His Final Deal by Theresa A. Campbell

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Raymond Brown, popularly known as Smooth Suave, is one of Jamaica’s biggest drugs lords. With eight children by six baby mommas and counting, he’s a player for life. A true baller, he lavishes in his wealth. He’s a shot caller with “soldiers” wheeling and dealing all over Jamaica. It’s Suave’s world, and everyone else just lives in it . . . or so he thinks.

However, his nemesis, King Kong, sees it differently. Rivals since childhood, King Kong is hell-bent on destroying Suave at any cost. As the war over power, drugs, and money intensifies—from Wilton Gardens (Rema) to Arnett Gardens (Jungle)—bodies are dropping like flies, washing the island of paradise in blood.

But it is the murder and kidnapping of two of Suave’s loved ones that bring him to his knees. Being framed for murder, hunted by the cops, pursued by his enemies, betrayed by friends, tormented by a horrid secret, and fighting to protect his family and empire, Suave is nearing his breaking point. Yet, he isn’t going down without a fight.

Voilà! Suave makes a deal to eradicate his enemies—but if it backfires, it could very well cause him his own life. Then God counteroffers Suave’s deal with His own—one that will undoubtedly give Suave the victory he needs but requires him to give up his drug empire and turn his life over to the Lord. With his motto being, “I don’t do God,” will Suave accept God’s deal or take the risk of his own deal?

About the author:

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Theresa A. Campbell is the author of the captivating novels, “Are You There, God?” and “God Has Spoken.” She was born and raised in Jamaica West Indies. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baruch College, and a master’s degree in business administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Theresa has had a deep passion for reading since she was a child. It is her desire to inspire readers by writing stories from the heart to uplift their faith in God.

Theresa would love to hear from her readers. You may contact her at:
http://www.theresaacampbell.com
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Author’s Prelude from the book Pum Pum, from the pen of Ni’cola

Being a Jamaican national, but growing up in the United States, I always felt out of place. Whenever we went back home to Jamaica, my family members would say that I chat like a Yankee (spoke like an American) and was a fake Yaude… In America, especially the West Side of Las Vegas (the hood), where back in the 80’s there were very few West Indian people. My friends and their parents, would shun almost everything about my heritage. From the food we ate, the way that we spoke, to the way I could wind my hips when I danced. The constant ridicule made me embarrassed of my roots, my upbringings. It made me hate it whenever my Mother would blast the Calypso music from the floor model stereo in our living room and my step father would stand in the door way dancing for our neighbors. I began hating who I was and practiced to speak American and tried to become someone that I was not. I felt like no one understood me except my best friend Steeve Washington. He embraced my culture with open arms, and would come over and dance and learned how to chat Jamaican Patois, a dialect that is also known as Jamaican Creole by linguists. (It is an English-based creole language with West African and Spanish influences.)

It wasn’t until the movie How Stella Got Her Groove Back in the 90’s, which was depicted from the book by Terry McMillian that being from Jamaica finally became cool.  This is when dancehall singers like Patra, Shabba, and Spragga Benz became popular. Now all my friends and American born cousins, were asking me to teach them how to dance like that.

Then in 1997, when my all-time favorite independent Jamaican film Dancehall Queen came out, my love and respect for my country grew even more. This movie told a story of a struggling single mother, who worked as a street vendor while trying to raise her two daughters. She had a man that offered her household money, in exchange he wanted her teenage daughter, a neighborhood thug that was after her brother, and the most important issue, her lack of money.

This is when she decided to take matters into her own hands and create this dancing celebrity that competed for cash prizes and became the dance hall queen. This movie made me become fascinated with the story of real dance hall queens, and I began researching them. I never knew that 15 years later, I would be writing a story inspired by them and their everyday struggles and journeys.

So in 2013 I began writing my story of the dance hall queen, but kept getting stuck. It didn’t seem authentic to me. Yes I was born on this island, but I was raised in America. So I changed the story up some. I decided to write the story from the perception of my oldest daughter Destani’s biggest fear. That one day immigration was going to snatch me up, and deport me back to Jamaica.  Even adding that element to the story, it still felt like it was missing something, so I again, I put the book to the side.

