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Jade’s favorite pastime…
Jade is a simple creature with complicated tastes. When she’s not immersed in her work, or in a tug-o-war love triangle, there are a few things that she loves to do. She’s a journalist at heart, but her true passion is listening to music.
She learned to appreciate a variety of music at an early age. Her otherwise strict grandmother had an eclectic music collection. Saturday mornings while she cleaned, she would blast Soca & Calypso tunes that reminded her of her Jamaican roots, Aretha Franklin, and even a few salsa tunes. Jade also garnered an appreciation for big band and swing artists from the old black and white films that they used to watch together. She expanded on this interest by joining the school band as a baritone sax player. Every now and then, she pulls out her old horn and blows it out.
In 2002 Jade was 15 years old. Having a social life was a no go, so music became her entertainment. Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, Greenday, and Justin Timberlake performed for her on the regular. Growing up in the heart of Miami, she was no stranger to the heavy bass beats of rappers like Trina, and Trick Daddy. Even though she had to sneak these explicit songs via her iPod earbuds, she spent countless nights in front of her mirror dancing to her local stars.
She also spent most summers in Brooklyn, NY with her Aunt Vivian and cousin Jackie. There she developed a deep infatuation with Hip Hop and Reggae. The Notorious BIG was notably one of BK’s most revered rappers and became Jade’s favorite, his Sky’s the Limit is one of her all time favorites.
Coming into adulthood was a pivotal time in Jade’s life. The passing of her grandmother, when Jade was 18, came as a hard blow to her already sensitive psyche. Besides her best friend Colleen and her then boyfriend/fiance Evan, music was what she used to cope. Faced with the challenges of raising her younger brother, starting college, and entering into her first serious relationship, all while mourning her loss, she needed an escape. She submerged herself in dark and meaningful songs with lyrics she could identify with, and party tunes that allowed her to dance her cares away.
Jade rounds out her musical tastes with a secret love of soulful ballads. Put on some Al Green, Hall and Oates, The Manhattans or even The Isley Brothers and she’s putty in your hand. 😉
Today I’m participating in the Color of Love Blog Hop. My original plan was to discuss my book, Jaded Hearts, and why I decided to write an interracial romance novel. Well, scratch that! I’ve decided to list some of the IR reads that I have enjoyed reading.
50 Shades of Jungle Fever and Exit Strategy by LV Lewis
Don’t be thrown off by the name. What started as a parody turned out to be a sexy, funny, exciting tale of romance between a successful venture capitalist, Tristan White, and a fledgling business owner, Keisha Beale. The relationship between Tristan and Keisha starts off tense, but quickly turns intense. This series is a must read. Here’s the blurb:
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY to the second power meets Keisha and Jada from the Block.
If you’ve wondered how an ethnic girl from the hood might’ve handled an arrangement with an experienced white Dominant, this is your book. If you’d like to see the sexiest TWIN DOMS in a contemporary romance series in interracial relationships, this is most definitely your book.
Aspiring recording studio owners, Keisha Beale and Jada Jameson, score a rare meeting with venture capitalist Tristan White, and are thrust into a world beyond their wildest imaginations.
Street-wise Keisha is startled to realize she wants this rich white man, despite the certainty that he is out of her league. Unable to resist Keisha’s sassy, irreverent, and fiercely independent spirit, Tristan knew from day one he wanted her, too–as his first African American submissive.
Upper Class Jada of the Springfield Jamesons has traveled in almost the same circles as the White brothers, and has had a secret crush on Nathan White, the point guard for the Chicago Bulls, for quite some time.
Both brothers have succumbed to jungle fever, and want a little coffee in their cream.
Lured by Tristan White and his offer of fronting the capital for her business in exchange for kinky sex, Keisha finds herself with no other option. Keisha is also tortured by a demons from her past, and her inability to come to terms with them threatens to undermine the future of her business and her tumultuous, unconventional relationship with Tristan White.
