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Literary Spotlight: Homie, Lover, Friend by Shawn Thompson

 

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2017 is starting off with authors dropping phenomenal books and Shawn Thompson’s newest work is no different! His novel Homie, Lover, Friend is a contemporary look at the relationships of real people with real issues. He touches on the issues of homosexuality, black hypersexuality and the hardships of a working woman. If the storyline doesn’t sound like Being Mary Jane and Empire rolled into one! I got a chance to talk with Shawn Thompson about the novel and all the tantalizing storylines.

What inspired you to write Homie, Lover Friend?

My novel “Homie. Lover. Friend.” was inspired by events in my own life regarding love and relationships as well as the actual song that was created by R. Kelly in the 90’s. My goal was to depict what life is like for twenty somethings in the world we live in today. Being in my twenties, I have gained experience in the art of love and loss, also struggling with what it truly means to have a “Homie. Lover. Friend.” within significant others and partners.

The book seems like a perfect blend of Empire and Being Mary Jane! Give us some details on these characters and the struggles they have to face in the novel.

Funny you say that; I am familiar with both shows and LOVE Empire. Cookie especially! There are three main characters in “Homie. Lover. Friend.” each with their own prospective struggles. Beau is a gay African American male that is anything but stereotypical, he values unconditional love over casual sex and has a hard time finding it. He also struggles with his personal affinity for his best-friend Roland. Roland is a domineering entrepreneur who has issues respecting those around him and uses women and power to boost his ego. Of course, karma has a way of humbling those who feel they can’t be tamed. Within his doggish past, he has dated and hurt Monae but they have remained friends after the end of their relationship. Monae is a successful career woman who seems to have everything going for her except the support of her fiancé Sterling. Over time she is forced to re-evaluate where she is in life and what is most important to her.

Is it easy to write relationship centric books? It seems like the only topic that continues to stay constant, even as life evolves.

I have always had an interest in relationships and love, part of the reason why I have pursued an alternate career in relationship counseling. It is easy for me to write relationship books because I have been in many relationships and friendships that have pruned me to be who I am now. People will always need one another, regardless of what some might think, which makes the relationship topic easy to relate to. Life may evolve but the yearning for others to care about us constant. Love is life and life is love!

Does “Homie, Lover, Friend” have a deeper meaning than it just being the title of the work?

The title “Homie. Lover. Friend.” was created based off the 90’s R. Kelly song. Each character is one part of the title. Homie being Roland because he is a homie to Beau. Lover being Beau because he wears his heart on his sleeve. Friend being Monae because she is a best-friend to the other characters as they all struggle to find their new selves.

What’s next for you?Headshot

Many things. I have a second book coming out in April called “Jaded”. It is a spin-off to H.L.F. and includes some of the main characters from my first novel. I am also experimenting with different writing styles and preparing myself to write my third novel. I currently co-host a podcast “Conscious Convos” which explores a variety of topics that are prominent to 21st century millennials.  

Where can we find you?

You can find me on Facebook and Instagram. My Facebook page is Author Shawn Christopher and my Instagram name is author_shawnchris

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ULR Daughter of the Game 3 by Kai

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When hate and revenge rain down like lava spewing from a volcano, even the Waters can’t extinguish the fire.
Ricardo triggered a war with plans to snatch the Waters’ empire from Armand, but just like a match dropped in the dry woods, no one can control the explosions that ultimately tear across the city and his family. While Pete executes revenge, Armand is left gathering what’s left of TW2: Monique and Michelle. As secrets tumble out, and the threat of elimination becomes a reality, the Waters wage a final war that will cost them everything. This time, it’s every man and woman for themselves. Game Over.
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I enjoy this author and her writing style. I like her attention to details and loved the conclusion. Great series love Armand although Monique can be a bit ridiculous, dumb, naive, holding things in when she should just explain the circumstances, he loves her anyway. – Milan, Amazon Reviewer

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ULR Feature: Meet Author Reggie Wells

reggiewellsReggie Wells is CEO and President of Power Rich Media and No Smiles Allowed Entertainment. He is an author, publisher, screenplay writer and motivational speaker. Since Reggie’s release from prison from serving twenty-one years in the federal system, his company has published its first novel titled “Instinct & Desires”. Reggie is also working on his first novel titled, “A Prince Amongst Men” and a host of movie scripts to be released in 2015.
No Smiles Entertainment’s mission is to use words to highlight real life situation by producing quality novels and screenplays that will enhance literature and awareness, Reggie plans to give back to the community by creating jobs, events and programs that will mend some of the plights in his communities.

Check out his latest book, Instincts Desires (click here to purchase)instinctsdesires

CHARLIE BANKS a Douglas High School basketball super star was acquitted of first-degree murder. Now after years of shadow boxing with the past, Charlie Banks “AKA” Charlie Rock the once Portland, Oregon drug alleged kingpin traded it all in to become a Federal Correctional Officer. After six and a half years, he volunteers to transfer to a newly opened women’s Federal Correctional Institution called F.C.I. PARELL. Officer Banks is a very handsome man who has always attracted women but his weakness is his strong sexual desires that always overpower his instincts.  He will find out first-hand how female inmates are just as aggressive as the male inmates he worked around.  In the mist of  lust, Banks slowly begins to understand that females use what they have to get what they want. The rules and privileges are different. Money is not their want. It is Freedom versus Equal justice.

If Charlie cannot grasp control over his desires, he will end up like the prisoners he guards eight hours a day…

 

Keep in touch w/ him!

