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DWED would like to introduce Kush Designs, a fashion company that is focused on showcasing the inner beauty of both men and women through creatively developing clothing that tastefully highlights the person’s inner spirit.

The company is re-launching this coming fall and is looking to flourish within its prevalent field.

Helping others fulfill their dream through visual support is a goal here at DWED. So please feel free to check out the Facebook page for Kush designs as well as help the company as it begins a new journey to prosperity. Kush Designs has its own page on Indiegogo.com for viewers to show their support.
Indiegogo-http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kush-design-llc?c=gallery

---Message from the Owner----
What We Need & What You Get
I will need 8,000.00 to start running my business and day to operations, this will be broken into , expensis for fabric, machines/sourcing factories , advertising and building the brand.

I plan to offer t-shirts as a quick sell items, in order to build capital for the growing brand. I am offering free items as well as discounts on custom-ed pieces. The greater the donation the greater the discount.

If my goal is not met I will donate the funds to several charities i am affiliated with.

Brotherhood Sister Sol organization

AIDS foundation

Pancreatic Cancer Foundation

The Impact Your contribution will make a difference in that it will enable me to share a lifestyle brand that will give my customers a voice in how they want to be seen and represented thru the inner beauty within. healing inside to show on the outside. Giving a sense of love to self personified to others in the community of love.

I have already built a strong fan base around the brand and have become very inspirational in my love and support of others. Many see me as an inspiration for their own self growth.

Other Ways You Can Help Getting the word out about KUSH and lyfestyle brand is so important and is an extention of the loving support you can share. As i hope to continue to be a surce of strength and healing to others

follow me on indigogo as I build a strong lyfestyle brand!! KUSH design LLC



Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/KUSH-design/138606732911908

About

RE-LAUNCHING IN SEPT 2013 AURA energy clothing custom made for men & women

Mission

Working directly with my clientele in character assessment through getting to know “YOU” consultations, energy healing practices and meditation sessions to enable my customer to better understand the type of garments they are energetically connected to in style and color complimentary to their personal energy and aura, I will tailor my inventory to meet the specific needs of my clientele to promote healing and love of self.

Company Overview

Monique Siders (Nubia Sunshine) of Brooklyn NY; Fashion Designer, Stylist and Owner of KUSH Design. In designing I love creating garments that are uniquely designed to fit the customer’s personality and inner essence. Like taking the inner being and wearing their true self on the outside to share with the world. In my Reiki Healing practices, I learn and understand how to use universal love energy to heal the bodies mind. Loving who the YOU, we BE

Description

KUSH design LLC established in Creating garments spirit essence. Teaching/providing energy healing soul styling the body to illuminate the aura… Lyfestyle Brand

General Information

KUSH Design is a design company established to basically make over the body, spirit and body. Teaching and providing energy healing and making over the soul styling the body to illuminate the soul… Spiritual body makeovers!! I am certified Level 1 Reiki healer, well versed in Yoni breathing and a student of crystal healing, and chakra meditation classes, also adding my experience as a stylist and ...a designer to provide my clientele with spirit energy healing w/crystals and complete with a body makeover in providing garments that bring out the inner aura. In designing will be creating garments that are uniquely designed to fit the customer’s personality and inner essence, similar to taking the inner being and wearing their true self on the outside to share with the world. With the Reiki Healing practices, I love to learn and understand how to use the universal love energy to heal the bodies and minds of those who are suffering, whether it be mental or physical. I’d love to incorporate the two in a feel good look good as my true self. Promoting loving the who the YOU, you be

 
In Dapper Carter’s 8 Rules of Dating, we met Dapper Carter, the philandering fool, on his fall from grace following his abrupt divorce from Kennedy Craig. Dapper develops eight authentic rules that help him navigate through the rigors of the dating world and eventually lead him to the girl of his dreams.

 In the first book he was trying to find love.  In the risqué Dapper Carter’s 5 Fatale` Flaws, he’s just looking for a good time, but he ends up finding himself. Dapper’s alchemistic odyssey intertwines with a revolving door of femmes fatales`. Through a multitude of meaningless encounters, Dapper realizes that he is the only person holding himself back and is urged to take an introspective look  to identify five reasons why he can’t seem to get out of his own way. Witness the rise and fall…and rise and fall… and rise of Dapper as he learns the five things every man should know about himself.



