Friday, February 21, 2014

The Joneses Tour

7 Questions with Shelia M. Goss and Giveaway

Shelia M. Goss is a national bestselling author and a screenwriter. The Joneses is her seventeenth book in print.

Where are you from and what jumpstarted your writing career?
I am from Louisiana – home of good food and good people (smile). I’m also an alumni of Southern University. I’ve been writing since I was 9 years old. When I was in elementary school, my teachers submitted my poems to Seedlings. In school, I’ve been on the yearbook staff, newspaper, etc. I decided to pursue writing as a career back in 1997. My first book outside of school was actually a collection of poems. It was called Embraced by Love – The Relationship.

Writing was always something that I wanted to do, but I originally had planned on waiting until I retired. After losing my dad and hearing of Princess Diana’s death, it dawned on me that life was too short and I shouldn’t wait to pursue my dreams. So, while I was still working, I would write at night, during my break, at lunchtime, etc. When the right opportunity came, it was just the right time to go ahead and put everything I had into it.

What genre(s) do you write?
I write in multiple genres: women’s fiction, romance, Christian fiction, suspense, young adult, etc.

What is your favorite sort of character?
One that is flawed. No one’s perfect in real life, so the characters in my books aren’t either. They have issues just like a friend, a co-worker or a stranger on the street would have.

What's something about yourself that readers may not know? 
I love to play spades and dominoes. I'm a Virgo and Prince is my all time favorite music artist.

Were there things from “your world” incorporated into this storyline?
I don’t write about my real life. All of my books are fiction; any resemblance to anyone real is purely a coincidence.

What words of advice would you give an aspiring writer?
The best advice I could give an aspiring writer is to write, write, write. Write a complete manuscript, revise, join networking groups and research. Google is a writer’s best friend. When asking questions to other authors, be specific. A generic question like “how can I get my book published?” will not yield you the response that you want. Why? Because there’s no magic formula to getting your book published, but yet, there are many books written on the subject.  Asking specific questions will show that you’ve taken the time to do your research and possibly read some of those books or articles and that you’re serious about the craft of writing.

What's next for Shelia Goss?
2014 is off to a good start. I have several pending projects that I hope to finalize in the first quarter. I'm working on a couple of new books as well as writing a couple of screenplays.  Thirsty-The Movie that's based on one of my original screenplays has a Facebook page. To keep up with the process of what's going on with the movie, be sure to "like" the page:
To keep up with all of my projects, be sure to bookmark my website

About The Joneses:

Keeping up with the Joneses isn’t all it’s made out to be. In this intriguing novel full of drama and plot twists, one family tries to hold on to their “perfect” life before their secrets, lies, and scandals are exposed.

On the outside, the Joneses seem like the ideal family: Royce Jones, a funeral home mogul, and his wife, Lexi, are parents to Charity, Hope, and Lovie—and everybody wants to be them. But it’s true that money can’t buy happiness, and the Joneses are harboring secrets that can’t stay hidden forever…It’s only a matter of time before the Joneses’ perfect life goes spinning out of control. 

Order your copy of THE JONESES from Simon & Schuster ( or purchase from other online retailers such as: 

Available in stores everywhere on February 18, 2014.

More About the Author:  Shelia Goss writes in multiple genres. USA Today says, “Goss has an easy, flowing style with her prose…” She's received many accolades in her career, including being a finalist in the mystery category for the 2013 AA Literary Award Show and a 2012 Emma Award Finalist. Her books have been on several best sellers lists, such as: Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News and Black Expressions Book Club. Shelia loves to hear from readers so feel free to contact her via her website: or follow her on Facebook at or Twitter:


Lexi Jones, one of the main characters, from THE JONESES loves her handbags so it’s just befitting that the grand prize be a handbag.  Contest ends on February 25, 2014.

One (1) random entrant will receive a small Coach handbag {Retail value: $188.00, 10 3/4″(L) x 7″(H) x 3 1/4″(W)} and Bath & Body Works minatures (Retail value: $19.75)

One (1) random entrant will receive an autographed copy of Montana’s Way.

Ten (10) random entrants will receive the electronic version of the book Hollywood Deception.

Open to U.S. & Canada residents only. Avoid where prohibited by law.

