plus I like their independence.

Alie: What book do you wish you could have written?
Rhonda: Fifty Shades of Grey, but a little better.

Alie: LMAO! So, what's your next project Ms. Marks?
Rhonda: I'm working on a couple novels I'd like to pitch to a traditional publisher. One is a contemporary romance and the other is a romantic suspense.

Alie: And where can we find you?
Rhonda: Facebook: /ramarks
    Twitter: /rhondamarks

Amazing...thanks so much Rhonda for stopping by...it was a blast...and we wish you much success.
Remember readers...you can find Ms. Marks on amazon...any day of the week...so be sure to get your copy! ;)


Say Hello to Mika...

Author of Need You Now...the Martha's

Way Vineyard series...

So...you know we love to spot light

awesome IR authors...so we have another

one for you right off the presses!

Meet Author Mika Jolie ;)

So Mika, Characters often find themselves in situations they aren't sure they can get themselves out of.

When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

Mika: Ha! I'd need a book for this one. 

Alie: Lol...Ok...If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Mika: The power to balance. Then there wouldn't be chaos. 

Alie: Wow...alright...What secret talents do you have no one else knows about?

Mika: I speak three languages. 

Alie: Awesome. And what is your biggest fear as an author?

Mika: I don't really have one. The way I see it, I chose to do what I love. Some will love it, some will hate it. 

Alie: If you could have any accents from anywhere in the world, what would you choose? Why?

Mika: (Laughs) I have an accent. It's very faint and really noticeable with certain words. For example, the word nuisance which is has an origin of Latin and French, I can never say it without an accent.  

Alie: What were you like as a child? Your favorite toy?

Mika: A total tomboy. I played soccer, climbed trees, watched football with my brothers.

Alie: Hahah...me too. Just like "Everybody Wang Chung tonight!", what action would your name be if it were a verb? 

Mika: This is from my husband. He said Push. He says I'm always pushing. I don't know how to take that. (Laughs)

Alie: Hahaha...me either! LOL. So, is this your first book? How many books have you written prior (if any?)

Mika: Need You Now is book 2 of the Martha's Way series. I've written two books so far. The Scale is book 1. All the books are standalone, but of course it's nice to read them all. 

Alie: Yes it is...I'm in the middle of Need You Now as we speak. So, if you could be a pair of jeans what style would you be?  Why? 

Mika: The boyfriend jeans. It's relaxed, comfortable and sexy. 

Alie: Hahaha...I like that! Have you ever been in trouble with the police?

Mika: Aside from having a traffic ticket, not yet. 

Alie: If I wasn't afraid I would _________ (What?)

Mika Jolie: Bungee jump

Alie: What is the best thing you have done in your life?

Mika: Weed out negativity and stay positive. 

Alie: Do you believe in love at first sight?

Mika Jolie: No. Maybe third sight, but definitely not first or second. Maybe I'm jaded. 

Alie: LOL...you and me both. Name one of your favorite things about someone in your family.

Mika Jolie: I have so many. I love my mother's strength. 

Alie: Ahhh...I hear you on that. I was raised by a strong Latin woman...so I know the feeling. So, just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

Mika Jolie: So many. Anita Shreve is a favorite of mine. I feel every word she writes. Maya Angelou, Bella Andre, Truman Capote...the list goes on. 

Alie: So what's next for you Mika? What are you working on now?

Mika Jolie: Well, the Martha's Way series will consist of four books. I'm currently working on book 3. That will be Claire and Forrest's story. I am also writing a Novella of Jason and Minka. And I have to tackle book 4.

Alie: Sounds awesome...and we can't wait.

Where can we find you Ms. Jolie when you aren't knee deep in manuscripts?

Mika Jolie: I'm on twitter @MikaJolie1, my website is http://mikajolie.com

Awesome...thanks so much for stopping by Mika...and we wish you much sucess. Remember guys...you can find Author Mika Jolie on Amazon all day long...so get on ova there and get this amazing book!


Shiree McCarver

Author of The Contract 


We here at Contemporary just love Romance...and from time to time we try to connect you with the Hottest IR & MC authors in the business.

Most of the authors in this genre don't get the spotlight they're due...so we try to remedy that...by bringing you awesome new authors...and that's what we did this weekend.