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Our Top Picks for movies to close out the summer and bring on the fall.

Elysium

Released: 8/9/13

‎1hr 49min‎‎ - Rated R‎‎ - Action/Adventure‎
Director: Neill Blomkamp - Cast: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna

In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet's crime and poverty, and they critically need the more »state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium - but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens' luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max, an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission - one that pits him against Elysium's Secretary Delacourt and her hard-line forces - but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.


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Lovelace

Released: 8/9/13

‎1hr 32min‎‎ - Rated R‎‎ - Drama‎
Director: Jeffrey Friedman - Cast: Amanda Seyfried, James Franco, Wes Bentley, Chloë Sevigny, Juno Temple

In 1972-before the internet, before the porn explosion-Deep Throat was a phenomenon: the first scripted pornographic theatrical feature film, featuring a story, some jokes, and an unknown and unlikely star, Linda Lovelace. Escaping a strict religious family, Linda discovered freedom and the high more »-life when she fell for and married charismatic hustler Chuck Traynor. As Linda Lovelace she became an international sensation-less centerfold fantasy than a charming girl-next-door with an impressive capacity for fellatio. Fully inhabiting her new identity, Linda became an enthusiastic spokesperson for sexual freedom and uninhibited hedonism. Six years later she presented another, utterly contradictory, narrative to the world-and herself as the survivor of a far darker story.


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Kick-ass 2

Released: 8/16/13

‎1hr 43min‎‎ - Rated R‎‎ - Action/Adventure/Comedy‎
Director: Jeff Wadlow - Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison

When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world's first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for more »sneaking out as Hit Girl, she's forced to retire - leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world's first super villain assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there's only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.


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Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Released: 8/16/13

‎2hr 12min‎‎ - Rated PG-13‎‎ - Drama‎
Director: Lee Daniels - Cast: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda

This film tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man's life and family.


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Riddick, Rule the Dark

Released: September 2013

Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick's past.


 
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The racially-charged prejudice of the deep South forces eighteen-year-old Alison Tillman to confront societal norms—and her own beliefs—when she discovers the body of a hate crime victim, and the specter of forbidden love turns her safe, comfortable world upside down.

Alison has called Forrest Town, Arkansas home for the past eighteen years. Her mother’s Blue Bonnet meetings, her father toiling night and day on the family farm, and the division of life between the whites and the blacks are all Alison knows. The winter of 1967, just a few months before marrying her high school sweetheart, Alison finds the body of a black man floating in the river, and she begins to view her existence with new perspective. The oppression and hate of the south, the ugliness she once was able to avert her eyes from, now demands her attention.

When a secretive friendship with a young black man takes an unexpected romantic turn, Alison is forced to choose between her predetermined future, and the dangerous path that her heart yearns for.

HAVE NO SHAME is an emotionally compelling coming of age novel featuring a young woman who cannot reconcile the life she wants with the one she’s been brought up to live. Have No Shame will resonate with anyone who has ever fallen in love, and those who have been forced to choose between what they know in their hearts to be true, and what others would like them to believe.

HAVE NO SHAME
When civil rights and forbidden love collide
The most important book of 2013
“An American classic, not yet discovered.”
“[Have No Shame] should be up there with To Kill A Mockingbird.”
"This book will resonate with readers who enjoyed Kathryn Stockett's, THE HELP, Julie Kibler's, CALLING ME HOME, John Grisham's, A TIME TO KILL, Sue Monk Kidd's, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES, and Kathleen Grissom's, THE KITCHEN HOUSE."