Facebook: Author Reggie Wells

Twitter: @ ReggieWells112

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You Get What You Pay For

Amazon be like:

“We provide readers with books at yard sale price and constantly develop and refine our technologies all in the name of changing how we read.  Oh and by the way, we are deep in our investment of new authors to the point where we developed and promoted new formats just for them.  These formats have been great for the industry  because it has unearthed new talent and made reading ‘cool’ again.”

That’s the main course meal, but does anyone see the dessert that’s been baked, glazed and steeped in the finest bullshit that millions dollars could buy?  The kind of bullshit that’s revealed when a monopoly rises?

Bon Appetit!money-flying-bills-air

Some authors and publishing houses tried to warn us years ago that Amazon would turn on the industry as well as the customers but we, for the most part, plugged up our ears and rationalized what they were doing with ‘Oh shit this book is just .99 cents lemme one click this,  or ‘What a sweet hustle: I put my book on here for .99 cent a pop and my reader base will eat my stuff up like it’s last thing in the cabinet. Amazon been great for ME! I don’t know nor do I care about the other authors.”

It was all good until Amazon decided to strong arm Hachette.  They began to take down preorder buttons for favorites such as James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks and J.K. Rowling and raising the price of their titles. Amazon also increased the shipping times for Hachette books. All of this mess is about the pricing of e-books.  The word is Amazon’s share of e-book sales is more than 60 percent.  They sell their popular titles at $9.99 a clip. They walk away with  over $6 per book sold, while the rest is divvied up between publisher author and an agent. Since Amazon’s stocks fell, they decided to take it out on some publishers because they could. They’re a monopoly and now they could do whatever the hell they want to.

I’ve always thought that the publisher set the prices on Amazon, but I was wrong. I’m pretty sure that the publishers knew that no one in their right mind would pay $10 for an e-book when they’ve been getting them for a dollar or free on demand.  Amazon proponents in the industry, deep down had to know that Amazon was boosting the prices to only help themselves at the publishers’ and authors’ expense.  However they were blinded by the possibilities of reaching new readers that they ended up getting played.

As far as the readers are concerned, they’ve been played to as far as I’m concerned. Here they are, downloading books for little to nothing and reading, not knowing that doing so gassed Amazon’s head up to the point where they marked up the prices of e-books. “What were the customers gonna do? Go to Barnes and Noble.com and buy the same book  for way more than what we offer at $9?”  was and is the thought here.

The fact of the matter is nothing will change here until the publishers and authors ban together in a class action lawsuit and even set up their own distribution channels. Otherwise, they will continue to pay Amazon to punk them under the guise of  promoting industry growth.

Straight, No Chaser: Update Your Product Categories After You Publish To The Kindle Store

Having your books placed in the correct categories are extremely important.  Here are a few tips to make that happen in The Kindle Store. (This process can only be used after your book is live in their store.) To check the categories that your books are listed in, browse your Kindle Product Detail Page to the very bottom and look for the section that reads “Look for Similar Items by Category”.

 

  1.       Log into authorcentral. amazon.com
  2.       Go to the Contact US sections
  3.       Select “Update Information About Book”
  4.       Select “Browse Categories”
  5.       Select “I Want Browse Categories In The Product Details Section”
  6.       Select to communicate with Amazon by email or phone (I like email so that I have a record).
  7.       In the comment section, provide them with the ASIN number, the browse section to change from and the browse section to change to.
  8.       Submit your form and wait for a response.

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THE UPDATE and EMAIL RESPONSE FROM AMAZON

Regarding your request about the categories, because of previous updates in the category process we prefer publishers make changes to their own book categories to ensure they have full control and are able to make additional changes in the future.

You can ensure your book is added to “Kindle Store>Kindle eBooks>Literature & Fiction>Genre Fiction> Mystery & Thrillers>Crime” in the Kindle Store by assigning the following path in your KDP Bookshelf:

FICTION / Crime

These choices don’t match the website exactly because the options displayed in your Bookshelf are BISAC categories (Book Industry Standards and Communications), and the names shown on the website are Browse categories.

Keep in mind you’re able to choose up to two categories for KDP books. In order to change your book categories:

1. Log into your KDP account at https://kdp.amazon.com
2. Check the box to the left of the book, click “Actions” at the top left, and “Edit book details.”
3. Scroll down to “Target Your Book to Customers” and click “Add/Remove categories.”
4. Select relevant categories on the right side of the screen and confirm your choice to add or remove.
5. Click on “Save.”
6. Scroll down the page and click “Save and Continue,” which will take you to the “Rights & Pricing” section.
7. Check the box at the bottom of the screen to accept the Terms & Conditions, then click “Save and Publish.”

The updated categories should be reflected on the website within 72 hours.

For more information about choosing the best Browse Categories, visit: https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help?topicId=200652170

I hope this helps. Thanks for using Amazon KDP.

MY NEW QUESTIONS TO AMAZON

How are the categories being changed to something other than what we select for them if we are asked to provide them at upload?

BISAC numbers are affiliated with your ISBN numbers, Amazon uses in house assigned ASIN numbers. How is it that this information is affiliated with KDP titles on Amazon when they don’t require an ISBN number?

Why is the above information I shared still active on their site if the process has changed for submitting the request?

I will update you with a response shortly.  For now, follow the instructions that they have outlined and check back and update me if your book are showing in the correct category.  It was not until I did this a second time that they actually were placed in the requested sections.