Meet Interracial Romance author Shiree McCarver. We were so excited to have her sit with us for a bit...so that we could get to know...just who she is...not only as an IR author...but the person behind her awesome romances.

So Shiree, 

Why did you choose this genre to Write in?  

Shiree: I Enjoy doing a little bit of everything.  I don't limit my genres.  The only limitation I have place on myself is that the stories will feature Interracial relationships between the main characters.

Alie: That awesome, and what's your favorite love story? (movie or book)

Shiree: A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux.  When it came out I had never read anything like it and it stay with me and motivated me to be a writer.  I wanted to make people feel the way she made me feel after reading that book.

Alie: So tell us Shiree, what were you like as a child? Your favorite toy?

Shiree: I am an only child.  I've always been one of those "old soul" children.  When I was younger up until I was in my 20's and I learned to close the door I could speak to dead people.  My family thought I just talk to myself all the time and would tease me that someday I would get an answer.  If only they knew.  My favorite toys were Barbie dolls.  They still are. 

Alie: Lol. If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be? Why?

Shiree: I would be a baby bear.  I may look cuddly but I don't recommend that you touch me until you're sure I won't bite.

Alie: Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?

Shiree: Jude Deveraux as I said.  Kate Douglas, she was very open door about discussing the business, and she is the one who suggested I should try eBooks.  Ebooks were just starting out and their were only about four known online publishers.  IT didn't take long for the poser publishers to wipe out during those times.  Aliyah Burke, she was my writing partner when I first started out.  She had already had a book published and I had just received a contract to publish The Lord and the Scorpion and Selby and Darius.  Many others but because they frustrated me for not being reliable to write the books I wanted to read.  There were a few with big publishers that would write one or two Interracial book then wouldn't write anymore because their publisher wasn't interested.  Also no one was writing about Asian men with Black women, so I was inspired to write them myself.

Alie: I like that. What is the biggest lie you've ever told?

Shiree: When I was in high school I told all my friends that I had an older boyfriend/lover that was in college and lived out of town.  I was still a virgin and remained one until I was 32.  Telling a lie was easier than my friends thinking me weird because I was  waiting for marriage because I wanted only one man to know me intimately in my life.  I almost kept to my wish.  There has been two men.  The one who took my virginity and the one I lived with, married, and divorced.

Alie: What is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?

Shiree: Europe.  I love European history and the fact they still have landmarks that go back centuries.  So much more vivid and inviting in some aspects than American history I think.

Alie: With that I totally agree. Name 5 favorite movies. Why?

Shiree: I have so many because I love watching movies and television.  I will pick some of the ones I've watch whew, too many times.
1) Imitation of Life, the Lana Turner version. It's emotionally freeing.  I cried for about 15 minutes.
2) Terms of Endearment.  Same reason as the first one.  A movie that makes me cry is a good movie to me.   
3) The Color Purple.   I could relate in so many ways to Celia and Shug's plight as women surviving under the weight of growing up in the deep south with southern beliefs about a woman's place in the household.  I was born in 1964 and still a lot of the old mentality of your place in the family was being passed from generation to generation. At my great grandmother's farmhouse the women cooked and clean the kitchen from one meal to the next.  There was three fully cooked meals a day and the men folk would be served and eat first.  There was an outside toilet and water had to be drawn from the well.
4) Saturday Night Fever.  I love the soundtrack.  I love John Travolta and that film was him all the time.  I loved that.  I went so much I knew all the dance steps and could speak the lines. 
5) Hair.  For the same reason I love all the others.

Alie: I dig many of those too lol. So, is there a certain type of scene that's harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy? 

Shiree: To be honest long graphic detail sex scenes. Hate it. I have to do lots of research to write these scenes because I haven't done a quarter of it personally so I don't have my experiences to rely upon.  I have to research sex with porn and self-help sex books as much as I have to research a country, place, or time in history.  I think readers have made it harder on us today because they have such high expectations for something original in the sex scenes.  Its too much pressure and it leaves me ineffective if I over think it.  I have written love scenes that I've detested writing because it was so far out of my comfort zone.  However, it's not about me.  It's about my characters and I try to respect my characters needs if I want to finish the book.   If they are unhappy they hold things up.

Alie: Oh wow. Okay, and what literary character is most like you?