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"Within moments of starting to read, you will be transported back to the Arkansas of 1967 - hot, dusty, utterly rural and edgy. Poor white farmers dependent upon cheap black labor who, due to their superior numbers, are constantly suppressed, living on the wrong side of town, ghettoised and terrified. You will remember scenes from `In the Heat of the Night' and `Easy Rider'; you will remember that, less than fifty years ago, if you were black, you could be beaten for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And if you died at the hands of a white youth, justice would almost certainly be denied you." Author Roderick Craig Low

"A gripping and poignant novel dealing with a subject once taboo in American society." Hagerstown Magazine

"Have No Shame is a powerful testimony to love and the progressive, logical evolution of social consciousness, with an outcome that readers will find engrossing, unexpected, and ultimately eye-opening." Midwest Book Review

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INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Melissa Foster

Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on The Women's NestFostering Success, or World Lit Cafe, or attend her annual reader luncheon with the YaYa Writer Girls. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Awards

Megan's Way
2011 Beach Book Award Winner (Spirituality)
2011 Readers Favorite Awards, Winner (Fiction/Drama), Finalist (Women's Fiction) 
2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award, Finalist (Spirituality)
2011 New England Book Festival, Honorable Mention (Spirituality)

Chasing Amanda
2011 Readers Favorite Awards, Winner (Paranormal), Finalist, (Women's Fiction, Mystery)
2011 Dan Poynter's Global eBook Awards, Winner, (Paranormal)
Top 10 Books of 2011, Pixel of Ink
Amazon Top 100 75+ Days running
Indie Reader's Bestselling List That Counts (8 weeks)
Top Books of 2011, The Write Agenda


Come Back To Me

2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist, 

2012 Readers Favorite Awards, Finalist 

2012 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Books Award, Finalist

2011 Dan Poynter's Global Ebook Awards, Finalist 

Top 5 Must Read Books of 2011, IndieReader
Top Ten Books of 2011, Tea Time With Marce
IndieReader Best Reviewed Books of 2011, Huffington Post

 

Website: http://www.MelissaFoster.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Melissa-Foster/240064542695303

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Melissa_Foster

The Women’s Nest, women’s social network: http://www.TheWomensNest.com

World Literary Café: http://www.worldliterarycafe.com

Fostering Success: htto://www.fostering-success.com

Facebook Melissa Foster: http://www.facebook.com/MelissaFosterAuthor (Fanpage)

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3023973.Melissa_Foster



 

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BOOK CLUBS:

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Book your author visit today!

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Everything seems to be going Iian’s way, he has a successful restaurant, a beautiful home, family, and friends. He’s even overcome the loss of his hearing, but why does he still feels like something is missing?

Allison has worked hard to make a name for herself in the art world; now all she wants is peace and quiet to work on her passion. But, with her mother overtaken by illness, she has less time than ever. When everything is stripped away in one tragic blow, and she’s being stalked by a mad-man,
she’ll need the help of her hometown and an old flame, to turn everything around and find what she’s been looking for.

Returning Pride is book three of the Pride Series Romance Novels, a sexy contemporary romance series by Jill Sanders.
Links:
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Jill Sanders survived 80's pop music, and life as an identical twin in a chaotic family of nine.  A feat by any standard!  She was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, relocating to Colorado for college and a successful IT career at IBM in Boulder.

Narrowly escaping before all creativity was squashed, she jumped at the chance to trade the mundane world of computers for the sexy, exciting world of her own imagination.  She now lives in charming rural Texas writing wonderful novels such as the Pride series.

Her debut novel, Finding Pride, was short listed in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards 2013, and has received glowing industry and reader reviews from around the world.  Her latest release is Discovering Pride. Yet another novel, Returning Pride, is slated for July 2013.

To learn more about Jill, visit her website www.jillmsanders.com, where she blogs daily, or follow her on Twitter: @jillmsanders.

 
 

Excerpt – Sins of the Father

There hasn’t been a time I can remember where she wasn’t sick or in pain. As she grew older, her body seemed to take on the shape of a penguin, her back arched, knees bent, and her hands flopped over at the wrists angled towards the floor. Father had to be my rock, since mother couldn’t tend to me the way she used to; her body no longer allowing her to hold or caress me.

I remember the days when she used to cry, her eyes begging me to understand how much she longed to touch me, to place her hand on my face to feel its texture, to smooth her fingers through my hair to braid it.

She couldn’t help me with prom, couldn’t even hold a camera to take a picture. Mother couldn’t even dress herself, the task daunting as her fingers barely moved anymore.

Her arms were frail but littered with little lumps from the nodules underneath her skin. She barely talked or went out into the sun due to the inflammation of her glands in eyes and mouth.

Most often she ate through a straw and even when that became too much, was given an IV drip to keep her fluids up. Father or I applied her eye drops thrice a day to ease the dryness in her eyes.

