Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Bringing to Light - Name before the Masses Virtual Book Tour for Golden Shana: The Chase, an Erotic Romantic Suspense by A P Von K'Ory


An evening at the La Scala in Milan twirls the lives of five people into a web of rivalry, intrigues, heartaches, obsession, murder, loss, and revenge.


“… for those who love selective eroticism with substance. An exciting and sophisticated erotic thriller for the astute romance reader, woman or man.”


Love, a word Roman can hardly spell, hits him when he sees Shana one evening. She’s the first woman not dropping to her knees at his mere presence. Used to getting whatever he wants, he chases her. Only to discovers that she prefers the girls. Roman can’t let that deter him. But is he for once up against his own comeuppance? At any rate, he needs assistance, which comes in the form of Alyssa, Shana’s BFF. Trouble crops up when Alyssa is all too ready and willing to drop on her knees for him.


Roman can't get anywhere near Shana on his own. Would he start anything with Alyssa as long as this finally leads him to meet Shana in person?


Then there’s Marie, his current companion, who has a life-changing surprise for him.


Roman: I never chased after a woman. Then I caught a glimpse of the woman I would kneel for, but didn’t even know her name. Heck, I determined to find her if it took me the rest of my life.


Shana: He stood in the room with her. The frisson in the currents freaking between them knocked her senseless. The mutual force of predator and prey, blasting into her core ... her soul ... Danger. Keep far away from him

Was it love I felt for Svadishana? A woman I’d spoken three whiny words – Please call me! – to? Was it more than simple lust and desire? Did I want to possess more than just her body? Pondering these questions alone was so unlike me. That woman had turned me into an alien even unto my own self. What I felt, my inner voice said, was more than the thrill of the hunt. More than lust, desire, need, passion, the excitement of possession, and subjugation. Of course all that was part of it. But the basis or the source, the seedbed on which all that sprouted and was growing to full blossom in me, could well be something else.

When I thought of her, saw her image from Milan in my mind, watched how she moved in long smooth strides in YouTube, my brow beaded with sweat. I couldn’t pull my gaze away from the few photos I’d fished out of the Internet. Group photos at a family birthday or the authorized biography of her father. Her movements in a YouTube conference clip were springy and powerful even in their smoothness. She exuded strength all over the place, laughing, talking, gesticulating.


A breath-taking beauty. Such beauty that I dared not believe it at times.


And brains to go with it.


In love or not, I knew what I wanted and Svadishana was the answer. I wanted her and would do anything short of suicide to get her. Who knows – perhaps when it came to that as the only means available, I’d really murder too. I didn’t in the least care about the consequences, as long as they got me to where I wanted to get to.


Svadishana’s arms and knickers and… heart?


What obsession, Roman. Get back to real.


No chance. Real was Svadishana.


6 Questions to Define Your Characters: 
My Take by A P Von K’Ory

As writers we’re familiar with the five basic elements in every story: character, setting, plot, conflict and resolution. Writer Lekic suggests six questions all writers should ask themselves to help them better define their characters. I used them to a great extent in writing Shana and Roman’s story in the Golden Shana Series. Below is my take.

1. Why is the character unhappy with his or her current life? I tend to do the contrary – I make the character as happy as a lark, to start with, then find a way to mess up that joy thoroughly and have them go through all the nasty processes in order to figure out how to achieve that sublime happiness again. This is what I do with Shana and Roman in the Golden Shana Series.


2. What does the character want to happen to change his or her circumstances? When I get Shana and Roman to meet for the first time, I intentionally make their meeting place the world’s most famous and revered opera house, La Scala in Milan. This very symbol of culturedness, success, elitism and wealth becomes the kickoff of their beautiful and carefree life suddenly making them aware that they have feelings, emotions deeper than spectacular opulence and comfort. I want them suddenly confronted with their abject internal poverty. That constituted a more compelling challenge to me (and my protagonists) than the well-trod rugs-to-riches. I wanted a figurative riches-to-rugs story.


3. Why hasn't the character done so already? In Shana and Roman, I create two people who have never really known basic unhappiness in an existential sense. Their wealth and social standing offer them joy, pleasure, privilege and power. Until they meet and are confronted with a new state of being: the lack of those privileges and power in their internal well-being. From the fairytale castle right into the sinister forest they can’t escape for all the trees and lack of experience.