It wasn’t until July of 2013 when I heard the story of Dwayne Jones, a homeless transgender 16 year old boy that was murdered on the streets of Montego Bay during an Anti-LGBT attack. Not only was this child murdered, for wearing female clothing, but he beaten, stabbed, shot, and run over by a car. When I heard of this story, I was not only horrified, because this baby was the same age as my child, but it baffled me that no one was charged for his arrest because Jamaica is one of the 70 out of 195 countries in the world that still honors the buggery law. This law, also known as the sodomy law which outlaws “unnatural” and immoral sex which includes: anal, oral, and bestiality.

So I added this component in the book as well. Now that I told you where I came up with the concept of this book, I want you to understand one thing.  Yes there are many social issues in this book from  deportation, LGBT, and being a dancehall queen, but I the main objective that I want you as the reader to get from this book is to not judge. You may not agree with one’s lifestyle, their background, their belief system, or who they want to be intimate with, but it is not for you to agree. If we all agreed on everything, we would not be human species that God put us on this earth to be. So with that being said, I hope that you enjoy this book. After all the time that I have spent on it, I can honestly say, it has grown to be one of the best books that I have written. Sit back and enjoy!

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FREE FREE FREE! from the pen of Ni’cola

Hello all!

I am excited about my upcoming release, Love Don’t Walk Away…People Do.  I am so excited, that on Monday February 25, 2013, I am giving away the first chapter for absolutely free!

Please take the time and download your copy today, and tell me what you think! Get your copy now! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BKFNY2K

0985182148Sunny, a young attractive choreographer, is attempting to make a name in the industry. Upon attending a youth basketball game she has a chance encounter with DeVe’, an entertainment manager looking to manage the next star on the horizon. The two women decide to become partners on the way to the top and over time they become friends.

Besides being young and naive in the entertainment industry, Sunny and DeVe’ have one other thing in common which can be an asset as well as a hindrance. They are both very gorgeous woman in an industry that sees them as nothing more than sex objects to be dismissed when real business is being discussed. During their rise to the top, both women face issues in the industry that seems to be more and more cut throat, so that is what they must become to gain respect. Issues come about as they try to stay consistent in their careers and at the same time hold on to their personal relationships.

From the pen of Ni’cola comes a story of two determined women who must manage their careers alongside their personal lives. During this journey, each woman experiences love and lost, heart-ache and pain, judgments and labels, as they find out that love is not the factor that walks away, people do.

2012 Conversation with New York Times best-selling; and Award-Winning Author Omar Tyree

Hello everyone! I am so excited that I had the opportunity to interview New York Times best-selling and Award-Winning Author Omar Tyree.  Not only is he an innovator and one of the literary greats of African-American fiction, I have the honor of calling him a great friend.

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Omar Tyree, is a New York Times best-selling author, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and a Phillis Wheatley Literary Prize recipient who has published 19 books, including 16 novels, and has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. With a degree in Print Journalism from Howard University in 1991, Tyree has been recognized as one of the most renown contemporary writers in American. He is also an informed and passionate speaker on community-related topics, urban literacy and entrepreneurship.

“From now on, with ebooks, I know that every story can now be sold. There’s no longer a limitation on what I can write or publish.”

“Alive, Well & Still Hustling”

A 2012 Conversation with New York Times best-selling & Award-Winning Author

 Omar Tyree

 

Ni’cola Mitchell: So what gave you the idea to write a detailed book like “Corrupted” about the publishing industry?

Omar Tyree: Frustration [Laughs]. I’ve been trying to break into the film business for years now, because I want my ideas to be seen and more than just read. I could already see that the competition in the black publishing game was getting steep. And I no longer had urban book ideas, because I had written them all. So as my story ideas began to fall farther outside of the urban marketplace, I knew that there would be repercussions for no longer writing what the people want. The entire black publishing industry was feeling that pressure. The next thing you know, I was out of the business, like several other black writers. We’re all being forced to adapt to the new readership or die. So I decided to pull together a book that explains exactly what’s going on in the publishing industry from several different perspectives.

NM:And why put it out as an ebook?

