Book Excitement and Cover Reveal

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Last Thursday my author website went up and I decided to also create a Facebook Author page. This is what happened:

I didn’t tell my mother that I was releasing a novel until my author website went up. All I said to her was, “Go to” She did. She called me back, bursting with excitement. “When is this coming out???”
“In October. As an ebook.”
“Hold on,” she said.
She called me back with my Aunt Donna on three way who, after congratulating me, said, “Well, I saw it already.”
I said, “Saw what?”
“The book cover.”
“Well, Tara and Gabe posted it.” Tara and Gabe are my cousins.
My mom said, “Now, tell her, Quanie. When is it going on EBay?”
I said, “It’s not going on EBay. It’s going to be an ebook.”
“Through Twitter, right?”
My aunt said, “I have a Twitter account.”
“You do?”
“Yeah. But I don’t remember what it is.”
“Let me try and find it,” I said. I found it and asked her, “Why are you following MC Hammer?”
She said, “Well, I follow all the celebrities. Hang on. I’m gonna put this on Facebook.”
My mom interjected: “And make sure you put Quanie Q-Ball Mitchell who used to be in a rap group in New Iberia, Louisiana.” (When I saw my aunt’s posting it said just that.)
Soon after, I talked to my grandmother who cut straight to the chase: “Am I in the novel?” I should mention that my grandmother shows up in almost everything that I write because she’s a riot.
“And why not?”
“I know I’m in there somewhere. I’ll be waiting for my cut,” she said.

I couldn’t do anything but laugh. I’ve spent this whole weekend responding to congratulatory posts on Facebook and it dawned on me; I’ve been so busy doing the prep work for the novel’s release that I haven’t even had a moment to step back and be excited. I still have a to-do list about a mile long. Maybe on the release day I’ll be able to step back and take it all in.

Anyway, here’s the cover that was heard round the world this weekend.



Am I getting excited? I think I am. I feel a praise dance a-brewin’ in 3, 2, 1…



It’s Wednesday and People are Tired

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I’m really not a short story writer. In fact, even in writing workshops when I had to write something “short” my stories were always on the longish side. I think I was just born to be a novelist, but every now and then, I feel a short story a-brewin’. Since it is Wednesday, I thought I’d share this story. It’s about a little girl named Cicily who wants a new dress for an awards ceremony. You can read it below or by clicking on the little arrow icon (or you can download the PDF below). I hope you enjoy it!

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Balancing it All

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How do you balance writing, working, trying to connect with readers and writers online, and marketing yourself? There’s so much to learn and I’m finding that the more information I find, the more information I find. I’m getting knee deep in how to’s and can’t seem to claw my way out:

How to choose an Ebook designer!
How to promote yourself without seeming like you’re promoting yourself!
How to get on Amazon’s best seller’s list!
How to build your social media platform!
How do organize a blog tour!

Lord have mercy! And don’t even mention “how to maintain a social life when you’re pursuing a writing career and working full time and trying to blog and figure out how to do Facebook and Twitter when all you want to do is watch Bad Girls Club and have a glass of wine!”

Whoo! Am I the only one feeling overwhelmed? How do you balance? Thoughts?

#IWSG – No More Apologies

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It’s the first Wednesday of the month (already!) and it’s time for Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. It’s a safe place throughout the blogosphere where we writers can be completely vulnerable and bi*ch and moan about all that ails us. Please click here to discover some of the other marvelous bloggers that participate every month.

So without further adieu (and with chattering teeth)…

Lately, I recognized something while telling people about my upcoming novel. “It’s a romantic comedy,” I say, as if that somehow devalues it. “And it’s well…more of a comedy. Really light. A quick read,” I say, almost apologetically, as if somewhere, a great American author is turning in their grave at the thought; comedy? But what of litra-ture?

Yes, I write humorous fiction. It’s not something that I even try to do, but sometimes when I write, funny stuff happens. I also write in other genres, but when it comes to my humorous fiction I always feel like I should give people a disclaimer. I’ve felt this way since grad school. “I write funny stuff,” I would say as we went around giving our introductions, shrinking further into my seat and wondering why I just couldn’t write something profound like Toni Morrison. A funny writer? The horror!

So today I’m going to go on record and say that I will never intimate that my novel is anything other than my best effort.  And just because it’s humor doesn’t mean it’s less than anything else. Besides, who wants a book that comes with an apology???  A wise woman once said: Ain’t nobody got time for that. And I concur.

Here is the blurb for my upcoming novel, “It Ain’t Easy Being Jazzy” (without any apologies! ).

Jazzy secretly wants to get back together with her ex boyfriend, Curtis, so when he calls and reveals that he’s got something important to tell her, she’s got no idea that he’s about to propose—to her first cousin and bitter rival, Mercedes.

The annual family dinner is coming up, and fearing that she will spend the evening seething while Mercedes flaunts her four carat engagement ring in her face, Jazzy asks Reggie, an Adonis she met at the mall, to accompany her. As fate would have it, not only did Reggie and Mercedes used to date; that backstabbing, leopard print wearing cow is still carrying a torch for him! Revenge. It’s never been so sweet.

But falling for Reggie? Holy crap! That wasn’t part of the plan! She’s got enough on her plate as it is with a mother who spies on the neighbors and a sister and best friend with man problems that could land them on Jerry Springer. So when Curtis comes sniffing around again—this time, with an accusation that sends her blood pressure shooting through the roof—the one good nerve that Jazzy’s got left has just about run its course.

It will be released October 15, 2013. Bites nails in 3, 2, 1…







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The other day I was looking through files on my flash drive and came across my first novel, Spiral. It’s about a manager at a luxury apartment complex who discovers that one of her tenants murdered someone she went to school with. I remember getting the idea, thinking it was silly and then sharing it with a friend who encouraged me to write it. I wrote it, shared it with friends, and then set about writing many a bad query letter in an attempt to get representation.

After I was unable to get an agent I tossed the novel out with the baby and the bathwater. It was awful, I’d told myself. And it would never see the light of day. Well. Imagine my surprise when I started reading the novel again and started getting goose pimples. I held my breath as the protagonist learns who the killer is and it dawned on me; the damn novel is good.

There are parts of unnecessary dialogue  (sometimes once my characters start talking you be done knit yourself a sweater…) and moments that I rushed through, but otherwise, it’s a solid piece. I’m currently going through it right now, trimming fat in some places and adding it in others. Since I’ve caught the indie fever I’m going to probably put this one out in February.

I wrote the novel 4 years ago and I am totally able to look at it with fresh eyes. It’s true what they say; never throw anything away. So glad I didn’t! It’s been fun getting reacquainted with these characters all over again.