4. What steps must the character take to achieve his or her goal? In my story, Roman’s first reaction is his usual Alpha billionaire I-get-whatever-I-want. When this strategy fails he realizes he needs to change tack. When that, too, fails and he still can’t walk away and forget his goal, he realizes he’s up against a totally different “need” deep within him that demands he recognizes it and changes himself in order to reach his goal. The zillionaire Shana, on the other hand, has her demons when it comes to men. She, too, has to recognize that there are men, other than precious Pappa and her brothers, who are trustworthy and full of honourable intentions. She has to come to terms with the fact that the infamous global womanizer and Europe’s heartthrob, Roman Castell, is capable of genuine love. She has to learn to relinquish control and accept the important bond of fealty and loyalty to a man outside her family.


5. What stands in his or her way? Each writer has to decide on this in accordance with their story and plot. I can’t reveal all of mine here for fear of the infamous plot spoiler alert!


6. What will motivate the character to persevere? And here we come (miraculously!) to the resolution, which takes us full circle back to the where we began: Why the character is unhappy, and what he or she is willing to sacrifice in order to be happy. How they do this brings in the suite of conflicts and constitutes the story.

A P Von K’Ory
A P Von K’Ory writes the kind of books she herself would like to read and is passionate about, whether romance, psychological thriller or nonfiction. She is the winner of six awards from four continents, the last one being the Achievers Award for Writer of the Year 2013 in the
Netherlands. The Selmere Integration Prize was awarded her in 2014 for her engagement in helping African Women in the Diaspora cope with a variety of domestic and social problems. The Proposal, a short story, won the Cook Communications first prize in 2010 and is published in an American anthology Africa 2012. In 2012, she won the Karl Ziegler Prize for her commitment to bring African culture to Western society in various papers, theses, and lectures. Again in 2012, her book Bound to Tradition: The Dream was nominated for the 2012 Caine Prize by the Author-me Group, Sanford, and in 2013 she was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize.

Von K'Ory is married to an aristocrat and politician of Franco-German descent, has a large extended family. She lectures Economics and Sociology in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. She’s migratory and – weather willing – lives in Germany, France, Cyprus, and Greece.


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Monday, October 11, 2021

A Resource to Tackle Loneliness in Older Adults

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When you are over sixty, you have gained more wisdom than you had in your thirties, forties, and fifties. Moreover, when you reach this milestone, there is more to learn and share with others of all generations. This is where Sixty and Me comes in, acknowledging that life becomes better as you get older.

Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me, a community of 500,000 women over 60.

Sixty and Me was created to help other women her age to live happy, healthy, and financially secure lives. Her desire is to help the women in the community to find profitable work, stay healthy, and develop a positive mindset about this amazing period of their lives.

For additional information, please visit their site at https://sixtyandme.com/start/ that also includes a YouTube video about “Sixty and Me."

Monday, October 04, 2021

News for Travelers

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News from Travel Noire

Be Prepared To Pay Up To $120 Per Person To Leave The Maldives In 2022 - Looking to travel to the Maldives in 2022? Be prepared to come out of pocket if you want to get back home. The new fee schedule begins January 1, 2022Learn More→


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5 Things You Likely Didn't Know About Côte d'Ivoire - How much do you know about the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire? The West African nation is much more than just the native land of soccer star Didier Drogba. It is also home to over 60 ethnic groups and has 78 different languages that are spoken. Learn More→


Inside The Upcoming Black Food And Wine Fest Honoring The Harlem Renaissance" - The 20s were Black people's time. We were so regal, and I have always wanted to do something to honor our story in that time. Man, what a time to be alive!" Learn More→


You'll Soon Be Able To Fly Non-Stop From NYC To Senegal Thanks To Air Senegal - Air Senegal will be the only African carrier to offer direct flights between Senegal and the US. US-based carrier, Delta Air Lines, flies between New York JFK and Dakar. Learn More→

Rio de Janeiro's New Year's Eve Celebration Is Coming Back This Year - After being postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro's New Year's Eve celebration — the largest in the world— is back. Learn More→

New Travel App 'Elude' Matches Travelers With Trips That Fit Their Budget - While the app offers personally curated itineraries based on travelers' interests and preferences, the main feature setting Elude apart from other travel booking platforms are its 'budget-first search engine'. Learn More→

News from Traveling Vineyard

Host a Wine Tasting - Get your friends together for a wine taste—the perfect excuse for connecting, making memories, and learning something new. From the complimentary wine to the amazing discounts, the deals are delicious. Top it with fun and a little splash of wine 101, and your glass will be FULL. Schedule a Tasting.