To enter please use the rafflecopter form below.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Intrigue...The Trilogy: A Diary, A Thief & A Secret

Chapter One

Don’t they realize I can hear them? Yes, I’m sick, but I’m not dead yet. How could he be so heartless? I can hear them!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

It's Here! In Paperback! "The Trilogy: A Diary, A Thief & A Secret!"

Paperback Now Available!
The Tess Allen romantic suspense bundle, The Trilogy: A Diary, A Thief & A Secret, is a collection of  Allen's novellas "His Wife's Diary (Love Bites)", "The Jewel Thief (Love Bites)", and "The View from Suite 2100." It is available to digital readers at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other digital sites and now is also available in paperback. You can purchase your paperback immediately by clicking HERE and it will soon be available wherever paperback books are sold online or at your favorite store!

If digital is your favorite way to read look for this image!
 Available for Kindle: CLICK HERE
Available for Nook:    CLICK HERE

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Trilogy: A Diary, A Thief & A Secret

It's here! The Tess Allen suspense bundle, a collection of three of her most popular stories in the newest work:

 The Trilogy: A Diary, A Thief & A Secret! 

The Trilogy: A Diary, A Thief & A Secret by Tess Allen is a romantic suspense bundle. Included are three of Allen's best loved works; His Wife's Diary (Love Bites), The Jewel Thief (Love Bites), and The View from Suite 2100. From the edge of your seat revelations in the diary that India Reinhart discovers which she inadvertently purchases at an upscale yard sale, to the hidden drama that unfolds for Jewel Capri as she goes behind the scenes with some terrifyingly enigmatic TV news personalities, to the life ruining secrets that threaten the life and mini-empire of DC power broker Rowena Wilkes, this trilogy delivers!

Available for Nook and Kindle!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

"His Wife's Diary (Love Bites)" by Plovewriter on Ganxy

Monday, July 16, 2012

A Minute With Author Deatri King-Bey

What's Your Name and the title or titles of your books?

 Deatri King-Bey and I’d like to introduce my latest title, Tease, the last book in the Write Brothers Series and the eBox set of the entire Write Brothers series, Sons 4 Sale.

What genre do you normally write in?

  Romance with a good dose of reality.

Could you tell us just a little about yourself?

 I started in the publishing industry over a decade ago as a developmental editor at Third World Press, Inc. the oldest African American owned publishing house in the country. My first published title was released in 2006 and since then I have 15 titles under my belt. On a personal note, I’ve been married 25 years to my hero and we have three beautiful daughters and the three greatest grandchildren EVER.

Will you give us a brief overview of your latest, or if you prefer, your favorite book?

TEASE: After Eva caught her fiancĂ© in bed with her cousin, she swore she'd never be played for the fool again. Now the ultimate bed-hopper—Tyler Write, has set his sights on her and she’s having difficulty resisting him.
Tyler can have any woman except the one he truly wants—Eva Simpson. Smooth lines and sweet talk won't work with her. To have a chance at Eva’s heart, he’ll have to show her who he really is.

Purchase this eBook from Amazon, Barnes & Noble. The print version will be released in a few weeks.

SONS 4 SALE (Write Brothers Series eBox Set): If Gloria Write hears “There are no good Black men…” one more time, she’ll scream. She has four sons who fit the bill and not one is married.  Desperate times call for desperate action. During the course of four novels, Gloria sets out to ensure her sons marry. The eBox set includes all four Write Brother novels.

Purchase the eBox set for $7.99 or each novel for $2.99 from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Are you working on anything new at the moment?

 My current work in progress is Hell Hath No Fury, book II of the dangerously-sexy Black Widow and the Sandman series I write with Curtis Alcutt as L. L. Reaper. By the way, the eBook versions of Black Widow and the Sandman are discounted from $5.99 to $2.99 during the Christmas in July sale I’m participating in.

What one statement would you like to make that you think our audience and your readers might benefit from?

 Learn from your past, prepare for the future, and live in the now.

How can someone follow you if they want to stay abreast of what you are doing?

 Visit my blog at, or twitter @deatrikingbey or @LLReaper

Thank you for allowing me to give insight into myself and novels. I appreciate it and you. Have a fantastic rest of the week.
Deatri King-Bey