OT: It was the safest to do economically. I had started off self published years ago, back in the early 1990s, but since then, I’ve seen dozens of book stores go out of business and distribution companies fold. So there was no way in hell that I was going to print a book and deal with the limited resources of trying to sell it. And then you guys started [@ NM] talking to me about what you were doing with ebooks, and I said, “What the hell. Let me try this ebook route.” The ebook route also gave me an opportunity to publish “Corrupted” with one chapter at a time, while I was still writing it. I could have never done that in traditional publishing. So here we are; I have a no-holds-barred and an insider’s book on the publishing industry that was published in a unique way. And this book is classic in the sense that no publisher would touch it. The industry didn’t think that it would sell or that anyone wanted to read about publishing.

NM: Were you afraid at all about the possible backlash from the publishing industry? How honest is this book?

OT: You know what, a few friends of mine brought that up to me when I first talked about publishing “Corrupted” in the early summer of 2011, but that was never a concern of mine. When I was at Simon & Schuster for more than a decade, they made it very clear that they were in the business of publishing books, and as long as the books were good or deemed to make them money, they would be willing to publish it. So as long as you have a book idea that publishers feel will do well on the market, if you can get it in the hands of the right person or editor, you can still get it published. So I don’t worry about that. And this book is as honest as it can get without being based on any one person. It’s a compilation of various publishing issues.

NM:So what’s next for the brand of Omar Tyree?

OT: Oh boy! Once I found out how well this ebook market can work, the sky is the limit now. I just published “Insanity” in ebook this summer in 4 parts. It’s a crazy housewife story that I couldn’t find a publisher for. And the numbers started to jump off the wall. I was like, “Damn!” And I still have the last 2 parts to post. But now I know for sure that I can publish whatever I want. From now on, with ebooks, I know that every story can be sold. There’s no longer a limitation on what I can write or publish. And that’s big time, because I have plenty of old stories that I was hesitant to write, and a lot of ideas that I didn’t know how to sell.

 

NM: Like what?

OT: Like “The Traveler” my up and coming international thriller series. Publishers didn’t know what to think of it. It’s like a new “James Bond” idea, but instead of the guy being a spy, he’s a regular dude who inherited a lot of money, and who travels the world, while getting into trouble trying to help people. It was an idea that I’ve had for years. But the publishers were like, “How are we gonna put this out? Your audience is not an international audience.” And they were right. My audience was mainly young, black and urban. So I wanted to build a new audience for “The Traveler” series but no publisher wanted the workload or the risk involved until I found Koehler Books. Now we’re gonna roll this introduction out in January [2103] and build the audience month by month @ TheTravelerBooks.com. The marketing and execution is all by design. And we want to be very inclusive with the audience and listen to what they have to say.

NM: Very interesting. Good luck with that. But are you ever going to publish traditional books again?

OT: Oh yeah, definitely! In fact, Koehler Books is a traditional publisher. It was just my idea to publish “The Traveler” back story “No Turning Back” as an ebook to build up the audience from January to August first, before publishing the first traditional book in the series called “Welcome to Dubai” in September or October. That gives us plenty of time to build anticipation for the book. And I’m excited as ever about it! Each year I’ll pick a new country to travel to, study, and then write a new thriller about; including Johannesburg in South Africa, Shanghai in China and Rio De Janeiro in Brazil. So if you can’t travel there, buy “The Traveler” series of books and let me take you.

NM: Okay, but what about your established urban audience? Are you still gonna be retired from them like you spoke about a few years ago?

OT: You know what, I got a lot of flack for talking about the pigeonhole of urban, street lit books. But “Insanity” hits that group hard now, with a Baltimore backdrop and plenty of sex. And I have a new short story series called “Unleashed” that I’ve been holding back for years now. It’s all provocative short stories that folks may think I’m crazy for writing. But I didn’t want to publish stuff like that without having something like the “The Traveler” to balance things out. I don’t want to be known as a shock writer just to keep people reading my work in this day and age. But now that I have these new ebooks, I’m thinking about making categories of Omar Tyree, where I can be as versatile as I really am. You know I wrote a vampire story called “Human Heat; The Confessions of an Addicted Vampire” in “Dark Thirst” [Google It]? The vampire was addicted to virgin blood. So I can write all kinds of books if given the venue for it.