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News from Camperguide


Ray Mayfield of Camperguide shares an informative guide on Travelling Solo, which you can find here 

Monday, September 27, 2021

Virtual Book Tour Spotlight - Something Lost by Bernadette Marie


GENRE: Contemporary Romance




Saying goodbye is sometimes the beginning.

Craig Turner was Coach Diaz’s star player, back in the day. He was held in high regard, until he broke the rules and dated the coach’s daughter. Young and stupid, his affection for her lasted until graduation, and then it was time to face the real world--but his love for her would never leave him.


Rachel Diaz became who her father wanted her to be, a well educated, well traveled, successful woman, but she holds a well full of secrets from the outside world. As a high school therapist, she uses her past traumas to help others overcome their own.


When the Fabulous Five arrive at Coach Diaz’s funeral, to pay their respects, a rekindling happens between them all—and between Craig and Rachel.


Is Rachel woman enough to face her demons and is Craig man enough to accept them? Or will their encounter be as brief as the affair they had a decade ago, behind her father’s back?


"Dr. Olivia Chasen,” Santa’s jolly baritone popped her mental fuzzy bubble.


She stopped as she struggled to whirl around. “Me?” She touched her chest with a dramatic flourish she didn’t know she possessed.


A powerful spotlight illuminated her; its heat burned her already flushed face.


She pressed a clammy palm to her chest. “How do you know my name?” The haze in her mind was paralyzing all cognitive function.


“My dear girl,” Santa chuckled, “you should know by now that Santa knows everything and everyone,” he tapped an index finger to his temple.


Santa Claus turned to address the waiting line. “Girls, Boys, Moms, Dads, everyone, if you don't mind waiting for a brief moment, I'd like for Olivia,” he pointed a white gloved finger at her, “to please come up here on stage, and tell me what she wants for Christmas.”


She stood dumbfounded as the audience and the people in line clapped and chanted her name, “Olivia! Olivia! Olivia!”


Oh no! What was she going to do? She couldn’t possibly go up onto that stage. She was far too shy to address a theater full of people.


But if she didn’t go that would be so unexciting and so like the old Olivia.


But she wasn't unexciting! She was the new Olivia, and she was exciting! And she wanted to have fun! Correction: She was determined to have fun. Besides, she’d never see these people—her fellow passengers—ever again.

Bernadette Marie

Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in 2011. Since then she has authored and published over thirty-five books. The married mother of five sons promises romances with a Happily Ever After always…and says she can write it because she lives it.

Obsessed with the art of writing and the business of publishing, chronic entrepreneur Bernadette Marie established her own publishing house, 5 Prince Publishing, in 2011 to bring her own work to market as well as offer an opportunity for fresh voices in fiction to find a home as well.

When not immersed in the writing/publishing world, Bernadette Marie and her husband are shuffling their five hockey playing boys around town to practices and games as well as running their family business. She is a lover of a good stout craft beer and might have an unhealthy addiction to chocolate.


Bernadette Offers Five Tips to Romance in Marriage


It’s amazing quickly a romantic relationship can become stale when marriage vows are taken. It’s not that a couple no longer pines for the other, but life quickly will get in the way when a couple wakes each morning together. It’s imperative to remember what made the relationship spark in the beginning and bring that to the marriage. It won’t happen without thinking about it, especially with careers, in-laws, and eventually children mixed in. Here are five great tips to keeping that spark in a relationship, especially after marriage.


  1. Remember to use the words I love you in their full context. Love you can easily replace the sentiment, but without the I, it doesn’t apply the same.


  1. Always remember, even during an argument, never leave your partner without letting them know how much you care. You never know if those might be the last words you get to say to them.


  1. Love notes tucked into lunches, bags, drawers, etc. are always fun to find. It let’s one partner know the other was thinking of them.


  1. Compliment your partner every day. It’s important to let them know you notice them.


  1. Say Thank you. Yes, chores around the house should be done by both partners equally, but it’s okay to say thank you for the mundane things as well as things they go out of their way to do.


Though some of my tips might not seem romantic, knowing your partner thinks about you and appreciates you is key to keeping that romance in a marriage. 