As I opened the fridge taking out a pack of chicken cutlets, I thought of how important my father has been for both of us. He has attended every ballet recital, spelling bee, soccer event, tennis tournament, acceptance speech, graduation…any monumental element in my life, since mother could not.

And on top of all the excruciating childhood memorials, he still made time to work sixty hours a week, and attend every wellness care, chiropractic and therapeutic doctors visit with mother.

He still made time to help with her daily routine. When the part time nurse we hired needed to leave early or take an extra day off, father would be there to take over. He never let me miss a class, seeing my friends, or school event to care for mother.

It was the guilt that kept me home instead of going to UCLA in California like I wanted. It was the thought of not giving back to the people who cared for me so deeply that kept me home, attending the local Georgetown University so that I could help. 

I got a part time job at Stella’s boutique between Wisconsin Ave and M Street, father’s position in the bank being influential in getting the job.

I was able to have lunch with him sometimes since our jobs were so close, attend my classes, complete the household chores, hang out, work, and be there for my parents. It’s the least I could do, since father gave his life basically, for my mother and me.

It was because of this dedication to our life and family, that when the pounding on the door interrupted my meal preparation, when the police stormed in with big bold letters SWAT on their back, helmets on their heads, guns in their arms pointing here, there, everywhere, that the reality of who and what my father really was didn’t seem plausible.

I denied everything they said. All the accusations were wrong. My father was a sweet, humble, hard working, brilliant, loving husband and father. My father was not a rapist, neither was he a narcissist. He definitely wasn’t a killer, their killer…The Potomac Creek Killer.

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Genre(s)- Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Released- ISBN 1480127973

ISBN 13 9781480127975

Things are seemingly perfect for Hadley Christensen and Dominic Morris. They’re engaged, both of them have promising careers in the medical field, and they’re happier and more fulfilled than they have ever been. When Hadley heads off to work one morning, she realizes things aren't as they seem. While staring into the headlights of a fast approaching oncoming vehicle, life as she knows it is forever altered. Her last breath on Earth is only the beginning. 
 
She isn't about to die.  
 
She is already dead.  
 
No one else knows but they are all dead too. 
 
This powerful realization forces Hadley to leave Dominic behind and exist in another realm. Neither soul handles the painful separation well, nor can their bond be broken. Even in death. Hadley is given the rare privilege to make contact from the other side, desperately hoping to convince her beloved of his true state and ensure they be together once more.  
 
This Morning I Woke up Dead takes you on a journey of discovery as two souls fight against their undeniably difficult situation of being tormented and separated by different realms of existence, proving that those who are destined to be together will not be kept apart by a beating heart.

LINKS FOR PURCHASING

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17622141-this-morning-i-woke-up-dead

http://www.amazon.com/This-morning-woke-Mindy-Larson/dp/1480127973/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363581135&sr=8-1&keywords=this+morning+i+woke+up+dead

http://thismorningiwokeupdead.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ThisMorningIWokeUpDead

 
Tune in to The Works where i will be a featured guest on 3/3/13 @ 6pm.

The Works, with host Keith Williams, is sponsoring its first Annual book month highlighting Authors like myself.

The Blog radio show that provides listeners with information they need to know in order to have a more meaningful and productive life.
Check it out! Also dont forget to tune in 3/3/13 @ 6pm!

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Upcoming Broadcasts 00:30 OBS Talk Show  The Works This is the First Annual Book Month Events begins. Its a project where we pick selected authors to be on the show to interview and showcase they books. This week, we have Krystal Milton, author of Say A Little Prayer.
 
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DWED Reviews Miss Scandalous by Nicole Dunlap


Rating: ***** 5 stars

While I did not get to read book 1 Miss Nobody in the Shaw family series, I did love Miss Scandalous. I can honestly say that even if you do not get to read the first book, it is all neatly wrapped in pretty pink foil paper in Book 2. Nicole has made it very easy to understand the progression of storyline and characters into this new installment of the Shaw Family Series.

It wasn’t hard to grasp the oil & vinegar relationship between Charlene Shaw and her daughter Raven Shaw. Their relationship was very salty, very diluted and very destructive. The lack of trust and love was evident. And even when they tried to repair the damage, to forge together as a united family, the undercurrents of trust issues still kept them apart.