Erotic, amusing, and in places hilarious, the Ghetto Girl Erotica Trilogy is a parody with a unique take on a Fifty Shades-type story that will take you even further into the BDSM world, and promises to make the vanilla original Fifty Shades Blacker.
The first two books focus on Keisha and Tristan’s romance, and the final two focus on Jada and Nathan’s.
Mi Carina and Mi Carino by Sienna Mynx
I must preface this by saying I love hot latin men. With that being said, the hero of this book, Diego, was so hot! Sienna Mynx is a stellar story teller! Here’s the blurb:
There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only passion and all those sinful naughty feelings caught in between. He’s not the man she thinks he is. However, Marcella Garcia is willing to take a chance. Why? Her new lovers desires take her on a passionate and sexual awakening beyond her dreams. Marcella initially convinces herself that sex with no strings is enough. It’s a gamble. When her desires bloom to love the risk becomes a costly mistake.
The Throwaway Year by Pepper Pace
This was a beautiful story. Nuff said. Here’s the blurb:
Hayden Michaels had given six years of her life to MyKell before he informed her that things hadn’t been right for a while. He had met someone else. And that’s when she opened her eyes and saw the mess that she was; financially, emotionally and physically. Never able to maintain the discipline to carry through with any weight loss goal, Hayden makes a bold decision. She will throwaway an entire year of her life; moving towards her goals with no thought of pleasure or pain. As she recreates herself Hayden meets situations and people that help her to realize her worth, namely a man who has been written off by society. But the question becomes whether Hayden can accept the faults of someone else without allowing herself to go backwards?
Jaded Hearts by Olivia Linden
Of course I’m going to talk about my story because I love it. In all the years and out of all the stories I have written, the characters in this book have been the realest to me. It’s currently on sale for .99 cents until November 30th. Here’s one my favorite reviews:
I absolutely loved this book. The way the author brought you into Jade’s world of love, lust, betrayal, forgiveness, etc. This author’s writing is so descriptive and realistic that I feel like I know these characters and are apart of the family. The various dynamics between Jade and the other characters in the book are so well done, I want to be apart of it.
The way she created two men who are complete opposites but are exactly what Jade wants at any given moment. I have recently just re read this book in preparation for the next. I literally cannot wait until the next book to see how it all ends.
This is an amazing for a first time author, for an anytime author really. 5 stars!!!
Color of Love Blog Hop Prizes
1st prize: $50 Amazon GC + 8 ebooks
2nd prize: $30 Amazon GC+ 8 ebooks
3rd prize: $20 Amazon GC + 8 ebooks
4th prize: $10 Amazon GC + 8 ebooks
Here is a list of all the participating Color of Love bloggers. Be sure to check them out!
As part of the Ninety Nine in November promo, Jaded Hearts is on sale for November. Gearing up for the release of Only Her Heart, the sequel to Jade’s story, I’m giving readers a chance to meet the Triple J Triangle with a great deal. If you’ve read Jaded Hearts, get ready! Tell a friend to tell a friend… you get it!
19 Authors have come together to set your Kindle straight for the holidays!
1 month – 23 books – .99 cents!
Please don’t break your 1-click!
What does November mean to you? Football, raking leaves, Thanksgiving, and Black Friday shopping for early Christmas Gifts? Well why wait until Black Friday for a big sale event? Starting November 1st, the Ninety Nine in November sale lasts all month!
C’mon and take advantage of grabbing up some of these sexy, steamy, and thrilling page turners, and meet some new authors.
My #SexySaturday post is a snippet
from my novel, Jaded Hearts.
In this scene, Jade has just left Julian on the dance floor to regroup after a scorching kiss. She’s never reacted to a man the way she does to Julian and it scares her because she seems to lose all control whenever he’s around. She’s hiding out in the women’s bathroom, trying to get a grip on her revved up libido. Continue reading