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Monday, September 20, 2021

Trailer for King Richard Staring Will Smith

One of the greatest honors as an actor is to be able to celebrate someone’s legacy while they are still here creating it. Will Smith has gotten to do it a few times in his career playing Chris Gardner and Muhammad Ali, and every time it is a fulfilling and expansive experience beyond compare. So now, he is proud to show you the entire first trailer for King Richard, the story of the man who introduced the world to @Venus Williams and Serena Williams. The origin story for some REAL DEAL superheroes!! Thank You Venus, Serena, Isha, Lyndrea, Yetunde, Oracene and Richard for letting us share your story with the World! See you on Nov 19 in theaters and @HBO Max!

In theaters and @HBO Max! on November 19, 2021

Monday, September 13, 2021

News for Travelers

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News from Travel Noire

How Well Do You Know These 7 Little-Known Caribbean Islands? - There are multiple other Caribbean islands you may never have heard of that deserve some shine as well. See how many you know on this list and consider them for your next getaway.at to speak to the victim again. Learn More→


Rent A Private Swimming Pool This Summer Using This App - No pool? No problem. Swimply is a marketplace that allows owners of underutilized swimming pools to rent them out for an hourly fee. Learn More→


There's A Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Shuttle Near Austin, Texas And It Goes To 18 Wineries For Less Than $40 - In order for more people to enjoy their day without worrying about transportation, this company created a route that visits each of the 18 wineries and vineyards in the area. Learn More→


8 Over-The-Top Luxury Villas In Mexico For A Girls' Trip - As far are you're concerned, 2020 didn't count. Nope. You're wiping it from memory. You want a do-over. A fresh start. And you've decided it's time for a girl's trip, and the best place to facilitate that is in Mexico. Learn More→


Skip The Flamingos And Do These Activities When In Aruba - While most flock there to snap their Instagram worthy photos with the flamingos, we wanted to put you on to a few other visit-worthy attractions on the island. Learn More→


Where To Find African And Caribbean Food in Mexico City - If you're curious about how African and Caribbean cuisine takes shape in Mexico, try any one of these popular restaurants that can be found in the country's capital. Learn more →   


Visiting Mexico? Try These Traditional Mexican Desserts - Dessert is also a huge part of the Mexican gastronomy scene. From Arroz con Leche to sopaipillas, here are some of the Mexican desserts you won't want to miss out on while on vacation. Learn more →   


State Of Tennessee Giving Away 10,000 Flight Vouchers Through Tourism Campaign - Tennessee will pay for 10,000 flight vouchers in an effort to boost tourism to the state as part of its Tennessee On Me initiative. Learn More→


You Can Experience An African Safari In Atlanta, Here's How - Visitors will be able to see zebras, rhinos, giraffes, elephants, and lions up close inside of a 30,000-square-foot venue designed to provide the full African safari experience. Learn more 


Looking To Impress? These Are The Perfect First Date Locations In Atlanta - There's a science to picking out the perfect first date location. You need to ensure the vibe is right yet romantic, that it's exciting but not too loud, and that there's something to keep the conversation going just in case nerves settle in. That's why ATL is perfect. Learn more → 


15 Of The Best Caribbean Restaurants in Atlanta - If you're looking to enjoy some island cuisine, we've compiled a list of some of the best Caribbean restaurants in Metro Atlanta and surrounding areas. Learn more →   


Rio Carnival Is Returning In 2022, Everything You Need To Know - After months of discussion, Rio de Janeiro Carnival, one of the world's most popular party events, will resume in 2022. It is scheduled to be held between Feb. 26 and March 1. Learn More→


5 Of The World's Most Beautiful Blue Cities To Visit - There are several amazing azure-hued cities around the world, some you may not have heard of. These are the must-see blue cities on our list. Learn More→


World's Best Airlines 2021: Qatar Airways Number One, American Airlines Misses List - Qatar Airways ranked first as world's best airline company, beating out previous winner Air New Zealand, which has topped the list six times over the past several years. Learn More→

The Maldives' Soneva Fushi's Signature Activities Should Be On Your Bucket-List - The Soneva Fushi experience is an otherworldly getaway where families and adult friend groups can expect the dream bucket-list vacation of a lifetime. Learn More→


The Inside Scope from Harriett Lewis


Top 10: Most popular 2022 adventures for solo women travelers - Already, 24,000 solo travelers have made reservations for 2022. To accommodate demand, we have increased our single space by 76% over 2019.  Find out which adventures are the most popular with solo travelers—and see how many solo travelers have reserved each one.