This isn’t your typical mother/daughter relationship. Raven reminded me of a prepubescent adolescent girl who needed a time-out at some points. Yes, she was a grown woman but traumatic events in her past have kept her mind as I had perceived it, in a young state. She tried her best to make decisions that would benefit herself and her young daughter Royael, but she was still pretty much a baby herself.

Although she made me very angry, drinking and being a hot mess when she should be attending to her child, this character Raven is still well defined because her flaws are imminent throughout the book. She has secrets, skeletons in her closet that we get a peak of but are still left holding our breath for more. I understood that she was still healing. Her worst enemy in this book is herself and instead of finding peace within her past and present issues, she is still using the grief of losing her beloved grandfather as an excuse to run amok.

Charlene Shaw I found to be a very double sided person. One minute I related to her and her love for her daughter, the next second she seemed very self centered. And I was not sure if that was because of her career as an actress, as if she was stuck in a role and couldn’t find herself again. She had the world at her feet and yet she still treated her family as if there was a brick wall between them.

Miss Scandalous is a very good story. What I have described here is only a small fraction of the drama and jaw dropping “Oh, no she didn’t” suspense that will make for a great read. I do not want to spoil the experience, but I will tell you I was so angry I couldn’t just vegetate in my bed and just read. My life could not stop so that I could get lost in this book, but oh man did I want to.

Great Job Nicole, this is exactly the kind of books I love to read and I enjoyed the experience immensely. I can honestly say I am biting my nails because I need the next installment, like yesterday lol!

DWED Interviews Nicole Dunlap author of Miss Scandalous

DWED: First, tell us a little about yourself.

I’ve honorarily dubbed myself as “the gumbo genre” novelist because books shouldn’t be lightly seasoned. I write stories with drama, drizzled with suspense, seasoned with romance, and peppered with a few good laughs and an occasional cry. My stories will always revolve around the family unit and most especially mother-daughter bonds as I’m also a counselor. I give guidance to teens dealing with depression, which has given the foundation for Raven’s character. She is the derivative of so many young women’s fears, desires, wants, and depressions.

DWED: Have you always aspired to be a published author?

 I have. But ironically, grammar kinda pushed me away from Creative Writing in college and toward Psychology and Child Development. It wasn’t until I was receiving a Masters in Educational Counseling and couldn’t find a full time job that I set aside my stubborn dislike for misplaced commas–I still can’t spell to well, but blame Microsoft Word–and decided to launch my self-published career. Besides, these characters were swarming around in my head and dying to get out. So it was either them or me.

DWED: Would you say the journey was easy or hard? Why?

Both. The beginning of the journey is easy. Putting fingertip to keyboard has always been fun. The learning of grammar, I’ve decided, will be a lifelong venture. Also, the process of publishing and having my story out into the public is rewarding in itself. You’ll never know how it feels to see so many hours of hard labor being produced and tangible. What’s hard is getting reviews. I haven’t gotten any 2 stars or below, but it is difficult to be scrutinized for what I could’ve did better.

DWED: Who would you say inspired you to write?

 The biggest inspiration in my life is God and the Bible. I find that after I’ve read it, I get a rush of energy. Even though my stories wouldn’t be considered Christian Fiction, they have certain aspects that I’ve learned from my relationship with Jesus. My second biggest influence is for the teens that I counsel. Many of them deal with dejection. They feel like they have to be in a gang or they have to be with that popular guy who doesn’t treat them right. And some go as far to think that their abusive situation is irreparable. Learning from them and helping them has influenced how I write.

DWED: Let’s delve into the book. What started the idea of the Miss Nobody (Shaw family Saga, book 1) & Miss Scandalous (book 2)?

 Working with foster families gave me an insight into how teens feel when they think they’re unloved by their guardians. Sometimes they can’t disconnect themselves from their own parents’ misgivings to understand that there is someone right in front of them who cares. I also work with girls who have the worst boyfriends known to mankind. Raven deals with this issue in book 1. Though her boyfriend, Chris, isn’t as awful as the horror stories that I’ve lived through, I find that some of the teen girls just let life pass them by while being tied down to someone so wrong.