Shiree: Mary Christmas in my book "All I Want for Christmas" she has myHidradenitis suppurativaSelby in my book "A Satyr's Tale:Selby and Darius".  She is recovering from the ordeal of my brief marriage.

Alie: You've just been hired to a promotions position at Kellog Co. What would you put in a new breakfast cereal box as a gimmick? 

Shiree: One free download of a book, movie, or song from Amazon.

Alie: Lol. Finish this sentence..."Someday, I want to _________ (What?)

Shiree: one of my books made into a film for TV or big screen, I don't care either or both would make me happy.  I long to see my characters in action outside my head.

Alie: Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

Shiree: I write on a hospital bed tray on wheels with my laptop, lying on my side most of the time, propped up on pillows because it's more comfortable on my back and my butt.  I also can't stand it to be quite. I have to have TV or music going.

Alie: LOL cool. What secret talents do you have no one else knows about?

Shiree: I'm a damn good vocalist and lyricist.

Alie: Okay...I like! Do you believe in love at first sight?

Shiree: Yes, it happened to me.  However, I learned it doesn't mean it will be reciprocated in kind. I don't believe that love hits you both at first sight.  I think one person in the relationship will love more than the others even if they are happy together and feel as if the love is equal.  Now, sexual attraction... I think that is more mutually immediate.

Alie:  List five adjectives to describe yourself.

Shiree: Talented...Blessed...Cursed......Friendly...Tired

Alie: Humm...I would love to know more about the Cursed? But since you didn't elaborate lol...we'll move on. Characters often find themselves in situations they aren't sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

Shiree: I had plans to cook a Birthday dinner and I didn't get any sleep because I'd been hurting all night.  I was still hurting and just didn't know how I was going to make it through because I was in charge of all the food.  I did it, but by the time I finished and delivered the food I was in so much pain I couldn't stay for the actual party.  I was barely polite at that point so I knew I couldn't pretend at being social.  I just dropped everything off, apologized and told them to enjoy themselves. It was my last big catered family affair. I love cooking but I can't do it like that anymore.

Alie: If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction? 

Shiree: Drama.  Tragedy.  Get the tissue.

Alie: LOL. Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why?

Shiree: I'm fall.  It's mellow, colorful, unpredictable, not too hot and not too cold, just soothing and comforting.

Alie: And what's your favorite material object that you already own?

Shiree: My Laptop.

Alie: What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

Shiree: Ignore most of the advice and follow your instincts and your heart.  It won't let you down, some of your fellow authors will.  So don't put your career in that basket, at the end of the day for some you are the competition. I'm personally under the belief still that their is room in this business for everyone that do their own work openly and honestly.  Don't think about being an author, be one.  Follow through with your dreams.  The only fail you can make in writing is talking the game without ever playing the sport.  Self-pleasuring yourself with your stories isn't getting you where you want to be.  There is no Great American Novel. It's a myth to keep the amateurs out of the game.  NY Best Sellers are all smoke and mirrors and the hard work of fantastic publicists.  So don't keep putting it off until you come up with that Great American Novel.

Alie: I truly love that advice! So, what's next for you Ms. McCarver lol? What are you working on now?

Shiree: I'm being pulled in several directions creatively and have several books started but not completed.  I'm distracted by my pain these last couple of years.  I can't seem to get comfortable so I can get in my zone.  When I was asked this question late last year I had a book name and an idea of when, but I've had to be honest with myself and where I am right now.  Honestly and sadly, I don't know if I will be putting out a book this year.  I can only keep trying, but I rather not publish one then cheat my readers.  I either give my all or nothing.

Alie: And where can we find you?

Shiree: You can find me on FB...twitter, tumblr...blog, website...
I have all these things but I rarely use any of it except for Facebook.  
I'm on there ever day and it is the best way of communicating with me.  
Everything else I get your messages sent to my email, so you won't be ignored by me on any of them you choose to use.  
My website http://www.shireemccarver.com and my favorite place to interact live is my Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/shireemccarver
I have a blog on my website but I’m not a vigilant blogger I like being more real time so I can get instant  feedback, that's why Facebook does it all for me.

Thanks so much Shiree McCarver for taking time out of you bust schedule to come by for a chat.
And don't forget guys, you can also find Ms. McCarver's book on Amazon.com...and I totally recommend a read today! ;)