NM: Wow! Categories of Omar Tyree. That’s interesting, because your books have hit a lot a different subjects, even voodoo and horror with “Leslie” and business takeovers with “Pecking Order” …

OT: Yeah, I’ve already thought a lot about it. Since some people only like to read certain things, I can give them a guide of my work with Red for hot and off the chain, urban; Blue for cool, calm and intellectual; Yellow for free-wheeling, fun and comical, Black, for deep, dark and dismal; White for my the mainstream and crossover; and Purple for just … new, weird shit. I’ve even been thinking about writing zombie books. So my mind is gone. And now you get a chance to read me going crazy, like the greatest, Stephen King [Laughs].

NM: So how would you categorize “Corrupted”?

OT: Ahhh … [Thinking] Wow! It’s kind of inbetween. It’s Red and urban, Blue and intellectual, and White with a lot of crossover appeal to it. So you just strewed up my categories already [Laughs].

NM: I didn’t mean to. But okay, we look forward to all of it. It sounds like you have a lot going on …

OT: Yeah, so make sure you check back in with me every 3 months or so. But for right now, we still have “Corrupted,” “Insanity” and then “The Traveler; No Turning Back” on the way out for January.

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Find out more about Mr. Tyree:  http://www.omartyree.com/

Having That Window Seat

Since January of 2009, my life has changed drastically. It wasn’t like I didn’t already have a busy schedule.  I was a recent college graduate, a Mom, a full-time employee, and part-time cheer coach. I just had to add another moniker to my belt.  I   became an author.  My first title Over and Over Again, was going to be released in July, and I was nervous, anxious, and most of all overwhelmed.  Just like every other new author, I wanted the world to know about my book.  I started researching book events locally and nationwide and created a pre-release tour.  In the next seven months I was all over the place taking pre-orders of my book for 10 bucks, with only post cards, book marks, a framed poster sized image of my cover, and xeroxed copies of the first chapter. That’s it.  This may sound funny to some, but I actually sold over 800 copies before my book was available in stores!

I traveled from Los Angeles to New York, and many cities in between.  I was literally in an airport every two weeks.  I would fly out on a Friday evening after work, and would come back home Sunday night so that I would be back in time to prepare my children and myself for the week ahead.  I would make sure that when I booked my flights, I would take the time and pick my seat.  I would ensure that I had a window seat so that I would have an opportunity to rest on the plane.  Touring weekends would always be so hectic to me.  I would get off the plane, get dressed in the airport, and be on my way.  Since I had to make sure that I was getting the most exposure in each city; I would over book myself.  Outside of whatever major book event that I was scheduled to attend; I would go to local radio stations, beauty salons, and book stores.  I would try to book a signing in as many places in that city as I could.  This is why my window seat became so vital to me. By Sunday evening I was exhausted and only had those couple of hours on the plane to rest.

Recently, I spent some time in Atlanta, Georgia.  This trip was gong to be little different, because I had a travel companion returning home with me; my two year old niece Remiya. At first, I was skeptical on how this flight was going to be because I would have the baby with me.  I am usually flying solo, or with my publicist and I was really apprehensive.  I was mentally trying to prepare myself on keeping her busy and/or asleep on the flight.  I knew that I was not going to get any rest, and I didn’t, but not because of my fears of traveling with a toddler.

My fears of the baby being restless and loud quickly disappeared as soon as we took off.  Remiya was actually the total opposite.  She sat in my lap staring out the window quietly watching everything.  She was so excited and totally in awe.  She would stare out the window for long moments at a time and then exclaim: “Ti Ti Nick!” (that is what she calls me lol) “look at the clouds! We are far! Oh Ti Ti Nick! They are so pretty!”

At first I thought she was just being cute, and started taking pictures of her to share with her Mom, but then I noticed that she was really observing the clouds.  She found shapes and the faces of her brother and sisters in the clouds.  She would grab my cheeks with both of her little chubby hands and make me look out the window as well.   She wanted me to see what she was seeing and it wasn’t long before I too became lost in the clouds.

Traveling with my niece, was actually therapeutic for me.  She made me look at flying from a totally new perspective. I am still going to make sure that I have my window seat.  I am still going to use my flying time to catch up on some much needed rest, but not before I take a couple of moments to look out the window, watch the clouds, and reflect.

My niece Remiya, in the airport and observing  the clouds on our flight back to Vegas