DWED: Was there any negative comments that derived from Raven being in love and producing her half brothers daughter?

 Well, no. I think people were kinda irked out in book 1, until at the end when it is given to the reader, but not to Raven and Jon, that they aren’t related. Most of the Miss Nobody reviews I received about them were from readers who couldn’t wait for them to get back together, no matter what Raven did to his mother, Elise.

DWED: Tell us a little more about Raven and Charlene’s broken relationship. Was it always meant for them to be in such turmoil?

Yes. I don’t write happy endings, my stories border on realism. Charlene began the turmoil in their tense relationship when she abandoned Raven, as a baby, in Miss Nobody. I am showing how a disconnected mother-daughter bond affects all involved from the way that Charlene attempts so desperately to regain Raven’s trust in Miss Scandalous to the way Raven has a fear of abandonment that encompasses her relationship with friends, family and romantic partners. 

DWED: What is something that is not found in both books that the readers should know about both Charlene and Raven Shaw…or will we find out in the next installment?

 I don’t want to give away book 3, Miss Perfect, but throughout each story you should see a progression in their relationship. It is so hard for people to forgive and showing how it can be a lifelong process is really important. You will not like Raven or Charlene at all times, because they are human, they are flawed. Raven will always be a secretive person no matter if her mother or Jon has all their cards on the table. This will lead to the mystery of Miss Perfect. And Charlene, she’ll always be dramatic.

DWED: How crucial did the rape of Charlene Shaw play in her constant mental displacement?

It was a constant in Miss Nobody. I love how dreams have a place in our reality. I don’t think I displayed it so much in Miss Scandalous for Raven, but in Miss Nobody, dreams showed how Charlene hadn’t fully gotten over being raped by Roy Timmon/ Royland Timothy Alder.  It takes years to cope with such trauma, and even then, it can be difficult to truly overcome being raped. Throughout the series her hesitance of herself, the constant self-doubt will slowly wan, except for intense turmoil moments–in which she will resort to drama-mode.

DWED: Is there anything in the book that can be said to relate to your life in some aspect?

 I don’t know how, but some of my life events have correlated with Raven’s. I hadn’t noticed it until reading Miss Scandalous for, maybe, the third time. From being a pregnant teen at the age of eighteen to the fire in book two, yup that happened to me. What’s even more coincidental is my daughter was the same age as Royael when the house fire occurred.

DWED: Can we get a sneak peek into what to expect from the Shaw girls next? Will Charlene’s and Raven’s secrets finally come out into the open?

Miss Perfect will show my constant need to evolve as the “gumbo genre novelist”, in that the story will have more mystery, action, and suspense–I will never leave the drama aspect, though. Actually Raven’s secret will be revealed pretty soon into the story. I know readers like the climax of not knowing, but if as a writer, I hold on to the plot for too long that can bite me in the rear. The secret ain’t gonna be pretty, though and it will lead to a lot of trouble for herself and Charlene because Raven is a hothead.

DWED: What can we look forwards to seeing from you throughout 2013?

I will have Miss Perfect perfected by the end of summer. I am also going to go full mystery action in a standalone novel that I am currently writing for Amazon Episodes. I like to think the story will be like watching a series on Starz or HBO. But the untitled story has proven very interesting which is good, because it sucks to start a story and I can’t even tempt myself to finish.

DWED: What other avenues are you using to promote Miss Scandalous?

I’m exclusively through Amazon Prime, so I’m promoting it to members with Kindle prime who like freebies. When it comes out I will have a book giveaway on goodreads. If anyone wants to sign up, and add me as a friend because I’m not only a writer, I’m first and foremost a reader.

DWED: What would you say to all aspiring authors like yourself?

Believe in yourself. Take the criticism with a grain of salt. And by all means, cross your fingers and hope someone reads and loves your story.

DWED: Is there anything we haven’t covered that you would like your readers and potential readers to know about both your work and yourself?

I’m addicted to pinterest.com I have to boards dedicated to Charlene and Raven, with photos. Add me if you’d like. Also, I like free, so if you do to snatch up my novel Miss Nobody on March 2 or 3rd. It’s been on Amazon Best Sellers paid list for women’s fiction and family dysfunction.

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